An amazing new invention has come out of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, and it combines my two passions of electric vehicles and biking. The Copenhagen Wheel is a new take on the electric bike. It is a rear wheel that can be attached to almost any existing bike that gives riders that extra push they may need on a bike to work. Riders still pedal along, like they would on a normal bike, but the small electric motor inside the wheel helps propel them along faster. Like many electric cars, the wheel also employs regenerative braking so it gains energy as riders brake or bike down hill. It can go up to 31 miles on a single charge and can reach up to 20 miles per hour. It is charged similarly to an electric car, taking 4 hours to fully recharge.
One of the key aspects of the Copenhagen Wheel’s design is it’s partnership with a complimentary mobile application. This app can track the wheel’s usage, including time, distance, calories burned, and elevation. It can also lock and unlock the bike and share riding statistics with friends!
During my semester in Copenhagen, I fell in love with biking. However, one of the reasons biking works so well in Denmark is that it’s a very flat country. In many other places, elevation deters commuters from biking. Hopefully, innovations like the Copenhagen Wheel can change this, and play an important part in the EV revolution.
Learn more at Superpedestrian.