Porsche unveils a pair of ridiculously expensive electric bikes | Source: Porsche

Porsche’s Electric Ambition Laid Bare After Significant Investment in E-Bike Technology

Porsche is the latest automaker to try its hand at making and selling electric bikes, and the result looks very interesting and very expensive.

Porsche has bought a 20 per cent stake in a Bavarian electric bike drive component manufacturer FAUZA and plans to embark on two joint ventures in electric mobility with investment firm Ponooc.

The Volkswagen-owned company announced that it would start selling a pair of full-suspension e-bikes this spring and released two electric bikes, an on-road and off-road model last year alongside the launch of its electric car, the Taycan.

Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, starting from A$176,600 (Source: Porsche)

Bavarian firm FAUZA manufactures a lightweight electric motor and gear system specifically for electric bikes, its system weighs 4.6kg and can offer up to 250 watts of power and 56Nm of torque.

With these specifications, there is online buzz that Porsche could possibly soon produce a luxury electric bike weighing under 10 kilograms, half the weight of their current two models.

Fauza manufactures the motors for well-known bike companies such as Cairn, Canyon, Pinarello and Trek already and the deal gives Porsche the option of purchasing future shares in Fauza and conceivably taking over the company.

Porsche’s current two models of electric bike, developed with the help of e-bike firm Rotwild make use of clean lines and the latest cycling technology so your morning commute or weekend dirt track is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

Porsche eBike Sport, A$16,805.05 (Source: Porsche)

The Porsche eBike Sport is designed for the daily commute or trip in an urban environment, it uses a Shimano EP8 motor, which can power the bike to 25 km/h and Shimano electronic gear shifting system.

Magura high-performance brakes, upside-down suspension fork and the Fox rear shock absorber make this model perfect for traversing concrete, bitumen and the light terrain of a city park.

Porsche eBike Cross, A$11,374.90 (Source: Porsche)

The cross is a little heavier but has a more powerful Shimano electric motor and Magura-MT Trail high-performance brakes with extra-large, heat-resistant brake discs for safe off-road braking.

The mechanical Shimano XT 12-fold shifting system enables fast gear changes according to the terrain, allowing the rider to downshift three gears at a time, for those steep inclines and ever-present rocks, tree stumps and boulders.

Porsche’s collaboration with investment fund Ponooc is very interesting for e-bike enthusiasts, the sustainability fund set up by Dutch bicycle giant Pon, the parent company of a group of companies that includes bike manufacturers such as FOCUS, Cannondale, Santa Cruz, GT, Kalkhoff, Gazelle and Cervélo is still largely a mystery to the industry.

But after acquiring a controlling stake in Croatian firm Greyp, Porsche is now well-positioned to make some moves into the e-bike industry.

The Cyklær E-gravel Bike, A$10,202.32 (Source: Stork-Bikes)

Porsche Digital has already collaborated with Greyp, Storck and FAZUA on an E-Bike, the Cyklær E-gravel bike utilises Greyp’s abilities in software design and digital connectivity, the E-bike featuring front and rear-facing cameras that record high-quality video and audio.

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