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posted by janrinok on Friday August 05 2022, @05:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the Porsche-electric-boogaloo dept.

Porsche's new companies are all about electric bikes:

In the future, you may come across a lot more two-wheeled Porsches on the streets. The luxury automaker has launched two new joint ventures with Dutch company Ponooc Investment B.V., and they're both all about electric bikes. Porsche eBike Performance GmbH is based in Ottobrunn near Munich and will develop components, including motors and batteries. Anything it creates will then be used by P2 eBike GmbH, the second joint venture based in Stuttgart, to manufacture Porsche-branded e-bikes for consumers that the company plyans to launch starting in the middle of the decade. 

Porsche is far from a newcomer in the e-bike space. In 2021, it debuted two electric bikes inspired by the Taycan and were made to complement the Cross Turismo, which has a rear carrier. Those bikes, however, along with their motors and gear shifting systems, were manufactured by Japanese bicycle industry giant Shimano. With one company developing parts and another working on the consumer bikes themselves, the upcoming products the joint ventures will release will be all (or at least mostly) Porsche.

The components business will use the e-bike drive systems develop by Fazua, a company Porsche recently acquired, as noted by Electrek. However, it will also develop e-bike systems under the Porsche brand name — it will even sell the technology it designs to other brands. As with anything Porsche, the bikes under the new ventures will most likely not come cheap: Its Taycan-inspired bikes, for instance, set buyers back at least $8,500 at launch, with the sports model selling for prices that start at $10,700.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 06 2022, @03:50AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday August 06 2022, @03:50AM (#1265218)

    Not just the non-athletic, but also the aging and wearing out group, including myself.

    Heh, you'll need at least a tricycle soon enough. Falling off from two wheels is not funny over a certain age, especially when the sense of balance on kinaesthesia wear down enough.

  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday August 06 2022, @01:09PM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday August 06 2022, @01:09PM (#1265254)

    Tried a traditional (two in the rear) recumbent trike a few years back, scary as F to ride fast, much more unstable than a bike. Maybe a tadpole configuration would be better, but one in front without the ability to lean is a bad idea.

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    • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Saturday August 06 2022, @03:55PM

      by Immerman (3985) on Saturday August 06 2022, @03:55PM (#1265279)

      I understand tadpoles have their own issues - mostly that you want to be *really* sure your feet can't come off the pedals to hit the ground, as you'll likely end up with a broken leg, at best.

      I can't understand why anyone ever though it was a good idea to add a motor to traditional non-leaning tricycles. I'm not actually sure if the off-roaders or highway cruisers are more unnerving.

      Well, at least outside of mobility applications where the rider will never have any interest in going fast. (I've heard it claimed that such people exist...)