World’s Lightest Electric Folding Bike Charges Itself
VELLO created a new compact folding bike that has a battery which recharges as you ride
Whether in a city or small town, a bike is an important form of transportation for many. While bike share programs provide easy access, there are still those who prefer to own their bikes. For those on the hunt for a folding electric bike, look no further than VELLO, the Austrian-based bike designer that is looking to revolutionize the market.
The VELLO Bike+ is a new, folding bike that focuses on lightweight design and user comfort. The battery is recharged during riding, meaning there’s no cables or other gadgets to keep the battery powered. The bike also connects with Bluetooth in order to track your ride, select different modes, and lock the motor to make it harder to steal.
The bike even folds into a 28 by 20 by 9 inch square that can be placed easily in a car trunk, large suitcase, or even underneath a desk. It also only weighs 26 pounds, making it the lightest on the market. The folding mechanism is easy, as it is kicked into place. The bike also comes with special lights as well as an individual barcode on its frame to prevent theft and reselling. It includes an extra tall seat for riders of all sizes as well as mudguards to keep riders clean as they make their commutes.
The company has recently launched a Kickstarter, earning over $185,000 of its $88,000 goal with 24 days left to go. For $2,500, you can support the campaign and get a VELLO bike with gears that will be available April 2017. The bikes also comes with special add-ons like a basket, carbon driver belt, and hydraulic disc brakes.
To see this self-charging bike in action, watch the video below: