As you may know, due to automobile saturation within large cities, and also aggressive increases in fossil fuel prices, electric vehicles are gaining new importance. But be careful, we are talking about electric vehicles outside the automotive world, such as electric scooters and bicycles.
Having said all this, there is an extremely interesting new proposal in this “new world”! We are talking about the Pi-Pop, an electric bicycle that is not based on a battery. How does this work? It is worth it?
Pi-Pop: How about an electric bike without a battery?
Therefore, electric bicycles are an extremely attractive means of transport for cyclists who want to get from point A to point B, but don’t want to use their legs too much. After all, going to work by bike is fun, it’s cheap, and it’s even environmentally friendly. However, arriving at work sweaty is not as cool as that,
Having said all this, one of the biggest problems with electric bicycles is the fact that they have to be charged consistently. It’s the exact same problem as any device that is based on a battery. This will have to receive energy to then do its work. Well, this new bike tries to offer a similar user experience without a battery.
Instead, the bike uses a supercapacitor, which in turn stores energy as the user presses the pedals, when braking, or when regeneration is used on descents. This supercapacitor has a life cycle of 10~15 years, which in turn should mean that this bike should even last a few years longer compared to a more traditional electric bike.
Normal e-Bike above / This new e-Bike below
Interestingly, it is something that has actually been somewhat successful, as this is the third generation of this bike to hit the market. However, despite not having a battery, it is an expensive bike, costing around €2450. It is also a bicycle available in a single model.
Interesting, and I would love to try it, but I have my doubts about its everyday use.