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Now You Can Bike to the Future with the New “Electrified S”

For $3,500 you can bike and connect to the Internet at the same time.

Annabs SanchezApril 5th 2016

If Doc was an environmentally conscious mad scientist, and Marty McFly was a millennial living in Amsterdam, the DeLorean would be VANMOOF’s Electrified S bike and Back to the Future would’ve been a very different movie.

The Amsterdam-based company has begun pre-orders for the smarter, sleeker, and more powerful follow-up to its award-winning VANMOOF 10.

The Bike of the Future

The Electrified S comes with all the bells and whistles that are expected from the bike of the future. A touch screen on the bike’s top tube allow users to control the bike’s speed, locking mechanism, and power.

If that’s not futuristic enough for you, the electric bike can also be operated through the VANMOOF app. Just download it to your smartphone and use the bike’s built-in 3G chip to modify the electric bike’s individual settings.

The app also functions as the bike’s “keys,” GPS, and anti-theft tracker, if the bike is reported stolen. Taco Carlier, co-founder and designer at VANMOOF, notes that the few prototype bikes that have been stolen were all recovered using the tracker in cooperation with the police.

Good Battery Life or Bust

Similar to smartphones, battery life is also the top benchmark for electric bikes. Because, what’s the use of a futuristic bike if the battery’s quick to empty, right? On a single charge, its 250W electric motor can run for 50 km on high power or 120 km on low power.

The main battery, which takes 6 hours to charge from zero to full, is supported by a backup battery that can last for weeks.  So there’s no need to worry that you’ll run out of juice while biking up a steep hill. Better still, because VANMOOF designs and creates its own bike parts, replacing the battery is possible without having to go through third-party sellers.

VANMOOF will start shipping in June and the first 200 customers can take advantage of the $1,000 early bird discount.

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