As cities continue to address traffic issues, the notion of limiting automobile mobility has resulted in a demand for viable alternatives to congested roadways and public transportation. Bicycling is unquestionably the preferred mode of transportation. Still, severe weather and a lack of transportation options are significant impediments - it is estimated that 70% of cyclists do not pedal in rain or frost. With this in mind, the Oslo-based CityQ introduces a car-e-bike, a front-runner in weather-protected bicycles.
CityQ was created to make biking more pleasant for everyone, even in the winter and in inclement weather. It includes a window, a roof, and rotating side doors that may be partially or completely enclosed. It is barely 87 centimeters long and weighs roughly 70 kg. It complies with European requirements for e-bikes and freight e-bikes with three to four wheels. The driver must pedal, and the motors are restricted to 250W with a top speed of 25km/h. It has a range of 70-100km with two batteries.
'CityQ is an e-bike with the comfort and technology of a vehicle and the benefits of a bicycle,' says Morten Rynning, the company's creator. 'You can cycle two children and baggage door to door without worrying about poor weather, automobile traffic, or parking problems.' There is also no need to worry about mechanical gears and chains since they have been replaced with a software-managed powertrain, similar to that seen in electric vehicles. That is why CityQ is referred to as a car-e-bike.'
CityQ bike does not have a chain or gears. Instead, the software has replaced these mechanical pieces, much like in an electric automobile. This allows you to configure various useful drive modes such as reverse, cruise control, regenerative brakes, heavy load mode, and automated gearing. In addition, CityQ features an app to open/lock, track, and even hire the car-eBike as part of this software platform.