Swedish bike tests cov­ered up

The Witness - Wheels - - BIKING -

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).

PHOTO: VELOVE

The new en­closed Ar­madillo can seat two peo­ple or a driver and cargo, but at the price of a half- ton bakkie

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