Porsche unveils two e-bikes with EP8 motor

Akrotiri

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Read this at electrek today. Porsche just unveiled two e-bikes one FS commuter and one FS emtb. Both carbon frames. Nothing really groundbreaking in terms of design but they do look good.

As usual electrek still incorrectly thinks the limit for e-bikes in Europe is 25kph. Both of these newly released e-bikes are 25kph according to Porsche with no word on s-pedelec versions.

It’s interesting that they used the shimano motor and not a fellow German brand like Bosch or Brose.

I’m starting to think the new Shimano motor is a sleeper and deserves more attention on EBR than it currently receives compared to its competitors.

Personally, so far as legacy auto makers producing e-bikes I like the Harley-Davidson e-bikes better. They really have some design cues that automatically resembles a classic HD heavy motorcycle with their very low battery placement.

The Porsche e-bikes at-least to my eyes doesn’t remind me of a Porsche, just a smooth and fast looking high-end e-bike. Add to the fact that Porsche of all companies has only a 25kph and not 45kph is a real marketing mistake since even HD has s-pedelec versions of their new e-bikes.

 
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FlatSix911

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Read this at electrek today. Porsche just unveiled two e-bikes one FS commuter and one FS emtb. Both carbon frames. Nothing really groundbreaking in terms of design but they do look good.
As usual electrek still incorrectly thinks the limit for e-bikes in Europe is 25kph. Both of these newly released e-bikes are 25kph according to Porsche with no word on s-pedelec versions.

It’s interesting that they used the shimano motor and not a fellow German brand like Bosch or Brose.
I’m starting to think the new Shimano motor is a sleeper and deserves more attention on EBR than it currently receives compared to its competitors.

Personally, so far as legacy auto makers producing e-bikes I like the Harley-Davidson e-bikes better. They really have some design cues that automatically resembles a classic HD heavy motorcycle with their very low battery placement. The Porsche e-bikes at-least to my eyes doesn’t remind me of a Porsche, just a smooth and fast looking high-end e-bike. Add to the fact that Porsche of all companies has only a 25kph and not 45kph is a real marketing mistake since even HD has 45kph versions of their new e-bikes.

I agree that it was an interesting choice to go with a non-German brand mid-drive. That said, the Shimano EP8 is a great motor system.
Regarding the speed limit, I would suggest that anyone who purchases this bike in the states would probably consider a speed delimiter. ;)

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Stefan Mikes

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with no word on s-pedelec versions.
It’s interesting that they used the shimano motor
I’m starting to think the new Shimano motor is a sleeper and deserves more attention on EBR than it currently receives compared to its competitors.
Add to the fact that Porsche of all companies has only a 25kph and not 45kph is a real marketing mistake since even HD has s-pedelec versions of their new e-bikes.
Shimano motors only support low-speed e-bikes. All clear?
 

FlatSix911

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I'm not sure about the ebikes, but I'd love to own the car. :cool:
Agreed. Here is an article with details on the new Taycan Cross Turismo... an EV station wagon in the US market! 😉


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Akrotiri

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Not sure about that... the Rotwild uses a Brose motor. Did they retool the frame mounts?
I did some more digging through Google and some articles do mention it. I guess they retooled the frame mounts and used different components such Shimano instead of brose. The business insider article mentions it specifically half way down the article.


This UKbikepark article mentions the rotwild collaboration too. They also make some good points comparing the Porsche bikes to Trek’s new e-caliber and Specialized’s levo. Basically saying that the trek and specialized are the better buy considering it’s 10lbs less and uses better drivetrain components at the same price points.

 
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