Last November, General Motors said it would start making electric bicycles, and it announced a crowdsourcing campaign to come up with a brand name. Today, the automaker released the winning name — Ariv, pronounced like "arrive” — and said it would start taking orders in select countries in Europe.
THE MELD, A COMPACT E-BIKE, AND THE MERGE, A FOLDING E-BIKE
GM says it will manufacture two models under the new Ariv brand name: the Meld, a compact e-bike, and the Merge, a folding e-bike. GM is still keeping most of the specs under wraps, but it did say the bikes’ motors will enable speeds up to 25 km/h (15.5 mph) with four levels of pedal-assisted power. Riders can charge their e-bike’s battery in approximately 3.5 hours and receive up to 64 kilometers (40 miles) of ride time on a single charge.
GM is launching the bikes in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, where lithium-ion battery-powered e-bikes are popular. In Belgium and the Netherlands, the Ariv Meld starts at under $3,200, and the Ariv Merge is around $3,800, but prices will be slightly lower in Germany. GM expects to begin shipping to customers in the second quarter of this year. Preorders are available starting today via www.BikeExchange.com.