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The city of Gothenburg in Sweden hopes to cut vehicle congestion, noise and pollution by replacing short car rides with electric bike rides.
The council is working with the private sector and academia to deploy the Elmob project, which aims to develop and test electric shared- mobility solutions.
Swedish electric bike company Velove has made available 10 prototype Armadillos to be testedin the Elmob project.
Velove said the bikes will be ridder by city couriers, janitors and environmental inspectors and demontrated the allweather Armadillo’s abilities to carry different loads at the recent Copenhagen Bike Show
Each Armadillo has either a one cubic metre lockable cargo box and weather- protected driver area, or a passenger seat with full fabric body protecting both driver and passenger.
Velove plans to get the new products to market later this year or early next year, and since it sells equipment in modular fashion, so that current Armadillo owners in Sweden can add the passenger section and polyester body to their existing quad- bikes.
These Swedish e- bikes are lviing up the Nordic countries’ reputation for pricey items.
A standard Armadillo electric bike from Velove costs from just over R135 160 before VAT (€ 7 800).
The new enclosed Armadillo can seat two people or a driver and cargo, but at the price of a half- ton bakkie