BMW opened its first store for its i sub-brand recently on Park Lane in London, perhaps proving the project lives on despite the automaker mulling a contingency plan since EVs haven’t quite taken off in the market place as they had hoped by now.
Along with the updated i3 model at the store’s grand opening was the i Pedelec, a foldable electric bicycle that BMW hopes will complement every i3 out on the road. Featuring a frame constructed from lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber, the compact bike can easily fit in the trunk of the i3 once its folded. In fact, the German automaker claims a pair of them can slide in comfortably.
Equipped with an electric motor, the i Pedelec has an electronic management system and a high-performance battery that allows the rider to hit 16 mph. With that speed restraint, no license is required to use the i Pedelec and it does not have to be registered or insured. Pending on the rider’s body size, the i Pedelec is able to travel anywhere from 16 to 25 miles on a single charge.
Of course, the i Pedelec can be charged while inside the trunk of the i3 or off a standard electric plug. BMW says a normal, full charge takes four hours, while those in a rush can get it done in 1.5 hours with a quick charge.