The race of car manufacturers to go electric also includes e-bikes. Almost all four-wheeled brands – from Jeep to Peugeot (the only one to produce bikes on a large scale) – offer their branded version of a pedal-assist bicycle, and they are now joined by motorbike manufacturers.
The one that makes the biggest impression is Porsche, which back in the day offered its customers beautiful, high-tech, expensive mountain bikes. In March of this year, the Stuttgart-based company – which has also taken over the majority shareholding in Greyp Bikes (it already owned a share), a Croatian company specialising in pedal-assist bikes with the characteristic of being hyper-connected – presented its new e-MTB in two versions, Sport and Cross, made in collaboration with Rotwild and manufactured in Germany. The design is inspired by that of the new Porsche Taycan, the bikes have a carbon frame, are shock-absorbed front and rear, have a Shimano EP8 motor with a 504 Wh battery and electronic Di2 gearbox with 11 gears (Sport) or mechanical 12 gears (Cross). Their prices? Fair enough, because despite the 8,200 euros for the Cross version and 10,200 for the Sport, they’ve already gone almost sold out, so much so that Porsche is working with Rotwild on an update and then a restock. Unless, with the acquisition of Greyp Bikes, it creates a real e-bike range.