General Motors launches ARiV electric bike brand

Folding and non-folding versions of the company’s new urban e-bike

General Motors has launched an electric bike division called ARiV, initially offering two different urban e-bike models: the folding 8-speed Merge and the non-folding single speed Meld.

Both bikes have the same GM-designed 250 watt motor and 240 watt hour battery, giving a range at the lowest assist level of 64km. ARiV says that the motor design is around 40% smaller than the competition, gives the same 75Nm torque and uses a patented planetary gear system. Charge time is around 3.5 hours.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.