Pave BK: The Innovative Street-Legal Electric Motorbike with Blockchain Integration
The Pave BK, a premium electric motorbike boasting a fully street-legal status and a top speed of 30 mph, offers a unique blend of fun, utility, and cutting-edge technology. While its top speed might not break records, the BK stands out with its emphasis on utility, design, and intriguing integration of blockchain technology.
This groundbreaking motorbike is the flagship model of Pave, a relatively young company headquartered in Newlab, Brooklyn, NY. To gain insight into this electric bike’s unique features, particularly its blockchain integration, we visited Newlab, where Nico Nagel, co-founder of Pave, provided an in-depth overview of the bike’s capabilities.
Before delving into the details of the blockchain integration, let’s first highlight some key specifications of the Pave BK:
- Motor: 3000w brushless rear hub motor
- Top speed: 30 mph
- Range: Up to 50 miles
- Battery: Premium Lithium-Ion 21700 50.4v, 39.2 ah
- Charge time: Stock Charger to 80%: 8 h, fast charger to 80% in 1 hour
- Max load: 300 lbs / 150 kg
- Weight: 101 lbs without battery
- Suspension: Single crown inverted suspension fork in front and comfortable seat for rear.
- Brakes: Single piston automotive brakes
- Extras: Lock & Unlock: Pave+ Phone Application (iOS & Android) or NFC card, Connectivity: BLE, LTE, Anti-theft: GPS based tracking system
- Price: $6,900
What sets the Pave BK apart from nearly all other electric bike manufacturers is its integration of blockchain technology for enhanced security and ride-sharing capabilities. In essence, with each BK bike, an NFT (Non-Fungible Token) is issued, serving as a digital title that proves ownership and records essential data such as a VIN number and odometer reading. Furthermore, this NFT token functions as a key, ensuring that only authorized users can unlock the bike.
Enhanced safety features include a shake-wake feature that alerts the owner when the bike is moved and activates its GPS tracking even if the primary battery is removed. Additionally, the bike facilitates ride-sharing through digital contracts, allowing users to establish terms and conditions, including deposit requirements and specific prerequisites set by the owner.
In terms of the riding experience, the Pave BK boasts an exceptionally comfortable 32-inch seat designed for two passengers. Its elevated riding position and lightweight build make it highly maneuverable in traffic. The bike features responsive braking capabilities, and regenerative braking engages automatically when using the standard brakes.
The Pave BK offers three different ride modes along with a boost mode. The highest setting allows the bike to accelerate to 30 mph in just 3.7 seconds. While it may not be the fastest electric bike available, the BK’s performance is commendable, considering its utility-focused design. Notably, riders can switch between modes without the need to stop.
In terms of design, the bike’s standout feature is its minimalist visual profile, achieved by concealing the battery beneath the seat and hollowing out the central section. For riders requiring ample storage space, the bike offers optional attachments, including a generously sized basket for the middle section. Additional storage solutions such as saddlebags and rear carrying options are also available.
Remarkably, the middle section of the bike can accommodate two extra batteries, extending the range to an impressive 150 miles. However, for convenience, a fast charger is available for purchase, providing an 80% charge within one hour. Other notable features include passenger pegs and a built-in phone holder in the front.
The Pave BK is an ideal choice for those seeking a street-legal electric motorbike that excels in utility. It can be operated with a standard driver’s license, and obtaining plates can be as straightforward as visiting a car dealership. The ride is comfortable, and the bike’s security features offer added peace of mind.
The incorporation of blockchain technology in electric motorbikes holds promise, although its real-world implementation is still in its early stages. While challenges may arise during its practical use, the prospect of renting one of these bikes in a new city, with access to fast charging and ample storage, is an enticing concept for the future.