There are predictions that by 2050, 70% of the global population will live in urban places. Urban transportation is a key aspect of development and futurist smart city models. Across cities all over the world, we find more and more people trying to get around by whatever mode of transport available while innovators crank up sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives. We have seen more personal e-vehicles sprout up in the last decade and in the bicycles space, many have tried to make a solid, portable, and foldable model.
Meet the JivrBike unlike some e-bikes that look and feel just like a regular bike, this one is a just bit different – it is a chainless bike created by a Polish inventor Marcin Piatkowski. It can go about 20 miles per hour with a 20-mile range and it is light enough to pedal if your battery runs out. It folds and so is easily portable, has a low center bar, which holds the batteries and the Raspberry PI CPU that runs the show. Designed with the typical non-biking client in mind to encourage petrol fuelled commuters to swap their cars and buses for an environmentally friendly alternative without worrying about being late for work or needing a shower once they arrive.
- It has a chainless sealed drivetrain along with some other interesting features. Jivr has eschewed the usual chain driver model for rear wheels and instead have developed a proprietary chainless transmission that is entirely enclosed within the bike’s frame. Jivr claims that the drivetrain is 94% efficient, which is similar to a chain transmission. The drivetrain is entirely encapsulated inside the frame – no sand, dust or water gets in, making the drivetrain extremely durable and maintenance free. Also there are no oily bits to catch your trousers on with this encasment. JIVR, users can choose between applying their own pedal power to the rear wheel, or use a throttle to power the motor in the front wheel. That motor can take riders to a maximum regulated speed of 32 km/h (20 mph).
- The Jivr is foldable in four simple moves and once it’s folded it’s wheelable so it’s easy to move about. Big cities in the world have a problem with bicycle theft and Jivr figured out that people would not like to chain their bicycle somewhere outside but would rather actually fold it up and take it with them. So they designed their bike to fold in four simple moves weighing less than 15kg so you can carry it into the office, restaurant or any other destination of convenience.
- It works with your smartphone too – it comes with a mount for your smartphone, and Bluetooth connectivity so you can pair with the JiveBike app, letting you see how far you’ve gone, calories burned, use GPS to find your way, battery charging status, etc. Thanks to open-ended iBeacon tech developed by Kontakt.io, it can interact with any smart device, be it a smartwatch or tablet. As long as developers have made them compatible.
It’s estimated that at least 400,000 people cycle through New York and London alone each and every day – these are key markets for the JivrBike. In the coming years, we can expect more products that allow people commute sustainably in big cities from forward-looking technology companies like Jivr. The landscape for e-bikes is a competitive one and have a number of players showing promise. We noted some of them below:
Karbon Kinetics Limited – founded in 2002 with a mission to develop the world’s most innovate and technologically advanced electric bicycle. They made use of automotive engineering and design, to produce Gocycle® an award-winning electric two-wheeler. Gocycle is the brainchild of Richard Thorpe, a former Mclaren Cars design engineer with a 25- year career working in the motorsports and light electric vehicle industry.
The Peugeot eF01 – PEUGEOTs first electrically-assisted folding bicycle. PEUGEOT, a long-standing player in the folding bicycle market, is expanding its “last kilometer” range of mobility products, launched with the e-Kick electrically-assisted scooter. Thanks to an innovative folding system designed by Peugeot Design Lab, the eF01makes multimodal travel smooth and easy.
Xiaomi Mi QiCYCLE – the Xiaomi company has ceased to be associated exclusively with mobile phones. Its Ecosystem includes many companies and start-ups that are producing a variety of products. The MiQiCycle is part of this ecosystem of technology products. It is a smart bicycle – it’s electric, it’s foldable with a companion app that gives you real-time info on every ride you take.