Magneotostrictive materials are used to mutually and interchangeably convert magnetic and kinetic energy streams into each other kind of energy. This materials are used in Formula One racing solutions, to create the temperature independent and completely maintenance free magnetostriction sensors, which need not to have any physical contact with engine parts or drive-train gears. Boldly applying the Formula One innovative technology to win new market in rapidly growing cyclist world, Ford Motor (F) created an electric bicycle, the "E-Bike". The new concept - the biker dream champ vehicle - is manufactured of aluminum and carbon fiber alloys letting decrease the weight of its composite frame to lightest in its class - just 5 lbs.
The Formula One-like magnetostriction sensor array technology is embedded with the integrated command center controlling electrical drivetrain and a sophisticated battery allowing the E-bike travel more than 50 miles on a single charge. The Ford E-Bike Concept has a balanced design appealing to professional bikers and beginner biking enthusiasts. Small size powerful motor is coupled with the front wheel hub, similar to Lunar or Mars Rover advanced design. The a lithium-ion battery is concealed within the carbon frame. The drive system is hidden inside elegant cover exposing a clean aerodynamic stylish appearance. The newly introduced Carbon Belt Drive System, the CBDS, allows for a clean, light and maintenance free solution, with highly efficient transfer of energy from the pedals and to the hub, compared to the traditional bicycle chain design.
The magnetostriction sensor array, similar to Formula One application, where these sensors are involved in the high engine revolutions, the E-Bike electrical bicycle sensors, are responsible for capturing the revolutions in the bike's inner bearing. The information is read and immediately transmitted to the command center control unit. The command center is synchronizing the power of the biker's leg muscles with the power of the electric motor, providing the win-win optimized balance between the rider's and the motor's forces. The command center is pre-programmed to allow for Sporty (fun), Economy (wisdom) and Comfort (leisure) modes. The simple yet convenient user interface and the handlebar-mounted crisp display makes it easy to select and change the desired mode without distracting the biker from the road.
Other technology leaders such as GPS innovator Garmin (GRMN) are also introducing the building blocks for the professional cyclist designs. The Garmin GPS navigator enabled, the "Vector" technology, the "Vector" is capable of measuring cycle power where it matters. The "Vector" sensors array, computer and rendering display, which could be represented by Garmin GPS navigator, are connected by "Vector" cyclist wireless network. But Ford's "E-bike" is a complete end-to-end solution incorporating everything needed for the Formula One like electrical bicycle into unique concept vehicle with seamless integration of the revolutionary wired and wireless interfaces allowing for super fast data transfer between the magnetostriction sensor array, rider command center, Mars Rover like electrical motor powered by Li-ion battery complimenting the cyclist force applied on pedals and between bike's hubs and gears, the light complete design, ready for rapidly growing multi-million cyclist consumer market.