In Switzerland earlier this year I realized how many electric bikes there were and how popular they have become, it seemed that everywhere I looked they were there.
One thing that really stood out to me was just how useful they were with all the mountains and steep hills they have in Switzerland, I was up the top of a mountain, and this old couple came up over the top path and I realised just how useful they could be in getting people out into the wilderness and off the beaten path into places that they would not normally be able to reach.
So, I’m enthused about electric bikes; sure they need to come down in price before they’re available to all but if you want to get to places you’d normally struggle to reach or you’re trying to encourage someone to get back into cycling they could be just what you need.
This Kickstarter project combines the electric bike with the ability to fold up so it’s easier to store and easier to use for commuting, with this you could get the bus or train and then cycle to your destination.
Here’s some more info about the Vektron Electric Folding Bike:
Electric bikes let you escape the typical hassles of commuting. They soften hills and headwinds on your 15-mile commute, and leave you with energy to spare.
Still, electric bikes are large and unwieldy. It’s hard to take them on trains, put them in cars, or store them indoors. The Vektron is different. With the world’s leading electric bike system from Bosch, it folds in 10 seconds for easy transport, storage, and theft prevention.
CONQUER HILLS & LONG DISTANCES
Steep uphills become a thrill, and you’ll easily maintain up to 20 mph to cover ground quickly.
AVOID THE SWEAT
Arrive at your destination without having to spend time and energy to shower and change.
OUTSMART BIKE THIEVES
It doesn’t matter what kind of lock you use. The only way to maximize the security of your bike is to store it indoors. With the Vektron, you can fold it, roll it into the elevator, and store it under your desk.
Bosch has the market-leading electric bike system because it charges fast, offers incredible mileage, and has a natural cycling feel.
Adapted from Bosch’s automotive applications, the Drive Unit provides pedal assist up to 20 mph. The centered but low positioning on the bike is ideal for power, efficiency, and stability.