Friday, December 19, 2014

4hp / 3 kw and 44 lb-ft electric bike ~ a new Bultaco (Autoblog)

Decades ago, Spanish motorcycle brand Bultaco with its thumbs-up logo was among the leaders at building offroad bikes, especially for trials and early motocross competition. However, Japanese competitors eventually took over the scene. Now, the brand is hoping for rebirth in the electric cycle market In Europe with models like the recently launched Rapitan and upcoming Brinco.

Bultaco calls the Brinco a Moto-Bike, but it's what most people would consider a classic moped with pedals being assisted by some source of extra power. In this case, the grunt comes from an electric motor mounted to the rear wheel hub that produces a peak 4 horsepower (3 kilowatts) and 44 pound-feet of torque. It feeds from a one kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery mounted on the frame. The whole setup gives the Brinco an assisted range of about 19 miles, but obviously that can be supplemented by pedaling. A full recharge when hooked up to a wall socket takes about two hours.


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