Qoros is a new Chinese car brand, which introduced the eBIQE Concept at the 84th Geneva Motor Show. The eBIQE Concept is created for the modern metropolitan consumer, with decent performance that can be used for commuting, leisurely rides or exploratory off-road adventures. 

Riders can choose to pedal with no assistance, pedal with assistance from the electric motor, or go with motor-power only. When using the motor, users can choose between three driving modes: Street, which limits top speed to 25 km/h so it may avoid being legally classified as a motorcycle in some countries; Eco, which maximises energy-efficiency; and Power, which allows for faster acceleration and a top speed of 65 km/h. With 60 Nm of torque available throughout the rev range, on battery power alone, the eBIQE Concept in this mode can reach 25 km/h in just two seconds. It has a charge time of 80 minutes from any regular power outlet. 

The connected technology used in the eBIQE Concept is based on the innovative QorosQloud platform. With a permanent 3G connection it is operated through an advanced five-inch touchscreen mounted on the handlebars or in the cloud via the user˘s smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac using the dedicated website (www.qorosqloud.com) or app. The cloud-connected system will be able to offer many industry-leading functions, such as advanced route planning, and intelligent navigation. 
Similar to the system already available in Qoros˘ cars, thanks to its permanent 3G connection, QorosQloud will provide navigation that incorporates real-time updates for incidents, travel times, weather and charging points. Alternatively because QorosQloud synchronises with the user˘s smartphone, tablet or computer, rides can be planned ahead from inside the home or office. 

The eBIQE Concept features a fingerprint recognition system, with the ability to recognise multiple users. This, in conjunction with geolocation technology, could make the eBIQE Concept highly suitable for integration into vehicle sharing schemes. Another stand-out feature is regenerative braking. A rarity on electric bikes, it enables the electric motor to generate electricity while slowing down, with this energy fed back into the battery pack increasing efficiency and range. The body of the bike is hand-laminated carbon-fibre, based on the steel frame of the G12 electric bike from Greyp. 

Gert Hildebrand, Executive Director of Design at Qoros, said: “There are over 130 million e-bikes in China, where several major cities have already restricted the use of gasoline motorbikes or have banned them completely. Chinese e-bikes are primarily used for commuting, but the Qoros eBIQE Concept was conceived to go further – it performs superbly as a commuter and is fun and highly-capable in an off-road situation as well.”

ĦPower˘ mode ĦStreet˘ mode ĦEco˘ mode 
Power output: 12 kW 0.25 kW 4 kW 
Torque: 200 Nm 60 Nm 100 Nm Max. 
speed 65 km/h 25 km/h 60 km/h 
Acceleration 0 - 65km/h 8.5 secs - - 
Max. range: 80km 120km 100km 
Weight: 49kg
Frame size: 19”
*(Motor only, no pedalling assistance) 
Battery Regen braking power: 2 kW 
Recharge time: 80 minutes 

Comment: The weight is 49 kg (108 lbs) which is substantial  if the rider intends to use it also as a bicycle.