Bio-hybrid bikes for micro mobility in cities
IRRESPECTIVE of whether with a car, train, airplane or bicycle, the volume of traffic in urban centres continues to increase and is changing the ways in which people get around.
At the same time, the wish for emission-free, clean mobility is leading to a political rethink and is giving rise to new, individual mobility solutions in urban centres.
On this basis, Schaeffler analysed areas of application and future requirements for individual forms of mobility according to its holistic strategy concept “mobility for tomorrow”.
The result is the bio hybrid from Schaeffler.
“All-electric mobility will not be sufficient to guarantee sustainable, energy-efficient mobility for tomorrow in the passenger car sector,” says Peter Gutzmer, deputy CEO and chief technology officer at Schaeffler AG.
The bio hybrid shows how Schaeffler envisages a solution for urban mobility. It is similar to a bicycle, but without the disadvantages in terms of weather protection and stowage space.
Thanks to the pedelec drive system with a restriction of 25 km/h, the bio hybrid can be operated without a driver’s licence and can also be used on cycle tracks, adds Gutzmer.
The Schaeffler bio hybrid combines the advantages of stability and weather protection with the energy consumption and space utilisation of a pedelec. The electrically-assisted drive system (up to 25 km/h) has a minimum range of 50 km.
The new vehicle platform with two front and rear wheels provides increased Personal city transport for the not-toodistant future, as seen by one research company. safety and driving stability. The bio hybrid can also be easily driven on cycle tracks due its compact dimensions (2,1 m long, 1,5 m high, 85 cm wide) and a track width of 80 cm.
The electric reverse gear also enables manoeuvring without any problems.
In combination with its portable battery system, variable luggage compartment and automatic gearshift system, this 1+1 seater (2 seats) can already be integrated into the existing infrastructure and day-to-day life.
The extravagant design underlines the lifestyle character and matches the innovative roof construction, which can be easily stowed under the seat by means of an intelligent swing mechanism. With the weather protection retracted, the bio hybrid is transformed into a stylish cabriolet, allowing the driver to enjoy fresh air.
Due to an integrated smartphone connection, the driver is linked to a large number of apps and can access information, for example, about the weather and traffic situation, at any time.
Fast cycle lanes needed
But Gutzmer warns cities will have to install faster cycle lanes before this type of individual mobility can become reality.
Cities such as London, Paris and Singapore are already investing hundreds of millions in the development of cycle tracks.
There are already discussions in Germany about opening cycle tracks with a legal speed limit of 40 km/h.
“All these developments mean that our concept has great potential to change urban mobility,” says Gutzmer.
— Wheels Reporter.