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Cool Facts About Kia Town and MTB E-Bicycles
Kia Motors has made a serious commitment to eco-friendly vehicles, which includes their line of prototype K-velo electric powered bikes.
The latest variations to the line-up will be unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Present.
The K-velo is a ped-elec electric powered bike that comes in Town and MTB variants, each of which emits zero emissions.
This is an extremely effective electric bike that gets the most out of its electric motor, whilst also delivering a real sense of style and technological innovation.
Power is sent to the rear wheel of the K-velo by an electric powertrain made by Bosch, complete with a 250 Watt electric motor.
The unit is powered by a 36 volt, ten amp / hour lithium-ion polymer battery pack, which helps crank out 45 Nm of torque.
The Town version of the K-velo now delivers a range of up to 70 km, which is a large improvement over the 2014 prototypes.
The MTB is better suited to off-road environments, and comes with a range that is up around 50 km.
The battery can be easily removed for recharging, which generally takes about 4 hours using a standard domestic electrical outlet.
The Town and MTB models share the same powertrain and battery set-up, which comes in at about 20 kg.
The top speed of both electric powered bikes comes I a 25 km/h, which is consistent with EU regulations for electric bikes.
The bikes were developed at Kia’s R&D Center in Namyang, Korea, and feature a monocoque steel frame that is made using a steel stamping process with robotic automatic welding.
It’s a process that makes a strong yet lightweight bike frame. This way of putting the frame together is a whole lot different than what is usually done with traditional bikes.
Hydroforming is the process generally used there, which is a more complex method that is also a good deal more expensive.
Kia is able to be a lot more flexible with their designs by using the method that they do.
They also have the opportunity to use a wider array of metals, with aluminum, stainless steel, and high-tensile steel all very suited to the process that they employ.
The Town, as the name suggests, is better suited to riders in an urban environment. It has 28-inch wheels, mud flaps, and a rear-mounted battery.
The MTB is more suited to those looking for off-road adventures, and comes with RockShox 100mm front forks, a mid-mounted battery and 27.5-inch wheels equipped with all-terrain tires.
The frame and electrical components are all made in Korea, with the finishing touches taking place in Germany using braking and gear components that originate in Japan.