We reported earlier that Porsche announced the Taycan Cross Turismo. However, from the same event, there was news for bike enthusiasts too. The Volkswagen owned brand released two electric bike models; the eBike Sport and the eBike Cross, targeted at different demographics of bikers.
The Sport is meant as a daily driver that you hop on around town. Porsche is calling it ‘the perfect companion for everyday life’. It uses a full suspension carbon fiber body frame and integrates a Shimano EP8 electric motor, supporting up to speeds of 25 km/h. Battery capacity is 504 Wh. Disc brakes are supplied by Magura. There are Supernova’s M99 LED lights built into the seat post and handlebars.
The other model is the Cross, meant for off-road adventuring. It uses motors from Shimano as well. The brakes however are high-performance, with extra-large, heat-resistant brake discs. The Shimano XT 12-fold shifting system makes it capable of negotiating the rough terrains riders would encounter while mountain biking. The Crankbrothers Highline seat uses hydraulics to adjust to the rider’s comfort. There is a display for checking speed, distance and battery range on the go. Total weight is 48.7 pounds.
Prices, as expected are in the premium category. The Sport costs £9,600 while the Cross is priced at £7,650. Both models will go on sale in spring 2021.
To ensure that you easily transport your bikes, Porsche also made a rear carrier for the Taycan Cross Turismo. It is easy to be installed, according to the auto maker, and supports a payload of 50 kg, corresponding to the weight of two e-bikes. It can be upgraded to accommodate a third bike. The carrier works with any type of bikes. When loaded, the Taycan’s boot remains accessible.
Studio F. A did the design work and Rotwild of German built the electric bikes in Dieburg. Porsche revealed that the wheels of the e-bikes were inspired by that of their larger cousin, the Taycan Cross Turismo itself.
Porsche isn’t the first electric vehicle maker dabbling in electric bikes. Tesla has reportedly designed an e-bike of its own. It remains to be seen if the successes enjoyed by these car makers will translate into the world of two-wheel mobility.