The Ford E-Bike Concept is designed to put Ford’s knowledge of electric mobility into practice. Ford has no production plans for this electric bike model, but will continue to work on the idea alongside other future mobility solutions.
The core of the design is a trapezoidal box. It is made of aluminum and carbon and combines great strength with great lightness (only 2.5 kg.). The wheels, in a six-spoke V design, appear to float around the frame, while the drive system is hidden, creating a clean, minimal look.
Power is supplied by a system consisting of a motor in the front with a lithium-ion battery in the frame that allows a range of up to 85 km with full load, an integrated controller and a patented magnetostriction sensor that comes from the world of Formula 1.
Magnetostrictive materials are used to convert magnetic energy into kinetic energy and vice versa. In Formula 1, these sensors make it possible to combine high engine rpm with intense thermal stress. They do not require physical contact with other parts of the engine, are not dependent on temperatures or require maintenance.
In the Ford E-Bike, where this technology is used for the first time on a bicycle, the sensors read the revolutions in the hub and send this information to the control unit in a hundredth of a second. After that, the control unit activates or deactivates the electric motor instantly, offering a perfect integration between the energy supplied by pedaling and the motor.
A display mounted on the handlebar provides information about the route and allows the rider to choose between three possible modes: Economy, Comfort and Sport.
The system is complemented by high-end components, including a Shimano Alfine 11-speed derailleur and a Shimano Rapidfire lever. Instead of a traditional chain, a carbon belt system is used, enabling a cleaner, lighter and immediate energy transfer.