ŠKODA unveils electric bike KLEMENT with tilting foot pedals
At the Geneva Motor Show, ŠKODA has unveiled its latest electric concept, a two-wheel electric bike called the KLEMENT.
Featuring a 4-kW rear hub motor, the KLEMENT has a top speed of 45 km/h. Riders accelerate and brake the KLEMENT just as they would popular hoverboards – by tilting the foot pedals.
If the user shifts their weight forwards on the pedal, the KLEMENT’s hub motor accelerates. If the pedals pivot backwards, a hydraulic disc brake at the front equipped with ABS is activated, as is regenerative braking at the rear wheel.
Made from an aluminium frame, the KLEMENT has has no visible levers or cables and the rider’s feet rest on fixed pedals located where e-bikes ordinarily have a bottom bracket.
Two lithium-ion batteries, each featuring 52 cells, have a total capacity of 1,250 Wh – providing a range of up to 62 km. These batteries can be easily removed and charged using a household plug socket. They can also be recharged while riding thanks to brake energy recuperation.
With a target weight of approx. 25 kg, ŠKODA claims the KLEMENT is easy to manoeuvre at all times.
The concept’s integrated light system includes an LED headlight and brake light, LED indicators integrated into the pedals as well as a daytime running light. A smartphone holder with inductive charging is located on the crossbar, just behind the handlebars.
Indeed smartphones are the key to unlocking the e-bike’s full connectivity potential. They can also be used to link the KLEMENT to ŠKODA’s Coming Home function, the automatically triggered Emergency Call as well as remote diagnostics and maintenance. Owners can also programme a restricted area of use for the bike using Geofencing.
Says Guido Haak, Head of Product Management at ŠKODA AUTO:
“Micromobility is becoming increasingly important in cities. By presenting the KLEMENT at the Geneva Motor Show, we are showcasing our vision for the future of micromobility: sustainable, innovative, electric and with a pure, modern design.
“The KLEMENT is a state-of-the-art, dynamic and easy-to-use vehicle, and allows the ŠKODA brand to further appeal to a younger target group with a heightened sense of environmental awareness.”
The KLEMENT electric two-wheel concept will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show from 7 to 17 March 2019.