Today, we would like for you all to bow your head down, and join us in a moment of silence. We gather to celebrate the short life of the GM electric bicycle.
The GM electric bicycle was revolutionary
In 2018, the GM electric bicycle was born, with the promise to revolutionize personal transportation for every human being on the planet. It was such an exciting time, that GM launched the Ariv electric bicycle program with contest, that allowed the public to name the e-bike.
The result was the name Ariv, which the public went crazy over, and one lucky winner riding away with $10,000.
Such an exciting time for electric bicycles
This was such an exciting and historic time in e-bike history. GM developed two versions of the Ariv electric bike.
There was the Ariv Meld, a compact electric bicycle priced at €2,800 in Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Ariv Merge on the other hand, while similar in design, was able to fold at a price of €3,400.
These major automaker, quality e-bikes were so sought after in Germany that they costed even more. The Ariv Meld costed €2,750 and the Ariv Merge cost €3,350
Outstanding technological features
A great technological feature that both these e-bikes had was an in-house developed mid-drive, 250w motor.
For safety, both e-bikes had integrated LED lights that were powered by the main battery, and offered hydraulic disc brakes.
As you can see, these electric bicycles were very well equipped, where they even met Europes strict e-bike regulations. That meant a top speed of 25 km/h (15.5 mph) and no hand throttle. Instead, they had four levels of pedal-assist to choose from.
That’s not very fast for an e-bike, but on the plus side, in the lowest power mode, the Ariv battery was capable of providing a range of 64 km (40 miles).
Gather around as we conclude this ceremony of the life and death of the GM electric bicycle
While it might be true that GM has decided to end it’s electric bicycle program, due to the havoc that the COVID19 has done to it’s balance sheets, they sure did learn a lot from it.
Ariv has provided GM with quite a bit of significant insights about micromobility. In the future GM plans to use everything that they learned to create better innovation, according to director of global innovation Brian Tossan in a statement to The Verge.