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.

Kia E-BicyleWhile Kia is using the design and engineering skills that they have applied to their vehicles, the bikes are actually something of a return to basics, as bikes is where Kia got their start.

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.

2 thoughts on “Cool Facts About Kia Town and MTB E-Bicycles

  1. Nice bike. Now off topic: I just saw the all new VW CC concept. All they did was take the Crosstour’s greenhouse and side profile. But since VW isn’t Korean it can get away from copying Honda. Yet because the 2010 Forte is Korean it got accused of copying Honda’s civic. Now watch when the 2016 Cadenza is unveiled, they will accuse it’s greenhouse of copying ignoring 18 other cars with that same greenhouse including the 2016 VW CC concept. But I”m prepared to comment if and when the 2016 Cadenza is revealed to list these greenhouses Altima, Buick Verno, Sentra, Avalon, 2016 VW CC, Crosstour, Dodge Dart, Chrysler 200, Avalon, Passat, Audi A6, 4 Door Audi TT concept, BMW GT, Infinti M, Lincoln MKZ, Fusion, Impala, Genesis. Yet none of the auto makers were interested in giving their cars D pillars until the 2011 Sonata did it first. And yet when the 2004 Legacy had D pillars no one was interested. Wow, I jut listed 20 vehicles with D pillars. But only the Sonata and Genesis out of the 18 are the copycats.

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