Electric bicycle market are increasingly flooding the big cities but compared to conventional bikes they have a main drawback, and that is the weight. But an electric bike from IPS and specifically the Domestique model shows us that it puts an end to this particular disadvantage since the bike along with the battery weighs only 8.5 kg (18.7 lbs).
This is an excellent number where it can be directly compared even with expensive conventional bikes. IPS is based in Monaco and with this model proves to us that the myth of heavy electric bicycles can be shot down.
The IPS Domestique features a 200 watt electric motor with a peak at 230 watts and offers up to 20 NM of torque. Like most electric-assisted bikes, it has six different pedal assistance programs. Usually most bikes have the electric battery mounted either inside or outside the frame in a particular space.
But Domestique has created a clever implementation where the battery is shaped like a bottle of water. And that’s what it looks like at first glance, but it’s actually a 193 Wh and 6.7 amp battery that snaps into a holster where the cyclist would normally put the water. It is very light while being recharged in just 2 hours and can provide up to three hours of electrical assistance at the lowest program level.
There is also a second battery where the lower capacity cyclist can choose at 85 Wh where it only takes an hour to fully charge.
This electric bicycle complies with all European Union regulations and naturally the top speed is 25 km/h (15.5 mph). Also if someone tries to breach their electrical system in order to gain a higher top speed then the warranty offered by the manufacturer will be cancelled.
But this bike is not aimed at the mass since it has high technology and such a product could not be cheap, but it is not completely prohibitive since it costs 12,000 euros, about $14,000.