London-based bo is shaping up to be one to watch in the micromobility world with the announcement of its flagship electric scooter model, the bo M. A stylish scooter that takes its design cues from Tesla and VanMoof, the bo M is said to ship in June of 2023.
Also in this week’s news, Tern, one of the most popular e-bike manufacturers in the world, has announced its new NBD electric bike model which is designed with smaller individuals and limited-mobility riders in mind. Featuring a step-through frame and lightweight, compact design, the NBD will be available in two versions and is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2023.
Elsewhere, the Big Gear Show announces its plans to host the United States’ first e-bike trade show in 2023, and rumors continue to swirl about popular EV automaker RIVIAN’s plans to launch its own electric bike range.
And now, for this week’s Recharged Rides micromobility news roundup:
London electric scooter startup bo has launched its flagship scooter model, the bo M, which was largely inspired by Tesla and VanMoof. The bo M features a Monocurve aluminum chassis for improved structural rigidity, a 360-degree halo lighting system for increased visibility and nighttime safety, and a sleek design that’s sure to turn heads. Packing a 31-mile range, the stylish bo M is sure to be a popular scooter in the near future with city commuters.
MMB caught up with Oscar Morgan, bo CEO, who had this to say: “We spent 3 years developing the Bo M for everyone who can see the potential of the e-scooter, but who finds today’s scooters too unsafe, impractical for daily use, or simply not well designed. Our mission has been to develop game-changing features and safety enhancements such as Safesteer, whilst using our experience in automotive design to build a scooter people feel proud to own and ride.”
bo is currently accepting pre-order reservations for its flagship model and delivery is slated for June 2023.
Tern has announced the release of its NBD bicycle, designed for smaller riders or individuals with limited mobility.
Available in two versions ( the NBD S5i and the NBD P8i), the NBD sports 20″ wheels, a step-through frame for easy mounting and dismounting, and a lightweight, compact design. The NBD is an extremely easy e-bike to ride, with a low center of gravity and longer wheelbase for greater stability and control.
The NBD’s folding handlebars allow for easy transport and storage, while the large rear cargo rack is great for grocery runs and child seats.
Tern says that both NBD models will begin shipping in early 2023.
Big Gear Show has announced its plans to hose the first national trade show for e-bikes in the US.
The (e)revolution event is scheduled for June 8-11, 2023, and will be held at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver.
When asked about the event, Big Gear Show director Lance Camisasca had the following to say: “(e)revolution addresses the need for innovative e-bike brands and suppliers to take advantage of this future growth by providing a venue where they can engage directly with both retailers and consumers in an industry-wide event.”
The Big Gear Show’s second edition will be held in Park City, UT, and is scheduled for August 2-3.
Rumors continue to swirl about the possibility of EV automaker RIVIAN’s plans to launch its own electric bike line. The company recently hired the former CTO of Specialized to its development team, Chris Yu, who served in various roles at Specialized for more than 10 years.
Founded in 2009 by engineer RJ Scaringe, RIVIAN appears to be following Porsche’s lead with its possible expansion into the growing electric bike industry.
Other major players in the auto world that are expanding into the e-bike market include Jeep, Peugeot, and GM.