Kia has unveiled two prototype electric bikes at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show - 70 years on from the vehicle manufacturer's inception as Korea's first mass producer of bicycles.
The all-new Kia Electric Bicycle (KEB) is a 'pedelec' electric bike - shown in Geneva as both 'City' and 'MTB' (Mountain Bike) versions - promises lively performance from its powerful electric motor, while incorporating a host of technical innovations in its design, specification and manufacture.
The rear-wheel drive KEB is propelled by a 250-watt electric motor producing a generous 45nm of torque, and powered by a 36-volt, 10-amp lithium-ion polymer battery pack which is easily detached for recharging.
The City model will appeal to commuters, thanks to a range of around 40km on a single charge and a recharging time of four hours.
Designed and engineered by Kia's Namyang Research & Development Centre in Korea, the KEB features an innovative monocoque metal frame, which looks like a carbon fibre frame but is produced by an advanced metal stamping technology and a robotic automated welding process - resulting in automotive-industry standards of quality control.
Both the City and MTB models feature the same drivetrain and power pack, weigh around 20kg in total, and have a top speed of 25kph (15.5mph), thus complying with EU regulations.