Pedal-Assisted Quad Bike Aims To Be The Future Of Transport
The Schaeffer Bio-Hybrid concept is designed to be an energy-efficient and sustainable way for people to commute
The clever folk at bearings manufacturer Schaeffler have taken aim at the snowballing issues of modern mobility with a four-wheeled, single passenger, pedal-assisted Bio-Hybrid concept. Mankind’s classical modes of transport are in dire need of an innovation that meets the demands of our expanding populous and combats our unhealthy penchant for fossil fuels.
“The world population will have grown to more than eleven billion by the end of this century, according to UN estimates: a rapid development that also goes hand in hand with the unstoppable change in mobility needs and ways to satisfy them. Accordingly, traffic in metropolitan areas has been increasing at breathtaking speed. Cities like Istanbul, Tokyo, or Hamburg have long begun to search for solutions to smog, noise, and lack of parking space,” states Schaeffler’s Micro-Mobility Fact Sheet.
There have been many attempts to innovate personal transport over the years, some have been left to a future of cult enthusiasm (Sinclair C5) and others widely adopted (pedal-assisted and electrical bicycles). Perhaps the most pertinent difference now, is the context. Previous concepts for personal transport were often unsupported by modern infrastructure and legislation. Now, a slew of the world’s most forward-thinking countries are moving toward a more sustainable and mobile future. Norway, Holland and Denmark are among a list of European countries looking to create vast cycle highways that connect cities and people.
“The RS 1 cycle highway is a prestigious project in the Ruhr District. It’s planned to traverse the region from Duisburg to Hamm. The cycle highway will be four meters wide and connect ten cities, plus four universities, with each other,” ruminates Schaeffler’s Micro-mobility Fact Sheet.
Schaeffler Group has defined itself by engineering energy-efficient drive systems, in the form of rolling element bearings for automotive, aerospace and industrial uses. It in this light that they have introduced their design and development concept—the Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid.
Sitting on four 24-inch tyres and weighing 80kg, the personal transport solution merges the functionality of a bicycle with the convenience and stability of a quad-bike. Featuring electrical assistance up to 25km per hour and a range of 50-100km, the Bio-Hybrid allows users to go beyond their average commute. Additionally, a reverse gear and starting assistance (boost) provide the passenger a greater degree of maneuverability.
The inclusion of features like a luggage compartment with coat hook and a convertible roof bring forth the creature comforts of the traditional automobile. Whilst a semi-expected smartphone integration and easily accessible battery system add to the user-ability.