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Premium E-bike Maker Biomega Debuts Four-passenger EV Concept

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【Summary】Called SIN and showcased at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, the crossover utility unit features a transparent shell, large tires and a spacious interior.

Michael Cheng    Nov 13, 2018 6:00 AM PT
Premium E-bike Maker Biomega Debuts Four-passenger EV Concept
author: Michael Cheng   

The cutting-edge aspects of EVs are attracting new participants from related sectors, such as bladeless-fan manufacturer Dyson. Earlier this month, another company – this time from the premium e-bicycle industry – announced it will produce EVs. 

Biomega, a Copenhagen-based business that specializes in urban mobility solutions, revealed a concept EV capable of seating four passengers. Called SIN and showcased at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, the crossover utility unit features a transparent shell, large tires and a spacious interior. The EV is very minimal, which is consistent with the company's two-wheel products.

SIN Concept EV

According to Biomega, the SIN EV is equipped with 100 miles of range per full charge. The car is powered by four motors, capable of going from 0 to 62 mph in 13 seconds. With a maximum speed of 80 mph, the EV is suitable for transportation in urban environments. Dual battery components are stored under the EV. The accessible storage system hints at the possibility of modular or interchangeable power cells.

For lightweight properties, the unit incorporates large amounts of carbon fiber. Most of the weight will stem from the battery pack, at roughly 440 pounds or more than 25 percent of the EV.

"Biomega bikes are each named with a three-letter abbreviation of a city that has inspired some elements of the design," explained the startup.

"The car, in line with its bicycle predecessors, will be named SIN, after the contemporary urban sprawl of Singapore."

At the moment, the cabin of the SIN EV is one dimensional – though this may change in the future, as the business finalizes the design. A rectangular steering wheel is provided for driving (no dashboard or meters, cup holders and seat dividers). Passengers may access a tablet-like display for entertainment and standard driving information. In some versions of the concept, the SIN EV is pictured without doors, windshield wipers and cargo space.

Production and Commercial Release

The SIN EV is still at the early, conceptual stages. Production is expected to start between 2021 and 2022, with a projected commercial release by 2023. Pricing for the EV will start at $23,000. It is important to point out that Volkswagen has committed to the same price range for its upcoming EV.

Is Biomega serious about launching its first EV? Based on the company's track record, which spans all the way from 1998, the answer (for now) seems to be a firm yes. The business offers both shaft-driven and bamboo bicycles for casual rides, as well as cargo units for demanding errands and extended use. Furthermore, the company sells two types of electric bikes.

"We've always been about creating a paradigm shift in the way society imagines transportation", said Jens Martin Skibsted, the Founder of Biomega, Co-chairman of the World Economic Forum's Think Tank in Entrepreneurship, and Vice Chairman of Denmark-based D2.

"We're working on a new spectrum of vehicles, with our bicycles the most compact and the EV the largest. SIN is another step in our ongoing battle against the combustion car."

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