Bianchi have used Eurobike to showcase a new urban bike, the e-Doardo, that will be in their 2018 model range. The bike uses the same Fazua drive unit that we've previously spotted in the Focus Project Y, and like that bike it's a serious lightweight: Bianchi claim it'll come in at 14kg.
How so light? Well, the Fazua Evation drive itself is pretty light, with the whole system weighing in at less than 5kg with a 250Wh battery. That's big enough for a decent range, although obviously nowhere near what you'd get from a larger capacity. Bianchi told us that you could expect 40km from a charge, and you can get the battery back up to 80% full in an hour and a half.
The frame is a full carbon monocoque and the bike uses the Shimano Metrea urban groupset with bullhorn bars to hold the integrated brake and shifter units. The bike on the Bianchi stand was sporting semi-deep wheels and fairly chunky tyres, so it should be possible to build the bike even lighter.
We thought it was more of a concept bike as a fair proportion of the components were still rapid prototyped, but Bianchi seem pretty committed to producing it. They told us that it'd be a 2018 model year bike, so it's a year away from production. The price isn't finalised yet but they said they expect it to retail for around €3,300