GM announced ARĪV as the name of its new eBike brand, which includes two integrated and connected eBikes: the Meld, a compact eBike; and the Merge, a folding eBike. The name ARĪV was selected as part of a global crowdsourcing campaign announced in November 2018.
“The crowdsourcing campaign allowed us to bring consumers into the development of our brand,” said Hannah Parish, ARĪV director. “Combine that with our products and our blend of bike and automotive talent, and the result is a unique brand DNA.”
ARĪV eBikes are launching first in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, due to the popularity of lithium-ion battery-powered eBikes in those markets. Preorders are available via www.BikeExchange.com.
In Belgium and the Netherlands, the ARĪV Meld is 2800 €, and the ARĪV Merge is 3400 €, including sales tax and shipping. In Germany, the ARĪV Meld is 2750 €, and the ARĪV Merge is 3350 €. ARĪV eBikes are scheduled to begin shipping to customers in Q2 of 2019.
ARĪV features a proprietary GM motor that was built specifically for ARĪV eBikes. It delivers top-of-segment power and torque for its size. It also enables speeds up to 25 km/h (16 mph) with four levels of pedal-assisted power.
The battery was validated to safety standards similar to GM’s electric vehicle batteries. Riders can charge their ARĪV eBike’s battery in approximately 3.5 h and receive up to 64 km (40 mi) of ride time on a single charge.
The ARĪV Merge and Meld come standard with safety components such as integrated, rechargeable front and rear LED safety lights for increased visibility and oversized brake rotors to increase stopping power.
The ARĪV eBikes were engineered and designed in GM facilities in Michigan and Oshawa, ON.
Both ARĪV eBikes connect with the ARĪV eBike app via Bluetooth. The app provides riding metrics such as speed, distance, remaining battery level, motor assist level, and distance traveled. Additional features are planned for the app, including a mode that will use a proprietary algorithm to help riders arrive at their destination sweat-free.
Each ARĪV Merge and Meld comes equipped with a Quad Lock mount to securely attach a smartphone to the eBike. An integrated USB port allows riders to maintain their phone’s charge while on the go.