BMW Cruise Electric Bicycle

BMW Cruise Electric Bicycle

Umm...well, sort of.

Hrm, Maybe I'll Just Leave My i3 At Home For This Trip and Grab my Electric BMW Bicycle Instead

Hrm, Maybe I'll Just Leave My i3 At Home For This Trip and Grab my Electric BMW Bicycle Instead

The BMW i3 will come with a range-extended option that allows owners to drive up to approximately 200 miles total before recharging, thanks to a motorcycle engine out back, and a 2.3 gallon gas tank up front.  But for owners seeking a cleaner range extender, BMW offers a zero-emissions unit that's compact enough to be shoved or somehow wedged into the i3's hatch.  Maybe a roof-mounted rack is the way to go.

Yes, it's a zero-emissions bicycle, but rather than be forced to constantly pedal, this one is electric.

BMW is poised to enter the exploding European electric bicycle industry with this 44-pounder called the Cruise e-bike.

The hybrid touring bike features pedal assist capable of hitting a top speed (unassisted by the legs of the cyclist) of 15.5 mph and boasts a range of 53 miles.

The bike's lithium-ion battery is mounted on the down tube section and a 250-W Bosch electric motor fits in under the bottom bracket.

This limited release bicycle will be sold only in Germany, with a production run of 1,000 units.

BMW hasn't released pricing for the Cruise e-bike, but for the active types out there, this electric bike could be the way to go to "extend" the i3's range by 50 or so miles without the optional range-extender's harmful emissions.