BMW’s first electric bike is a futuristic two-wheeled bike with blazing speeds

It’s not an electric motorcycle, but once you take one look at its potential speeds, you might mistake it for one.

BMW has unveiled an electric bike at the IAA Mobility Show in Munich, Germany. It’s beyond the capabilities of most other models you’ll find on the market.

The drive system enables speeds of up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) on bike paths; up to 45 km/h (28 mph) on downtown roads; and up to 60 km/h (37 mph) on Multi-road and off-urban trails. However, insurance plates and the corresponding license are required for higher speeds. BMW has suggested that a future update may allow GPS data to automatically switch between these modes.

In the meantime, a companion smartphone app allows passengers to choose between them. The smartphone integration panel is located just before the handlebars. Thus, it holds the device securely in place with magnets and ensures that it is highly visible.

All the electronics that power i Vision AMBY are housed within the bike’s stunning frame. This includes the cables needed for the brakes and a 2,000-watt-hour killer battery that allows distances of up to 300 km (186 miles) between charges in the lowest power mode.

To ensure safety on this two-wheeled vehicle, the steering wheel is equipped with an integrated LED light strip to keep the road ahead of you illuminated. There is also one attached to the back of the seat to ensure visibility. Finally, without the throttle on the handlebars, users will need to pedal to achieve and maintain their speed. Meanwhile, the bike’s hydraulic disc brakes keep its speed (up to) 60 km/h (37 mph) in check – this of course depends on legal requirements.

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