October 19 2016
A self-charging electric folding bike has easily surpassed its Kickstarter funding
has already raised €190,834 with 18 days still to go.
Vello has been selling three existing models of its folding bike (Urbano, Rocky and Speedster – all non-electric) for the past year through selected retailers and its online shop. The Austrian firm is now looking to produce what it claims is “the lightest and most compact electric folding bicycle in the world.”
Touted as the world’s first self-charging electric folding bike, Vello Bike+ features a battery within the rear wheel hub that can be fully recharged while riding, meaning that in theory the rider need never run out of power.
Energy is harvested by braking and when riding downhill with the bike’s Integrated Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) converting mechanical energy into electrical energy.