This Is What Happens When A Bicycle Maker Builds A Car

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Meet the Biomega SIN, the acclaimed Danish bicycle wants to build a EV.

Danish bicycle company Biomega is not the first to attempt the transition from producing two-wheelers to making full-fledged cars. Several major automakers have made the same transformation, including Peugeot, Skoda, and Opel. Unlike Biomega, however, these companies made the switch over a hundred years ago, in the early days of the automotive industry. Nonetheless, this week Biomega revealed its electric SIN prototype, its first foray into the automotive market and a radical switch away from its designer bicycles.

The company, which names its bicycles with three-letter abbreviations of cities, says the name is a reference to Singapore, and, like many contemporary electric pod concepts, promises to reinvent the way we think about transportation in the modern age. Though the Biomega is powered by batteries, don’t go expecting Tesla levels of face-melting acceleration. The SIN is a far simpler EV, designed for short urban commutes.

A 20kWh battery is housed in the floor and the motors are tucked inside the wheel hubs—combined they give the SIN an 80-mph top speed and an approximately 100 mile range. According to Biomega, the battery can be easily swapped out for a fresh one, crucial considering that it's short range is no match for EVs like the Tesla Model 3.

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The motors only produce 81 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, but thanks to a weight of just 2,094 pounds the SIN is still able to sprint to 62 mph in 13 seconds. The Biomega makes extensive use of lightweight materials to keep it as light as possible, with a body shell constructed out of CFRP with aluminum crossbeams.

Inside the SIN, Biomega expands upon the simplicity and minimalist design. The four seats are independent and sit on a completely flat floor, providing a spacious cabin, while the massive side and front windows create an airy atmosphere. The company is aiming to launch its maiden EV between 2021 and 2023, and hopes to sell it for €20,000, which is approximately $22,950 in today’s money.

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