Dutch e-bike maker VanMoof has announced the PowerBank, a range extender that also charges the internal battery of the company’s S3 and X3 models. The removable PowerBank gives you up to 100 km (62 miles) extra range on your rides.
The VanMoof PowerBank is a rechargeable battery that, with its triangular shape, can be hung in the frame of the VanMoof S3 and X3. The battery slots neatly into your bike’s frame, weighs only 2.8 kg, has a capacity of 378 Wh, and thus increases the range of the bicycle by 45 to 100 km (28 to 62 miles).
The VanMoof S3 and X3 have a built-in 504 Wh battery with a range of 60 to 150 km (37-93 miles), of course, depending on rider input. But the battery is integrated into the frame that could necessitate hauling the 19 kg bikes indoors to be charged. With the new PowerBank, charging should be made more convenient, even if you live in an apartment building without an accessible socket for recharging.
The PowerBank is connected to the bicycle with a cable and has an on/off button. This allows cyclists to decide for themselves when they want PowerBank to charge their main built-in 504Wh battery of the S3 or X3 while at a standstill or on the move. When the optional accessory needs to be plugged in, it can be removed for a quick charge to 70% in 120 minutes. The PowerBank charges from 0-100% in three hours. A new charger is not required for the battery; it is compatible with the pedelec’s power supply unit.
VanMoof’s PowerBank is available for pre-order now for $348, with shipping starts in June.
VanMoof has also made minor improvements to the S3 and X3. New versions of the e-bikes recently added support for Apple’s Find My tracking network. Furthermore, the visibility of the Matrix Display on the bike has been improved, the fenders and pedals of the bikes have been redesigned and the internal wiring has been renewed. The bicycle’s automatic gears would also have been improved.