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GM is getting into the electric bike business

General Motors said it plans to bring two new electric bikes to market next year – one of the automaker's automobiles and other ideas to do so vehicles.

The automaker did not have much to know about the e-bikes or its ultimate plans. For instance, Hannah Parish, Director of General Motor Urban Mobility Solutions, would not agree with GM's plans to launch a bike-sharing service as a result of these two new products. "I can not say anything is on or off the table at this point," she added.

Here's what's on the menu. The bikes will be "smart" and "connected" and somehow inspired by GM's OnStar, the company's subscriptionbased communications, in-vehicle security and emergency services found in cars. Parish would not elaborate what might look like. We'll have to wait until next year.

The bikes are also erechargeable front and rear LED lights. And the electric propulsion on the bikes were designed by GM engineers who created a proprietary drive system.

"We know who people who live in urban areas, like myself in downtown Toronto. Need different ways to different types of transportation when they are going and doing different things. "Parish, Director of General Motor Urban Mobility Solutions told TechCrunch.

GM revealed two eBikes – one folding and one compact.

For now, GM is focused on naming the e-bikes. And it's turning to the public to help. The company launches a brand-naming campaign Friday as part of its broader e-bike announcement. Folks who want to name e-bikes can go to www.eBikeBrandChallenge.com. The participant with the winning selection will receive $ 10,000. Nine other runners-up wants to receive $ 1,000 each.

Entries will be accepted until November 26. The winning submissions will be announced January 31, 2019.


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