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A FORD BICYCLE THE TWO-WHEELED CONCEPT FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION (Obama-maobile is unveiled)
Myfordmag.com ^ | Carrie Jones

Posted on 05/01/2012 5:31:06 PM PDT by Brilliant

With electric vehicle technology becoming more desirable to the average consumer, Ford applied its innovative design sense to the two-wheel market and created the E-Bike concept vehicle.

Unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, this sleek, cross-gender bike is powered not with gas, but by a lithium-ion battery. The drive system is subtly embedded in the 5.5-pound aluminium-and-carbon construction frame for a cool, minimalist look—perfect for the energy (and image) conscious city commuter.

Why now? More than 30 million motorized bicycles were sold globally in 2010, with an increasing market share in Europe. Because the E-Bike can also be ridden with pure muscle, the fear of running out of power far from a charging station is eliminated, giving E-Bikes the potential to become the preferred choice for short- and medium-distance destinations, replacing traditional bikes or larger cars.

“There is a synergy between car drivers and potential E-Bike users. A Ford dealer already has the potential E-Bike customer in his shop,” says Juergen Gruner, manager in Accessory Planning and Communication at Ford of Europe.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: automobiles; oil; transportation

1 posted on 05/01/2012 5:31:17 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

My back hurts just looking at it.


2 posted on 05/01/2012 5:33:29 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Brilliant

Looks more like a Lego product than a Ford.


3 posted on 05/01/2012 5:36:17 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Obama's record is an open charnel pit. Romney's too, but under a whitened sepulchre.)
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To: Brilliant

What an amateurish CAD rendering. Is this legitimately from Ford?


4 posted on 05/01/2012 5:36:17 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Brilliant

Where’s the training wheels?
Look for the Obama BeanieCopter to hit the market next year.


5 posted on 05/01/2012 5:36:50 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!!)
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To: Brilliant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Nd13ARuvVE

Fabian Cancellara was ahead of the curve, using electric drives to cheat


6 posted on 05/01/2012 5:37:15 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Brilliant

Might as well get in on the ground floor on this.

Once nobama (in his second term where has has more “flexibility”) and his minions fully implement Agenda 21, we’ll all be riding something like this.


7 posted on 05/01/2012 5:43:16 PM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: RegulatorCountry

It is, but I suspect that this is some Ford designer’s way of humoring the leftists. Sort of like the artists who make crap artwork and then watch with feigned seriousness the reaction of the haughty-taughty elite as they admire it.


8 posted on 05/01/2012 5:43:56 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Brilliant

It looks like a device to sterilize SWPLs.


9 posted on 05/01/2012 5:47:06 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Brilliant

It all depends on how far or fast.

Tooling around town would be fine, but fldefinitely nothing serious.


10 posted on 05/01/2012 5:51:02 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Brilliant

Well, I’m not automatically opposed to such efforts, if there’s a market for a hybrid electric bicycle then by all means, build one. But that rendering is very slapdash, it’s not going to help sell the thing.


11 posted on 05/01/2012 5:51:19 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Jonty30
Ha...looks like a lot of plastics in that...that is PETROchemicals....

In reality we all be riding around on Al Bore's wooden bicycles.

12 posted on 05/01/2012 5:53:22 PM PDT by spokeshave (If Obama is Lenin....who are Trotsky and Stalin...?)
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To: Brilliant
"What, you buy one of these you get a free pair of mom jeans? Ugh! Oh, but it looks good on you!"

(channeling Rodney Dangerfield here :) )

13 posted on 05/01/2012 5:57:09 PM PDT by SparkyBass
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To: spokeshave

Bamboo has a lot of potential for something like this. It’s a nice hardwood and light and very fast growing.


14 posted on 05/01/2012 5:58:03 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Psalm 144

LOL I figured out what Obama will put in Presidential Library , all this green crap and pictures from his vacations


15 posted on 05/01/2012 5:59:41 PM PDT by molson209
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To: spokeshave

And sacraficing all those lovely trees? Gaia Damn you!


16 posted on 05/01/2012 6:03:47 PM PDT by fantail 1952 (Common sense policy: Help your friends. Whip your enemies. Sort out the rest later.)
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To: Brilliant

Pee Wee had a better bike than this.


17 posted on 05/01/2012 6:04:50 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!!)
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To: Brilliant; blackie; BraveMan; Jersey Republican Biker Chick; JoeSixPack1; pt17; Poser; ...
Gimme a Honda moped, please.
18 posted on 05/01/2012 6:04:50 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: BenLurkin

My crotch hurts looking at it.


19 posted on 05/01/2012 6:07:55 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Brilliant
Government Issue Eco-friendly Bike

Frankly, I like the union designed, government issued bike better.
You can paddle like hell and never get anywhere.

20 posted on 05/01/2012 6:10:22 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Brilliant

Ford E-Bike
21 posted on 05/01/2012 6:13:44 PM PDT by TChad
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To: TChad

Waiting for the specs -BUMP!


22 posted on 05/01/2012 6:16:43 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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To: Brilliant

Volkswagen electric bike


Volkswagen electric bike, folded

23 posted on 05/01/2012 6:18:41 PM PDT by TChad
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To: publius911
Waiting for the specs

Here you go:

http://media.ford.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=35270

24 posted on 05/01/2012 6:22:54 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Brilliant
You can spot folks who rode those bikes to work -- by the stripes of mud up their backs...

That thing is a farce.

25 posted on 05/01/2012 6:24:51 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Islander7

“There is a synergy between car drivers and potential E-Bike users. A Ford dealer already has the potential E-Bike customer in his shop,” says Juergen Gruner, manager in Accessory Planning and Communication at Ford of Europe.

Juergen the Jerk does not understand the difficulty of talking an America out of his car and into traffic on a bike.

Good luck, JerkBoy - you are going to need it.


26 posted on 05/01/2012 6:28:55 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: TChad

What’s the price? And where can I get one?


27 posted on 05/01/2012 6:30:21 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: GladesGuru

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/IZIP-E3-Zuma-Electric-Bicycle-Electric-Cruiser-Electric-Bike-500W-Mens-/00/s/NzYzWDEwMDA=/$(KGrHqJHJDgE8fw(DlzbBPVoNrO3Ww~~60_57.JPG

This is more like something that would sell.


28 posted on 05/01/2012 6:33:51 PM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: Brilliant

4 wheels, 300 plus horsepower on gasoline or no deal!!

I put my bicycle with a whizzer engine on it in the trash on my 16th birthday and i won’t get on one for anyone EVER!!!


29 posted on 05/01/2012 6:34:58 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: TXnMA
You can spot folks who rode those bikes to work -- by the stripes of mud up their backs...

If they actually sold this bike, Ford would probably offer fenders. If not:

Planet Bike Hardcore Fender Set ATB (60mm,Black)


30 posted on 05/01/2012 6:35:34 PM PDT by TChad
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To: molson209

Yes, a Presidential reading and play room!


31 posted on 05/01/2012 6:36:35 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Obama's record is an open charnel pit. Romney's too, but under a whitened sepulchre.)
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To: TXnMA

As a commuter (nearly 400 miles so far this year) in Seattle, a good pair of fenders go a long way to aleviate the dreaded Brown Stripe of Discouragement.
This kind of thing would really be good in places where it DOESN”T rain every day.


32 posted on 05/01/2012 6:40:44 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: Brilliant

duh...mo-peds were out like 40 years ago.


33 posted on 05/01/2012 6:41:13 PM PDT by citizen (A)
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To: Brilliant
What’s the price? And where can I get one?

From http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2011/09/22/ford-builds-bicycle/:

"Ford says it has no intention of building the E-Bike just yet..."

"Pricing for the Smart Ebike has not been announced, but existing electric bikes with the similar specifications, like those from Kettler and Optibike, can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $9,000 or more in the United States."

I'd be tempted.

34 posted on 05/01/2012 6:43:15 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Brilliant

Trek makes a bike you can buy today that has electric assist, and it looks fairly normal.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/urban_utility/valencia/valencia_plus/#

I just bought one of their Allant models for commuting, and I’ve been pretty happy with it. It’s fun to ride, and has a nice retro-nerdy-functional vibe going on. I put a Brooks saddle on it to top it off.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/town/urban_utility/allant/allant/#


35 posted on 05/01/2012 6:44:07 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: TChad; irishtenor
I was taking a shot at those "designers" who hype "spiffy concepts" that look sleek -- until you realize they get that sleekness by leaving off minor practicalities -- like fenders, chain guards and places to carry things (like your briefcase)...

(And before you object, I "humped a ruck" too many miles to want anything strapped onto my back while biking...)

And, if you sneer at chainguards, you have never had a pants leg ingested by a sprocket at speed...

36 posted on 05/01/2012 7:32:29 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: irishtenor

I can think of a few scenarios in traffic on a bike that would cause “... the dreaded Brown Stripe of Discouragement.”

And fenders wouldn’t help a bit, I assure you.


37 posted on 05/01/2012 7:39:34 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: All
For all of you who don't know, electric bicycles have been around a long time. There are several people near me who own them. One is a 3 wheeler(or trike)and the other is a two wheel machine. They don't go far and they cost a lot. I believe Walmart sells at least one electric powered bicycle.

Which begs the question: Why are they acting as if this is a new concept?(Rhetorical question, I know the answer).

38 posted on 05/01/2012 7:50:28 PM PDT by calex59
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To: TXnMA
I was taking a shot at those "designers" who hype "spiffy concepts" that look sleek...

Sure, and you're right, but the purpose of this pre-production bike is just to create interest. Besides, it wouldn't be a Ford without expensive options.

39 posted on 05/01/2012 8:26:07 PM PDT by TChad
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To: TChad
"Besides, it wouldn't be a Ford without expensive options."

LOL!! Yep! And with Ford's "packaging" strategy, you probably would have to buy day-glo "foxtails" for the handlebar grips @ $239 each -- to get the package which includes a back fender...

40 posted on 05/01/2012 8:41:27 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TXnMA

Not to mention air conditioning.


41 posted on 05/01/2012 8:45:49 PM PDT by TChad
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To: TChad

You would think it would come with some level of storage as well. If they really intend for this to be a commuter vehicle it would be nice to take your laptop, lunch, etc. along for the ride.


42 posted on 05/01/2012 8:53:40 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: TXnMA

I am a minimalist when it comes to bikes. I don’t wear a backpack, I use panniers when absolutely necessary, but most often I use a bag on my rack and that’s it.

I don’t worry about the chain... I’ve had a few chainring tatoos, but I wear spandex or shorts when I ride, no pant leg to ruin.


43 posted on 05/01/2012 9:06:01 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: Nik Naym

And the stripe wouldn’t be down my back, either :>)


44 posted on 05/01/2012 9:07:22 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: TChad

My Yamaha moped gets 85mpg and cruises at 38mph. I bought it used for $1,100.


45 posted on 05/01/2012 9:11:00 PM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Brilliant

I would never ride that to work — because I don’t want to get SHOT by Holder’s “people” while passing through Chester.


46 posted on 05/01/2012 9:18:16 PM PDT by Windcatcher (Obama is a COMMUNIST and the MSM is his armband-wearing propaganda machine.)
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To: Poser
My Yamaha moped gets 85mpg and cruises at 38mph. I bought it used for $1,100.

It is far more practical than this bike. This is just an interesting toy, and in fact I would probably not buy one if Ford brought it to market. Still, I like interesting toys.

47 posted on 05/01/2012 9:41:02 PM PDT by TChad
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To: TChad

I want one, but I won’t mortgage my house to get. It.


48 posted on 05/02/2012 5:41:02 AM PDT by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Brilliant

Red stripe tires? Must be a Hot Wheels toy.


49 posted on 05/02/2012 5:53:12 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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