VanMoof V is a model new electrical bike that’s so quick … it breaks UK regulation
VanMoof has unveiled its next generation electric bike, which the company calls the “first hyperbike”. What does that mean? In short, it means that it will be quick. Really fast. VanMoof claims that its newest bike, known as the VanMoof V, will be able to reach top speeds of 50 km / h.
It’s going so fast that it could actively cause problems for the Dutch electric bike manufacturer. UK law currently limits all electric bicycles with pedal assistance to a maximum speed of 25 km / h. As soon as you reach this speed, the engine will no longer start. So you can whiz downhill, bent over the handlebars like a Tour de France rider, pedal as quickly as possible – but don’t expect any additional momentum from the engine. You will ride on elbow grease alone.
With the VanMoof V not shipping until the end of next year, it is possible that the situation could change and commuters could use the engine at these higher speeds. If so, VanMoof hopes that its new electric bike will work as a car replacement for people in built-up urban areas. It believes the higher speeds and extended range make it perfect for longer trips. Unfortunately, VanMoof is a little cautious about the exact specifications of this new bike. It announced it will have a 700 Wh capacity battery, but the exact range has not been confirmed. For comparison: VanMoof S3 has 504 Wh and an estimated range of 37-93 miles (60-150km) between charges.
Rough calculations on the back of a coaster suggest that VanMoof V could handle travel over 120 miles without charging, which would be more than enough to replace a car for most city dwellers. However, we have to wait for official confirmation from the company before we know what to expect.
It’s also worth noting that VanMoof sells a PowerBank accessory to increase range, but it’s unclear if it’s compatible with the VanMoof V.
Regardless of the exact numbers, VanMoof V appears to be designed for longer trips than its current range of products. And to improve those long journeys, the V comes with a completely redesigned frame with front and rear suspension – a first for an electric bike from VanMoof – to make longer journeys more comfortable. It should also mean that potholes are less of a nuisance, which is not the case with the current cast.
Thicker tires and a two-wheel drive should also improve driving comfort.
Other elements of VanMoof’s previous electric bikes, including the award-winning S3, have made their way into this new model, including built-in anti-theft protection. This will automatically trigger an alarm if it detects that someone is trying to move the bike after you’ve locked it on the Companion app.
You can also track the location of your VanMoof electric bike in the Find My app, which is pre-installed on all iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Macs. The last known GPS location from a sensor within the frame is displayed on a map, and users can jump into the turn-by-turn directions to the exact location with a tap or two.
Like the VanMoof S3, the new model comes with an automatic transmission so you don’t have to worry about shifting from the handlebars. Instead, the bike itself automatically juggles between the right gear and the amount of power that is drawn from the battery cell.
About the unveiling of his first hyperbike, Ties Carlier, co-founder of VanMoof said: “The VanMoof V is our first hyperbike, an e-bike for higher speeds and longer distances. I believe in this new type of high-speed e-bike that can completely replace scooters and cars in the city by 2025. “
The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has sparked a bicycle boom in the UK, Europe and the United States – sales of electric bicycles in particular are seeing incredible growth. Millions have been invested in urban cycling infrastructure to support the millions of people who are now choosing to avoid public transport and cycle to work.
However, VanMoof would like to see more investment and change. In a blog post on VanMoof V, it says, “To really reverse the auto-first mentality, cities need to modernize their policies to open up our cities to a more sustainable future. Now more than ever, VanMoof co-founders Ties and Taco Carlier are urging lawmakers and city governments to urgently update e-bike regulations to encourage further adoption of this category. During the development of the VanMoof V, VanMoof intends to work with city governments to test solutions from geofencing to revised speeding regulations. “
BMW recently unveiled its first electric bike model, which has three modes with top speeds of 15.5 mph, 45 mph or 60 mph. Like VanMoof, the company has talked about introducing different speed limits for different areas – for example, slower speeds in quiet residential areas versus fast commuter roads into cities.
The VanMoof V is currently in the development phase and is available from today for reservations only by invitation, with the first deliveries expected by the end of 2022.
Reservation codes are regularly shared via a waiting list on vanmoof.com. When you reserve the VanMoof V for £ 20 you can be one of the first to drive it when it’s ready for the road. The VanMoof V is a new addition to the VanMoof range and will stand alongside the existing S3 and X3 series – it will not replace any of these models.