Lithium Bibi: Panasonic Shows Extra-Light E-Bike

Panasonic announced [JP, PDF] a new electric bike for the Japanese market yesterday, the so-called Lithium Bibi F BE-ENSF63. And while the bicycle looks rather bland, it has own distinct selling point: at just 19.9kg, it’s the lightest e-bike out there, according to Panasonic (among those that come with a shopping basket, at least).

Panasonic says they used a special aluminum alloy for the frame and a small battery (25.2V/3.1Ah) to achieve the weight. The assisted travel range stands at 20km in eco-mode, 15km in automatic mode, and 11km in power mode.

The 26-inch bike will go on sale in Japan on June 27 (price: $1,220).