The Mando Footloose is a hybrid bicycle that users can pedal like a regular bike or use like an electric bike, with power generated directly from the rider.
The ‘Footloose‘ is a hybrid e-bike from Korean auto suppliers Mando Corp. and Meister Inc., in collaboration with British designer Mark Sanders and Dutch e-bike expert Han Goes. Cyclists can either pedal it like a regular bike or use it like an electric bike. Gizmag reports that the folding chainless bike generates power directly from the rider via an alternator connected to the crank, which is stored in a lithium-ion battery and used for the motor. Cyclists can power the bike up to 30 km (18.6 miles) with the motor or pedal for more range.
The Footloose has an Electronic Control Unit (ECU), which monitors terrain and adjusts the motor’s output accordingly. A handlebar-mounted Human Machine Interface (HMI) displays any system problems, as well as stats like distance traveled, speed, and the amount of electricity produced. The interface can also be removed to protect against theft, as the bike won’t start unless its attached. Check out the video below to see the e-bike in action: