Rise of Electric Bicycles in Europe

If you reside in one of Europe's densely populated cities and could only have one vehicle, chances are you would choose a two-wheeler. Scooters have been a popular choice for urban transportation for many years. However, electric bicycles, or e-bikes, have recently gained popularity and are now outselling regular bikes in some European countries.

The rapid growth of e-bikes can be attributed to their versatility. They provide a good form of exercise when using the pedal-assist function, are compact and lightweight for easy storage, and are considered environmentally friendly as they do not burn fossil fuels.

Husqvarna's e-bike division has introduced the Grand Pather 6, an electric bike suitable for both city commuting and off-road adventures. Powered by the Yamaha PWX3 motor, known for its performance, the bike offers 85 Nm of torque and promises the same reliability found in Yamaha motorcycles.

The bike features a Simplo battery with a 720-watt-hour capacity, providing a range of approximately 62 miles on a single charge. It also includes a comprehensive lighting system for maximum visibility at night.

While the Grand Pather 6 is designed for urban commuting, it also boasts mountain bike features. It has an SR Suntour Mobie34 suspension fork, Schwalbe G-One all-around tires, and Shimano BR-U8000 hydro disc brakes. The Shimano Deore XT 12-speed drivetrain further enhances its off-road capabilities.

In addition to its off-road features, the bike also includes practical accessories such as mudguards, a sidestand, and a MIK HD rear luggage rack capable of carrying 27 kilos of cargo. Its ergonomic design allows for a comfortable riding experience.

The Grand Pather 6 is initially available in the European market, with no confirmation of its availability in the United States. It is priced at 4,999 euros, equivalent to approximately 5,374 USD, and comes in four different sizes.