New e-bike eliminates need for expensive charging infrastructure

Posted: 23 March 2018 | | No comments yet

The first dockless e-bike powered by a portable battery pack encourages healthier lifestyles and sustainable urban transport with zero-emissions…

New e-bike eliminates need for expensive charging infrastructure

HOPR, an e-bike designed for bike-share with electric drive capabilities powered by a portable rechargeable battery pack, has been introduced by CycleHop.

The smart bike-sharing operator in North America has added the HOPR pedal-assist e-bike as the second offering under its HOPR advanced mobility brand.

Designed for bike-sharing programs, the HOPR e-bike combines durability with energy from a portable power pack. The power pack is charged via an A/C outlet at the user’s home or office and then clicks into a port located in the front basket on the bike. A full charge supplies a range of 10 miles with the pedal-assist motor helping to reach speeds of 15mph.

The power pack simply clicks into the basket on the front of the bike

The power pack simply clicks into the basket on the front of the bike

Approximately the size of a large smartphone and weighing only a couple pounds, the power packs are collected from the local bike-share program when a user signs up. When not in use with a HOPR e-bike, the power pack can be used as a portable charging device.

CycleHop’s Founder and CEO, Josh Squire, commented: “The HOPR e-bike and its portable personal power source represent our vision for sustainable mobility: adding value for riders on and off the bike while eliminating expensive charging infrastructure.”

Where available, HOPR e-bikes will work with the HOPR app to provide easy-to-access bike transportation alongside public and private transit including ride-sharing options.

The e-bikes will be rolled out during summer 2018 in several cities and campuses in the U.S. and Canada.

“E-bikes fill a gap in our urban transportation infrastructure. They enable cheaper and quicker trips at distances too close for a car but too far for a standard bike. They’re perfect for commuters with tight schedules who need to arrive at work or meetings on time without sweating through their clothes. E-bikes offer a no-carbon transit option for people who may otherwise avoid cycling because of the physical effort or distance of travel,” continued Squire.