What is fast becoming one of the longest car launches in history continues today with the introduction of an electric bike concept based on the forthcoming Vauxhall Ampera.
The RAD e electric bike is a bicycle designed to match the Vauxhall Ampera. This means the distinctive boomerang-shaped headlamps of the hatchback influence the design of the bike itself.
Designed as a concept, the bike also features an electric motor to aid speed, making it a type of hybrid bicycle matching pedal power with electric energy.
Vauxhall says the bicycle will be capable of travelling at speeds between 37 and 90mph courtesy of a 250 watt motor.
It is not expected to make it into production immediately but is more a design concept in preparation for the first deliveries of the car which inspired the design.
The Vauxhall Ampera which influenced the concept is open for orders in the UK now but the extended-range electric vehicle has been being prepared by the car maker for over two years now.
When it does arrive at UK Vauxhall dealerships such as Perrys Vauxhall of Canterbury – and first deliveries will begin to UK customers in May – the Ampera will cost from £29,000 and deliver a range of 350 miles.
Up to 50 of these miles will be in electric mode before a petrol engine charges the battery on the move to extend the range further, leading to fuel economy figures of over 100mpg and CO2 emissions below 40g/km.
The new Vauxhall Ampera has been shortlisted for the prestigious World Car of the Year award for 2012 and qualifies for a £5,000 discount as part of the government’s plug-in car grant.
Vauxhall is not the first manufacturer to design a bicycle to complement its car range. Land Rover regularly builds bikes based on its car range.
The most recent of which, the Range Rover Evoque bike, was based on the new luxury SUV launched last year.