HOPR believes e-bikes fill a crucial gap in the urban transportation infrastructure
North America smart bike-sharing operator, CycleHop, has introduced the HOPR electric bicycle. It claims to be the first e-bike for bike-share that includes electric drive capabilities powered by a portable rechargeable battery pack.
The company said the e-bikes will be rolled out this summer in several cities and campuses in the US and Canada.
The pedal-assist e-bike is CycleHop’s second offering under its HOPR advanced mobility brand, following the beta launch of the HOPR all transit pass ride matching and payment iOS app in Chicago last week.
Designed exclusively for bike-sharing programmes, the HOPR e-bike combines a durable design with energy from a portable power pack. HOPR e-bike users will receive the power packs, which are about the size of a large smart phone and weighs only a couple pounds, from their local bike-share programme when they sign up. Users will charge the power packs via A/C outlet at their home or office.
The power pack clicks into a port located in the front basket and will provide a boost to riders for a range of 10 miles when fully charged. The pedal-assist motor will aid riders in reaching speeds of 15 miles per hour. When not in use with a HOPR e-bike, the power packs can be utilised as a portable charging device for tablets and phones.
Where available, HOPR e-bikes will work with the HOPR app to provide easy-to-access bike transportation alongside public and private transit including ride-sharing options.
“We’re dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what shared mobility can do for riders with HOPR’s hardware and software,” said Josh Squire, CEO of CycleHop. “The HOPR e-bike and its portable personal power source represent our vision for sustainable mobility: adding value for riders on and off the bike while eliminating expensive charging infrastructure.”
The HOPR e-bike debuted at the Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago last week, with demo models on display and available for test-rides.
"E-bikes fill a crucial gap in our urban transportation infrastructure. They enable cheaper, quicker trips at distances too close for a car but too far for a standard bike. And they’re perfect for commuters with tight schedules who need to arrive at work or meetings on time without sweating through their clothes,” added Squire.
“E-bikes offer a no-carbon transit option for people who may otherwise avoid cycling because of the physical effort or distance of travel.”
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