General Motors has announced ARĪV as the name of its new e-bike brand, which includes two e-bikes: the Meld, a compact e-bike, and the Merge, a folding e-bike.
The name ARĪV was selected as part of a global crowdsourcing campaign announced in November 2018.
Hannah Parish, ARĪV director, said: “The crowdsourcing campaign allowed us to bring consumers into the development of our brand. Combine that with our products and our blend of bike and automotive talent, and the result is a unique brand DNA.”
ARĪV e-bikes are launching first in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The brand has said the motor enables speeds up to 25 kph with four levels of pedal-assisted power, and riders can charge their ARĪV e-bike’s battery in approximately 3.5 hours and receive up to 64 kilometres of ride time on a single charge.
The ARĪV Merge and Meld come with safety components such as integrated, rechargeable front and rear LED safety lights for increased visibility and oversized brake rotors to increase stopping power. The e-bikes were engineered and designed in GM facilities in Michigan and Oshawa, Ontario.
Each ARĪV Merge and Meld comes equipped with a Quad Lock mount, a system to attach a smartphone to the e-bike. An integrated USB port also allows riders to maintain their phone’s charge while on the go.