The electric bikes are starting to become more popular, an alternative way of transportation in big, traffic choked cities that allows you to commute by bicycle in any type of clothing and also great for the environment.

In a growing market segment and in constant innovation , a new project aims to revolutionize the electric bike by creating a concept what it says is “the lightest, safest, folding smart eBike.””the lightest, safest, folding smart eBike.” Designed for bikers that live in dense urban environments, the GiBike concept features a clever folding design that makes it easier to stow in a small apartment or office.

“A result of our own necessities” as its creators say, GiBike folding electric bike comes with lots of useful features like smartphone integration, an anti-theft safety lock that automatically secures it when the user moves more than 10 feet (3 m) away and can be controlled remotely via a smartphone app, a USB port to charge your phone and lights that automatically turn on at night. The full size electric bike has a lithium-ion battery that gives it a range of 40 miles/64 km and a top speed of 15 mph/25 km/h.

The Gibike comes in two versions, a manual version and a electric one. The electric-assist model, weighing 37.4 lb (17 kg) and a standard pedal-only model that weighs 26.5 lb (12 kg). When folded, it measures 3 ft (900 mm) long by 2 ft (660 mm) wide and when set up ready for use, it measures 5.5 ft (1,700 mm) by 3.3 ft (1,020 mm ). About folding system, they say it’s impossible to fold the bike when you are riding, the system being designed to auto-lock itself. The bike rides on two 26-inch wheels.

According to its designers, the bike was designed specifically with city-use and commuting in mind and with high priority on ensuring quality and durability during the design and development process. Also, in the creative process special attention was given for an easy maintenance: “Our aim is to give people the chance to not worry about bike maintenance any more”.

The GiBike team has announced that it is planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign soon to raise funds for the production of its new electric bike, currently at the prototype stage. No price details have been released as yet.

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source & photo credit: gibike.com