WITH WI-BIKE PIAGGIO INVENTS A NEW WAY TO MEET THE MOST ADVANCED MOBILITY NEEDS
WI-BIKE GOES WELL BEYOND THE CONCEPT OF AN ELECTRIC BICYCLE, PROVIDING INNOVATIVE FUNCTIONS AND NEW LEVELS OF INTERACTION BETWEEN CYCLIST, MECHANICAL VEHICLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
For almost seventy years Piaggio Group has been a worldwide leader in development, production and sales of newer and newer forms of mobility.
The search for solutions that combine freedom and the simplicity of travel with quality of life and respect for the environment is a mission that the Piaggio Group has always pursued. Founded on research and technological innovation, the Piaggio Group's hold on the number one spot has been strengthened over the decades in products which have favoured the freedom of entire generations and revolutionised the concept of mobility itself several times, creating not only new means of transportation but inventing lifestyles, because mobility is always synonymous with freedom.
The Vespa legend which was born in the post war era, the most agile and lightweight mopeds of the '60s and '70s, and then electric, bimodal vehicles and finally hybrid engines – the only one of its kind in the scooter world – are milestones in a cultural and technological leadership that has always characterised Piaggio Group's vocation for innovation, with the earliest electric vehicle actually dating back to 1975.
Out of this unique heritage of style and technology, the Piaggio Wi-Bike is born, a completely new vehicle that meets the most advanced needs and the most modern mobility trends.
Piaggio Wi-bike goes beyond the concept of an assisted-pedal bicycle and approaches the market as a vehicle that interprets the most progressive mobility needs at 360 degrees, no longer intended simply as the ability to move about, but also as the presence and sharing of information over the most modern network and interaction forms with your vehicle.
Thanks to PMP (Piaggio Multimedia Platform) technology, the Wi-bike has an ultra advanced man-mechanical vehicle interface and guarantees constant data sharing with the world, giving you with the opportunity to interact from any location and with any environment in its physical, social and experience dimension.
A MADE IN PIAGGIO ELECTRIC HEART
The beating heart of the Piaggio Wi-bike is an electric drive unit entirely designed, developed and built by the Piaggio Group. It is an ultra modern and extremely compact motor with a shape designed for perfect insertion in the elegant aesthetics of the frame. In fact, its axial-symmetric shape, in other words, designed around the pedal axle, allows it to include the entire electric motor hidden behind the sprocket in order to greatly reduce the aesthetic impact. Despite the fact that the drive can develop an amazing350W of maximum power, it is limited to 250W (and 25 km/h maximum speed) in order to fully comply with the regulation that governs pedal-assisted bicycles. This way thePiaggio Wi-bike needs neither a registration plate nor the use of a motorcycle helmet and it can access bicycle lanes and limited traffic areas. This motor drive is capable of generating an impressive maximum torque of 50 Nm, a value that guarantees a quick response to any stress.
But it is the entire powertrain (the motor, battery and control display assembly) of the Piaggio Wi-bike that stands out for the technology it uses and for the functions it provides.
Advanced algorithms developed by Piaggio guarantee an innovative control of the electric machine, all to the advantage of reliability.
The latest generation display is “contactless” and automatically powered, near the control unit, thanks to NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. The USB connection serves the dual function of being a smartphone charger and software update port. Diagnostics are also possible via smartphone by the rider, whereas for the service centre operations are possible via tablet – thanks once again to Bluetooth technology – for a more complete check.
Piaggio Wi-bike, thanks to its technology, also stands out because of its high level of security: the dashboard control units, batteries and electric motors are connected by a unique code that is given to the customer at the time of purchase. The three units can work only if connected and dialoguing with one another: for example, removing the display (which operates as a electronic key) when parking renders the Wi-bike effectively unusable, and a replacement display can only be ordered using the personal code.
A GPS/GSM module is housed in the battery which functions both as a satellite anti-theft device and a data transmission element from/for the battery. If the system detects an attempted vehicle theft, an alert is sent immediately via the dedicated app and the vehicle's position is tracked on the map. You can also check on the charge status with a smartphone and receive the alert notice on your device in the event of a poor charge, for example after a long period of disuse.
The 400 Wh ion and lithium battery is elegantly housed under the saddle in correspondence to the vertical pipe and provides particularly long range, on average between 60 and 120 kilometres depending on the operating mode and conditions. Charging time for a full charge is just over 3 hours. The battery guarantees the highest level of safety and is completely watertight (IP rating of 65).
The Piaggio Wi-bike uses a belt drive combined with an advanced continuous variation automatic transmission, electronically assisted to always ensure the best possible ratio between an almost infinite choice of combinations. This is a technology in line with the extraordinary technical experience of the Piaggio Group because it conceptual draws from the gearbox and transmission system used in scooters.
Completing the range of available drives are a continuous variation belt drive which allows you to select the ideal ratio, shifting smoothly, and a traditional high quality, 9 speed chain final drive.
The powerful braking system increases active safety, made up of two 180 mm discs on the front and 160 mm on the rear, gripped by hydraulic callipers.
CONNECTED TO THE WORLD
Thanks to the PMP (Piaggio Multimedia Platform) technology, your smartphone integrates functionally with the Wi-bike via Bluetooth. In fact, the app developed by Piaggio specifically for the Wi-bike allows new features to be incremented constantly. From the fine tuning of "classic" services such as navigation up to more advanced control of the powertrain operating modes over and above the base settings. In fact, conventional electrically pedal-assisted bicycles offer a limited and determined number of pedal assistance level settings with a contribution from the motor that always stays proportional to the energy applied by the cyclist once the operating mode is selected. The Wi-bike, thanks to the exclusive DEA technology (Dynamic Engine Assistance), allows the user to program the assistance level provided by the electric motor at a percentage that is always variable in ratio to the power provided by the cyclist.
Thanks to the possibility of varying the motor contribution, Piaggio Wi-bike is a true fitness machine where the cyclist can set his or her physical effort (for example, 100W of effort and a determined frequency of pedalling) leaving the motor free to increase or decrease its contribution based on the altimetric variations in order to comply with the set parameters which are consistent with the training program that the rider wants to achieve. The sport cyclist can therefore train, keeping the “fatigue” high along the route; in urban commuting, on the other hand, you can choose not to exceed a maximum fatigue threshold for health reasons, or simply so that you won't work up a sweat on your way to work.
Also, through the app you will be able to select the predefined power output modes throughout the arc of use, real “motor mappings”.
Each of these motor maps can be set to ten different assist levels for efficient battery use.
The PMP system, which can be controlled through your smartphone's screen, by buttons on the handlebar, is the base for virtually unlimited function developments.
The features that PMP offers range in all data management directions: it goes from information on use to fitness related features that allow you to use the Piaggio Wi-bike as a training tool to monitor your body's data and achieve goals in terms of heartbeat or calorie burning.
Wi-bike also means “community”: at the end of each training session or simply on completing your ride, you can share the data related to the experience you've just had with your friend on the most common social networks.
PURE ITALIAN DESIGN
The elegantly sport design that sets Wi-bike apart is the result of the Centro Stile Piaggio which worked to combine the best and most distinctive Italian design with functionality and operating convenience.
Modern style, refined solutions and simplicity are the keywords that inspired the Piaggio Group designers in their work.
The result takes shape in a frame made entirely in aluminium with a clearly sporty character (that holds a shock absorbed fork, also made of aluminium) available in several versions, beginning from the classic male and unisex combination.
From a stylistic point of view the challenge of seamlessly inserting the powertrain parts (electric motor, transmission and battery) into the frame was particularly successful, leaving the bicycle's lines rationally clean and undisturbed.
In fact, the motor, designed around the pedal axle, remains hidden by the sprocket, whereas the battery, housed under the saddle on the horizontal pipe, can be easily removed. The positioning of the motor-battery system (low and at the centre) also guarantees optimum weight balance, giving the Wi-bike excellent rideability and an extremely pleasant smooth movement. And so the Piaggio Wi-Bike's attention to simplicity and user-friendliness substantiates in shapes which have been conceived with functionality in mind and as a tribute to the elegance of Italian design.
TWO EQUIPMENT PACKAGES AVAILABLE
Piaggio Wi-bike is available with two different equipment packages.