There ahave been plenty of stories in recent weeks that show that Ford is taking more of an interest in cycling. First, it signed up to sponsor a new domestic women’s team, before being confirmed as the new car supplier for Team Sky. The next question to ask is could it go a step further and release its own range of bikes?
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Well, surprisingly, this isn’t such an outlandish suggestion as it might seem. In fact, Dr Ken Washington, the company’s Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering, has told Clean Technica that Ford is “very serious” about making its own bicycles.
However don’t expect anything along the lines of other bikes made by car brands, such as those from Caterham, McLaren, and Ferrari, all of which are entirely performance-focused. Instead Ford is putting its efforts into developing a foldable e-bike which it envisages could fulfill some of the demands of a multi-modal commute.
The Ford Mode: Me is designed to be fold down so that it will either fit in the boot of your car or be carried on public transport. You will then unfold the bike to ride the last couple of miles to your destination.
As an e-bike, the Mode: Me features a 200 watt electronic assist motor, which will power you up to a speed of 25km/h. It also connects with your smartphone to allow for navigation, route planning, and ride stats.
The company has also developed a similar non-foldable bike called the Mode: Pro, which is designed to fit into the back of a van for commercial use.
Ford now says that it is still developing the bikes, but is looking for business partners who could help to bring the bikes to market.