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TEST-RIDING GM’S FIRST ELECTRIC FOLDING BIKE

TEST-RIDING GM’S FIRST ELECTRIC FOLDING BIKE
 GM isn’t the first name you think of when it comes to bicycles. But America’s largest automaker, which is home to Chevy and Cadillac, is hoping to change that with the launch of its Ariv e-bikes
(pronounced like “arrive” and stylized as “ARĪV”) in Europe this week. I was able to meet with the Ariv team in Amsterdam to test-ride both the Ariv Meld and the nearly identical-looking Ariv Merge foldable.

TEST-RIDING GM’S FIRST ELECTRIC FOLDING BIKE
 As someone who’s currently testing the first e-bike from Brompton, a name that’s synonymous with compact folding bikes, I have to say I’m highly impressed with GM’s first foray into electric bicycles. But before we get to the accolades, let’s dive into the specs.

TEST-RIDING GM’S FIRST ELECTRIC FOLDING BIKE


GM’s new e-bikes come in two compact flavors: the single-speed, 19kg (almost 42-pound) Meld, and the foldable eight-speed, 22.5kg (almost 50-pound) Merge. Both of these pedal-assisted city bikes are powered by 250W mid-drive motors of GM’s design and are capable of hitting the EU maximum of 25 km/h (16 mph). Both bikes are equipped with removable 240Wh batteries that are good for about 64 km of “real-world” range on the lowest power setting, after a full 3.5-hour charge, according to GM.
TEST-RIDING GM’S FIRST ELECTRIC FOLDING BIKE

TEST-RIDING GM’S FIRST ELECTRIC FOLDING BIKE



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