Garage chargers? We don't need no stinkin' garage chargers. Germany-based Feddz is getting ready to start European sales of its electric bike, and, to do so, it's touting a removable-battery system that makes garage chargers unnecessary, if not almost quaint.

The bike comes in variants that have top speeds ranging from 16 to 28 miles per hour and features two battery capacities that can go for either 45 or 69 miles on a charge (interestingly, both are the same size and weight). That pack can be replenished via fast charger in as little as four hours (or five-and-a-half to seven hours using a 220-volt system), but the key point is that you can have two packs and simply swap a fully charged one onto the bike in minutes. Or, you can recharge the battery when it's connected to the bike. The bike weighs about 73 pounds without the battery and has enough storage space for, "a football, jersey, spikes and a water bottle to take you to the next game," the company says.

The price? Ranges from about $8,260 to $10,000, with first deliveries slated by the end of the month. And the bike, which requires either a "Class AM" or a full drivers license in Germany, is "approved for street traffic throughout Europe," the company says on its website. Check out the one-minute, too-cool video showing off the bike and its rather nimble maneuvers around some European harbor district below.



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      • 9 Months Ago
      Bought a 48cc bicycle engine kit 3-years ago, mounted it on an adult Torker Boardwalk Cruiser, added a Rear Rack and Handlebar Basket, and I use this bike to make quick runs to the local market (Milk, Bread, etc). I get about 100-miles per gallon of gasoline, and it requires no insurance, tags, license, or taxes (for whatever value that adds). There are some issues, like I cannot take off from a Dead Stop using the throttle - have to get pedaling to take off / before using the engine and breaking in the bike I went through a couple of chains and replaced the rear rim once (due to spokes getting yanked out because I wasn't pedaling before using the throttle), I also replaced one fuel valve - which dry rotted over a winter period. I weigh nearly 250 lbs, so while it would still pull my frame up hills, I still pedal along to help reduce strain on the chain. I am a Heart Attack Survivor (quintuple bypass), so my DR's encourage me to exercise.... CAREFULLY, NOT OVER-DOING IT! So, this bike still gets me exercising AND is quite functional!
        DarylMc
        • 9 Months Ago
        Good on youLets_Go_4a_Ride For getting out and about on your bicycle. I reckon you would enjoy an electric version even more.
        DarylMc
        • 9 Months Ago
        Good on you Lets_Go_4a_Ride for keeping at it. I reckon an ebike of some sort will make your getting out and about even more pleasure than the gas conversion. Best wishes.
          fairfireman21
          • 9 Months Ago
          @DarylMc
          For $8500 and some exercizing with a little pedaling would be much better than a sit down and do nothing bike. I also think the set up of this bike IE seat and handle bars would not be good for him, remember he said he was 250 pounds not the tooth pick you see on it in the pic and vid. (not trying to affend you Lets_Go_4a_Ride). If he can go 100 miles on we'll say $4.00 at $8500 he could go 212,500 miles with a little exercize. If he biked on average of 10 miles per day it would take him about 58 years to see the $8500. For $8500 you can buy a golf cart, moped, scooter, lawn mower, and still have lots of cashleft over. Good for you Lets_Go_4a_Ride, Keep it up.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 9 Months Ago
      Why not just have a really large battery and design the vehicle to be so light that it can still be carried? you can do this with high end 18650 cells that have massive watt-hours per kg. I usually carry around a 40 mile pack, optionally i can outfit a 80 mile range pack.. but i find that my interest in riding a bicycle further than 50 miles is pretty much nil, as it starts to hurt around that point.. unless you're going very fast. 50 miles at our legal top speed of 20 miles per hour = 2.5 hours on a bicycle. Who's going to do that and hot swap to spend another 2.5 hours on the bike? I mean.. 5 hours on a bicycle in a day is a lot. $8,620 as a starting price for a bicycle? German crack must be better than ours! that's almost what a Zero Motorcycle starts at. Any hobbyist can build this for a third of the price, starting with a dual suspension frame.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Where does it say that everybody's going to use it for long range rides. it's still perfect for daily local trips is it not? other than that, I thought that your story was informative. I agree that the price is steep and will most likely result in loss of sales.
          fairfireman21
          • 9 Months Ago
          Where does it say that a pedle power bike is not suitable for short trips. Plus a standard bike you can outfit with front and rear side baskets so it can carry more than a water bottle spikes and jersey. When I was single I would use one of these old basket type bikes and could haul home a weeks worth of food, and no I did not live on Raman Noodles.
        JVP
        • 9 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        You haven't seen what mid to high end bicycles cost, have you. This struck me as a reasonable price given it has good quality components. Light, cheap, strong: pick two, and then add a battery pack.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 9 Months Ago
          @JVP
          You can have light, cheap, strong, and big battery and you don't have to pay a lot for it. If you think that this is a good value, you either have a lot of money or haven't looked around. I guess maybe they have at least one customer :) I don't have a lot of money, so i am more critical.. built my converted ebike on a high end Trek Hardtail frame for $1,300 and have been happy with it for 3 years now. 38mph top speed on that bike, 40 mile range.. it works.
          fairfireman21
          • 9 Months Ago
          @JVP
          Cheap and light? I have a mountain bike with 26 inch wheels, 1.75 inch wide tires, made out of aluminum, I can pick it up and run with it that is how light it is. I also only paid $130 for it. It is also the only bike that I had last more than 3 months without craking the frame or bending the wheels in 10 years. For another $2100 I could get the Bionx motor and battery that is good for 28 mph and 65 mile range so that would be $2230 total price which is $6390 still in my pocket. The other good thing about my bike is that if it is hit by a car or something major hapens to it the frame is 100% recyclable.
        Joeviocoe
        • 9 Months Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Yes, I see similar at around $2500 - $3500
      Grendal
      • 9 Months Ago
      The guy never spun the pedals in that video even once.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        It doesn't have any pedals. Just foot pegs. Pause at 0:24 for a good still.
        Jim
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Grendal
        0:12 it does not have pedals, only foot pegs. It's a motorcycle.
          Joeviocoe
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Jim
          okay... points for using the original terminology. But in the 21st century, we've changed our contemporary definitions.
      DarylMc
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow I'm pretty sure Dan F and I made some comments here but they have disappeared. I don't mind so much but it does make me wonder what is going on. Neither of them were offensive. There is a lot of support here for an edit function. I don't support the idea at all and honestly I think it will damage the interaction of the commenters and take away from the ideas discussed. Spelling and punctuation mistakes are easy to ignore. A complete balls up can be corrected with another post if you got it so wrong. Aside from that. What's going on with the missing comments ABG?
        Actionable Mango
        • 9 Months Ago
        @DarylMc
        You are not being censored. The comment system is hopelessly broken, especially around lunch time.
      yoatmon
      • 9 Months Ago
      @ Danny King You should really know by now that for the past twenty-five to thirty odd years, the official grid voltage in Gemany is 230 - and not 220 volts.
      jalberts.houston
      • 9 Months Ago
      Most of our US National and State parks do not have Motorcycle trails. I wonder if they would allow this on their bike trails?. The Webster dictionary defines a bicycle as "a vehicle with two wheels and powered by pedals, so probably not.
        Joeviocoe
        • 9 Months Ago
        @jalberts.houston
        That is why most e-bikes are pedal assist types. And many of those have similar specs as this, for 1/3rd the price.
      Samuel H
      • 9 Months Ago
      For just $2,000 more, you can get a 2014 Zero FX that has a 70 mile range, is fully off road capable, can do 0-60 in 4 sec. flat, and has a top speed of 85 mph. This electric moped is WAY too expensive and quite ugly.
      Joeviocoe
      • 9 Months Ago
      Um... swappable batteries for bikes is NOT NEW... it is already the norm. San Francisco is full of E-Bikes that have removable packs. Granted they are pedal assist motors, because I think there is a legal classification that requires the motor to only operate when rider is pedaling (or else must be classified as a motor vehicle).
      Jesse Gurr
      • 9 Months Ago
      Where else are you going to charge your battery after swapping it out? The garage most likely. Or I guess, inside your apartment if you don't have a garage. My lawnmower has a removable battery, but i still charge it in the garage.
      Ryan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Neat design, but it is too small to be a 'motorcycle' and doesn't have the parts needed to be an e-bike (and to get access to bike trails and such), so I'm not sure about it. Actually, if they made the back wheel just a little wider and actually made a front fork and handlebars instead of using bicycle parts, it might be a lot better. Should I even bring up having a J1772 connection and small charger on board? Build an electric trike/cargo bike that can do 14mph and go some distance, and I think it would be more practical for a bicycle user.
      Dave
      • 9 Months Ago
      He looks healthy enough to pedal himself.
      scotty Ø
      • 9 Months Ago
      $10,000!!! LOL! and it comes with a cheap mtb fork and what looks like an array of alloy no brand componants .
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