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posted by janrinok on Friday August 05, @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 mcgrew on Monday August 08, @05:49PM (5 children)

    by mcgrew (701) <> on Monday August 08, @05:49PM (#1265579) Homepage Journal

    Yes, but a $4000 computer from 1995 wouldn't even display a modern web page using the U of I browser. My $120 cell phone has more computing power than NASA did when men walked on the moon. ENIAC wouldn't even power a singing Hallmark card.

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  • (Score: 2) by legont on Tuesday August 09, @12:44AM (4 children)

    by legont (4179) on Tuesday August 09, @12:44AM (#1265630)

    I am not sure I get your point.

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    • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Friday August 12, @01:19PM (3 children)

      by mcgrew (701) <> on Friday August 12, @01:19PM (#1266299) Homepage Journal

      The point was that electric technology always gets cheaper and never more expensive. I've never in my 70 years seen technology get more expensive, just cheaper and/or better. That was an example. Another is an electric drill I have that my dad bought for $50 in 1960. I've lost the chuck. I bought a new professional use drill that uses rechargeable batteries, is lighter and more powerful, and needs no chuck that I paid $100.00 for. Remember, a McDonald's hamburger was 15¢ and is now $2.49 for the same burger.

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      • (Score: 2) by legont on Saturday August 13, @05:26AM (2 children)

        by legont (4179) on Saturday August 13, @05:26AM (#1266408)

        Well, compressed air driven tools are still 5 times cheaper than electric ones and they never go bad if a drop of oil per day rule is followed. I don't know how much they were in 1960, but nowadays I have them all as they are dirt cheap and still better than electric for many applications. My compressor was made in 60s though and I got it for free on a garage sale.
        You can, off course, argue that a compressor itself is electric, for which I'd reply it does not have to be. Regardless, the main issue is and ever was the battery. It does go bad used or not. Actually, if a battery is not used it goes bad much faster which is an issue for an occasional user.

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        • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Saturday August 13, @08:06PM (1 child)

          by mcgrew (701) <> on Saturday August 13, @08:06PM (#1266479) Homepage Journal

          I was comparing a 1960 electric drill to a 2019 electric drill. Comparing an electric drill to a pneumatic drill is apples and oranges.

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          • (Score: 2) by legont on Sunday August 14, @11:34PM

            by legont (4179) on Sunday August 14, @11:34PM (#1266655)

            You compared two electric drills and implied that electric technology develops well.
            I compared electric technology to pneumatic one and implied that it's even better tech.

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