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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: 2) by Immerman on Saturday August 06 2022, @03:14PM (1 child)

    by Immerman (3985) on Saturday August 06 2022, @03:14PM (#1265263)

    Seems to me there's four main reasons to ride a bike outside of formal races (where cheating is rightfully despised):

    Training for racing
    Because you're a hyper-competitive douche who wants to feel superior to other people.

    That last group are the only ones who have any reason to object to electric bikes. But since they're also the group responsible for almost all of the bad reputation of bicycling, I say F$#@ their opinion.

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  • (Score: 2) by legont on Sunday August 07 2022, @04:28AM

    by legont (4179) on Sunday August 07 2022, @04:28AM (#1265381)

    They use the same app to claim their achivements and then somebody from admin or respected community member has to either approve or deny a particular run over the same road.
    Basically, electric bikes are destroying an established world wide competitive amateur racing.

    "Wealth is the relentless enemy of understanding" - John Kenneth Galbraith.