RadRover, Rad Power Bikes ’flagship electric bike, is coming another major update. The bike is the first Seattle-based company to have a partially integrated battery. And when released later this year, it will be the most expensive model in the Rad Power Bikes series to date.
The RadRover 6 Plus (it’s a mouthful of the official name) includes a host of new components, including hydraulic disc brakes, a custom replaceable hub motor, a new ergonomic frame, and an improved LED display that’s easier to use.
But the most striking new detail is certainly the partially integrated battery, the first for the company. Rad Power Bikes ’batteries tend to be larger (averaging 672 amp-hours) than many of their European counterparts, making them difficult to integrate into the bike frame. As such, the company has opted for externally installed batteries that can be striking but also practical because they are removable to facilitate charging.
The battery in the new RadRover can still be removed, but it now sits tighter inside the lower tube of the frame. It’s definitely a cleaner look while retaining the fully integrated and removable battery from VanMoof, Gogoro and other companies.
As with previous iterations, the RadRover 6 Plus has greasy tires for outdoor driving and exercise. And it comes in two frame types: high-phase or phased. The bike is pre-orderable today and will start shipping on September 21st.
The question is whether the new look will help RadRover win new customers. The more expensive price tag – $ 1,999 – certainly doesn’t help, but electric bike prices have risen steadily over the past year. The reason for this increase is due to tariffs, supply chain constraints and other factors, forcing companies to reassess their costs.
Unlike many of its competitors, Rad Power Bikes has a comfortable financial cushion a $ 150 million investment round from the beginning of this year. At the time, the company said the money would help it grow beyond the world of two-wheelers – although it has not yet been revealed exactly how.