Fuel has introduced two new e-bikes. The Flluid-2 and Flluid-3 differ in their battery equipment. The more expensive of the two models is said to have a range of up to 360 kilometers with its dual battery – unusually much for an e-bike.
Belt instead of chain
The two new e-bikes, Flluid-2 and Flluid-3, are equipped with a 750-watt mid-mounted motor from French automotive supplier Valeo, which achieves a torque of 130 Newton meters. The power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a belt rather than the usual chain. Both new e-bikes are also equipped with automatic gear shifting.
The biggest difference between the two new e-bikes lies in their battery equipment. While the smaller Flluid-3 is equipped with just one battery with a capacity of one kilowatt hour, the Flluid-2 has two batteries. The ranges of the two models differ accordingly: The Flluid-2 offers a range of around 180 kilometers, while the Flluid-3 has a range of around 360 kilometers. That is an extraordinary amount. Other new e-bikes, such as the Trekking 7 Ultra, have a range of just 200 kilometers.
Both models are offered in different versions adapted to the laws in force in different countries or regions. For example, in the US, a model is available that reaches a top speed of 32 km/h. In the EU, on the other hand, the speed is capped at 25 km/h to comply with the legal requirements for legal operation on the road. In addition to these two variants, which can be legally operated on the road in the US and EU respectively, an S variant of the Flluid-3 is also offered, which reaches 45 km/h.
The fact that the bikes can also be ridden without pedaling is interesting. They then function like a scooter in essence. The maximum speed in this case is limited to 6 km/h in the EU. In the US, the same speed limit exists here as in pedaling mode.
Flluid-2 and -3: Prices and availability
The two new e-bikes are currently being offered as part of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The Flluid-3 is asking €3,400 there and the Flluid-2 just under €3,800. Shipping will be worldwide and is scheduled to start in July. The two e-bikes are expected to cost around 30 percent more in retail stores than on Indiegogo.