Solution by: Superpedestrian
Retrofitting Bicycles into Electric Hybrids The Copenhagen Wheel transforms a standard bicycle into an electric hybrid with multiplied pedal power by installing a new wheel. ENVIRONMENTAL Replacing cars with bikes has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions and improve air quality.
ECONOMIC Electrifying bikes makes it more attractive for people to rely on bicycles instead of expensive cars.
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SOCIAL The software development kit, and software that is able to interact with other programs, offers the possibility to connect riders and build communities as well as use cycling to promote healthier living.
Superpedestrian’s Copenhagen Wheel contains a motor, batteries, multiple sensors, wireless connectivity, and is easy to install on any standard bike. The electric wheel learns how you pedal, sensing how fast you want to go from the effort you apply, multiplying the pedal power by three to ten times, according to the company. Regenerative braking allows the wheel to capture energy when braking or going downhill, which is stored in the integrated 40V lithium battery. It takes four hours to fully charge an empty battery. The Copenhagen Wheel, which was developed by a team of designers and robotic engineers, enters mass production in 2015, with thousands already sold on pre-order for a per-unit price of $949. WHY A SUSTAINIA100 SOLUTION? More than half the world’s population lives in cities, and this percentage continues to rise, making congestion a problematic issue. With the use of technology, design, and data, the Copenhagen Wheel aims to encourage more people to select cycling as their preferred mode of urban transportation, thereby reducing congestion and local air pollution.
“The Copenhagen Wheel expands the limits of everything you feel capable of doing on a bicycle.” ASSAF BIDERMAN, CEO, SUPERPEDESTRIAN
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Published on May 26, 2015