Technology On Two Wheels: The URB-E Comes to Cobo [VIDEO + PHOTOS]


You still won’t find flying cars at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. But WDET’s Pat Batcheller did find a two-wheeled terrestrial transport during media previews at Cobo Center. The URB-E is an electric bicycle that you can fold and carry by the handle. Designer and URB-E co-founder Grant Delgatty says the bike weighs about 30 pounds, so mass transit users can take it with them. The battery in the front of the bike can be removed and is capable of charging up to seven devices. It also has a USB port and a flexible mount for a mobile phone. Click on the audio link to hear the conversation.

URB-E Specs
  Sport model Pro model
Top speed 14 mph 18 mph
Range per charge 16 miles 20 miles
Weight (incl. battery) 30 lbs. 35 lbs.
Battery 35 volt 50-cell Li-Ion 35 volt 50-cell Li-Ion
Starting price $899 (GT $1,099) $1,699 (GT $1,999)



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URB-E Co-founder Grant Delgatty at Cobo Center

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A folded URB-E

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The URB-E runs on a lithium-ion battery that can charge other devices.

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Product presenter Crystal Hilliard rides an URB-E


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Pat Batcheller

Senior News Editor & WDET Host, Morning Edition

Hi, I’m Pat Batcheller, your host for WDET’s Morning Edition. I bring you the news, weather, traffic, and information to help you start your weekday.   Follow @patbwdet

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