Use This $100 Gadget To Upgrade Your Old Bike Into An Electric One


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An average electric bike costs around $2000 and is too expensive for the masses. However, a Swedish engineering firm named Semcon has come up with the design of a new $100 gadget that can upgrade your old bike into an electric bike.

 

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The spokesman for the company, Per Nilsson, detailed how they identified their target market:

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“There is, that we’re aware of, no low-cost alternative for turning your old bike electric. We saw an opportunity to develop a product that is inexpensive, low weight, easy to switch, and has enough power to support more bikers.”

 

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Thus far, the other ideas proposed for turning your regular bike into an electric one give your bike a heavier look and, nonetheless, are relatively expensive. A survey revealed that most of the bike rides in the US are only ten minutes long.

 

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The designers at Semcon hit upon the idea of a light-weight, detachable battery. Nilsson said that the riders would pedal off on their own when they start the ride:

“We optimised the motor to kick in when you need the support the most —between seven and 25 kilometres per hour. This made it possible to make the engine smaller.”

 

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The add-on battery attached to a magnet can conveniently be removed and charged or even installed for use in another bike. The design employs an Arduino and can connect to Wi-Fi to provide access to the navigation apps, or the anti-theft tracking systems.

 

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The prototype cost Euro 100, and the company hopes that this price would refuse further as they go into the active production phase.

 

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Thus, soon you can lay your hands on an electric bike without parting with thousands of dollars. Learn more about the gadget in this video:

 

 

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