Bio-hy­brid bikes for mi­cro mo­bil­ity in ci­ties

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

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.

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