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The Skoda Klement looks like an e-bike, but has no classic pedals and is as fast on the road as a moped. How To Cars has tested the S-Pedelec!
Throttle and handbrake does not exist
Currently, the prototype, which has already been presented at the Geneva Motor Show, weighs just over 30 kilograms, in series it should be similar to an e-bike only just over 20 kilos his. A big e-scooter easily weighs four times. The bike is therefore especially suitable for urban people everyday. Take a short trip to the first floor and leave the apartment? No problem! Getting used to: This prototype has neither a throttle nor a handbrake. Instead, there are two easily tiltable footboards for accelerating and braking where the pedals are on the bike. How does that feel? Rise and go!
The Skoda Klement has a range of 60 kilometers
Once you sit down, everything is very simple: press the tiptoes down slightly – and the four-kilowatt electric motor on the rear hub pushes the e-bike forward. Chop down, grab a front disc brake, the rear is braked by the recuperation and at the same time energy is pumped into the removable battery. So should be up to 60 kilometers range in it. And because the two-wheeler is technically more like an e-scooter due to its performance and top speed, the handlebars are next to a light switch and buttons for horn and turn signals. If the braking effect starts, not only does the rear light illuminate, but both pedals also turn red. Once you have become accustomed to the hand, forgiveness, and footing, you're curving around almost as agile as on a bicycle – just a lot faster.
Smartphone serves as a speedometer and command center
The Klement is optimally networked: The smartphone can simply be clamped in a holder, it then works via app as a speedometer and command center, showing, for example, battery level and the status of the ABS system. Later, driver assistance systems are also possible. Until the Klement is ready for production, a few questions still need to be answered: For example, are a handbrake and a classic throttle more useful, should there be a small, classic speedometer? The engineers are currently building a second version that will provide answers. It will get off to a good start in one and a half to two years – and then the Klement, together with foldable electric scooters and the already available pedelecs, will electrify the cities. Only to the cost Skoda says nothing.