It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the VanMoof V, the Dutch brand’s latest e-bike. Unlike Superman, it won’t be able to fly, but considering the speed it could reach, you might be feeling like flying while riding it.
The V comes after the S3 and X3, and it’s VanMoof’s first hyper-bike, or S-Pedelec, as defined by the European regulations about bikes that can hit speeds of up to 45Km/h.
The company believes the new model holds to the brand’s core design values while “adding the benefits of more power and speed”.
The bike features a two-wheel drive, with improved front and rear suspension to match the increased top speed, thicker tires, and a new frame design.
The V will feature all of VanMoof usual functionalities, such as Turbo-Boost, Kick Lock for keyless locking, Theft Defense, and automatic gear shifting.
The new model is also an interesting political bet, as VanMoof is actively trying to convince regulators about a need to revise policies on e-bikes and their speed limits in cities in order to reverse what they call the “car-first mentality”.
“We’re calling for policies designed around people, rethinking how public spaces can be used if not occupied by cars,” says Ties Carlier, VanMoof’s cofounder. “I am getting very excited thinking about what a city could look like in the near future, and we are very proud to be part of the change by building the right tools for the transition.”
The first deliveries of the VanMoof V are planned for late 2022, with a price tag of €3498 / £3498. The new V would have to adhere to the same rules as other Speed-Pedelecs under current EU regulations. This kind of high-speed bike is due to follow a process similar to mopeds. The seller (or reseller) must provide the road licensing documents, while the customer has additional obligations, such as getting a license plate and proper vehicle insurance.
If you compare us to Apple, we’re now in a phase like the iPhone 3 and iPhone 4, every two years the product is so much improved that it doesn’t make sense to keep on selling the old one, while nowadays people don’t care anymore if they have an iPhone 11 or 12 or X.