Karmic’s Oslo looks like an electric bike from the future
Generally, electric bicycle manufacturers try to make their vehicles as similar to ordinary bicycles as possible. However, the Oslo e-bike from Karmic, based in Palo Alto, California, is the exact opposite, and it looks like it's from the future.
The Oslo electric bicycle's chain, brake cable and battery are all enclosed in its body. The body consists of a hydroformed aluminum frame and a thermoplastic panel. The wheels also abandon the traditional thin steel spokes and instead use five larger alloy spokes, which can be optionally equipped with aerodynamic wheel covers.
In addition, this electric bicycle also includes similar functions to other single-speed electric bicycles, including always-integrated headlights and taillights / brake lights, long-padded non-wedge seats, LCD display, front and rear hydraulic disc brakes, etc.
Riders can choose from three levels of electric pedal assistance, powered by a 250-watt electric motor and powered by a 480-Wh lithium battery. The latter is the Panasonic 21700 battery size (originally used in Tesla Model 3) and it is reported that it can be replaced with a new rechargeable battery in 30 seconds. Oslo can reach a maximum electric assist speed of 20 mph (32 km / h) and has 3 levels of pedal assistance (Eco, Normal, Boost). After each full charge, the battery life of the electric bicycle is 20 miles.
Oslo is currently the subject of a Kickstarter event, with an early bird price of $ 1,499. When it reaches production, the retail price should be between $ 1,800 and $ 2,200. Planned future upgrades include a 500-watt motor, Gates Carbon belt drive system, metal fenders and wheel covers as described above.