100 km more range and easier to charge
The Dutch e-bike manufacturer VanMoof is introducing a so-called power bank for its S3 and X3 pedelecs – a removable battery that increases the range by up to 100 kilometers. The power bank was not only developed because of the additional range, but also to make charging easier.
"This is one of our most important innovations to date. It balances our core philosophies of integration and accessibility and ensures that each of our riders gets the best of both worlds: a hassle-free way to charge their VanMoof and a super strong range when cycling in the City." (Ties Carlier, co-founder of VanMoof)
The two e-bike models from VanMoof called S3 and X3 should come close to the range of electric cars with the power bank. Obviously, the power bank cannot supply the drive directly with power, but charges the main battery when the vehicle is stationary or while driving – this could lead to energy losses.
The power bank can be charged from 0 to 100 percent in three hours, weighs 2.8 kilos and costs 348 euros plus 25 euros for delivery. The range of the X3 or S3 increases by 45 to 100 km, depending on which of the four support levels is used. With the 60 to 150 km that the e-bike allows without the power bank, the total range increases to 105 to 250 km. The power bank will be delivered from June 2021.
The VanMoof S3 is the e-bike for riders who are 1.70 to 2.10 meters tall. It looks like a classic men's trekking bike with 28-inch wheels, but with rather thick frame tubes – the battery has to be stowed somewhere. Smaller people (between 1.55 and 2.00 meters tall) choose the X3 with 24-inch wheels, which offers a deeper entry. The look is a bit weird here, but you could also say: unconventional. The prices for both bikes start at 1,998 euros.
Both bikes weigh around 21 kilos and have the same technology. The 504 watt hour battery should provide a range of 60 to 150 kilometers. It can be fully charged in four hours. The website does not reveal how the battery can be charged. Since the manufacturer emphasizes that the power bank can be charged in the apartment, we suspect that this is not possible with the battery integrated in the e-bike. According to the brochure, the battery is "removable for service work".
The electric motor offers 59 Nm torque and sits in the front hub. The equipment includes an electronic four-speed gearshift and hydraulic disc brakes as well as a 40-lux headlight; the rear light is integrated into the top tube. The manufacturer does not provide any information on the width of the tires, but the inscription "50-507" (24 inches) or "50-622" (28 inches) can be read on the press photos, so these are five centimeters wide, thick city tires.
A matrix display made up of 160 LEDs in the top tube shows the speed. In addition, the rear wheel can be locked with a light kick against the rear wheel hub ("Kick Lock"). This also activates the integrated anti-theft device using Bluetooth and GSM cell phone tracking. The lock is automatically deactivated via Bluetooth driver recognition.
The bikes S3 & X3, which were presented in spring 2020, will be improved afterwards – according to the motto "The bike is never finished". The e-bikes are now compatible with Apple's "Find My" app. With the app, the e-bike can be located at any time – from the iPhone, iPad or Mac. The app requires an iPhone with iOS 14.3 or later, an iPad with iPadOS 14.3 or later, or a Mac with Big Sur macOS 11.1 or later.
In addition, various details have now been improved. The readability of the matrix display has been optimized, there are also newly designed fender flaps and pedals as well as improved internal cabling.
Picture gallery: VanMoof S3 and X3
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