With the pandemic, there is even a need for good alternatives to overcrowded public transport. Bicycling is the preferred alternative, but bad weather and lack of transport capability are significant obstacles. Seventy % of cyclists do not cycle in rain and frost.
That’s why many experts predict there will be a surge for weather-protected bicycles. CityQ is a front-runner among this new type of e-bike – the Car-eBikes.
The Scandinavian electric bike is developed to make bicycling more comfortable for everyone, even in the winter season and bad weather. It has a window, roof and rotating side doors to be semi- or fully enclosed.
“CityQ is an e-bike with the comfort and technology of a car and with the benefits of a bicycle. So you can cycle two children and luggage door to door without having to worry about bad weather, car traffic or parking issues. Nor do you have to worry about hassle with mechanical gears and chains – as these have been replaced with a software-managed drivetrain – as you find in electric cars. That is why we call CityQ a Car-eBike,” says founder Morten Rynning.
The city may look like a car – but it is not much larger than a bicycle. The width is only 87cm and the weight ca. 70kg. It is aligned with European regulations for e-bikes and 3-4 wheel cargo bikes. The driver has to pedal, and motors are limited to 250W, and the max speed is 25 km/h. With two batteries, it has a range of 70-100km.
CityQ has no chain or gears. Like an electric car – these mechanical parts have been replaced by software. This enables programming a range of convenient drive modes like reverse, cruise control, regenerating breaks, heavy cargo mode, and automatic gearing.
As part of this software platform, CityQ includes an app to open/lock, track and even rent the Car-eBike.
CityQ has been developed for three years together with international partners and experts from both the car and bicycle industry as well as the IT industry. And CityQ is patenting its chassis for a lean four-wheel bicycle.
As CityQ opens up for preordering, there are already close to 500 signed up for interest in buying the Car-eBike, especially from Germany, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands. And there is also requests for fleets of CityQ for cargo transport and shared offering. CityQ has signed such agreements in Scandinavia, the Baltics and the UK.
Owning a full-size car may pose some problems for those who live in overly crowded (and polluted) cities because they take up quite a lot of space on the road and in parking lots. And as congestion continues to rise, and as people start to practice social distancing, companies are trying to come up with some solutions and CitiQ (based in Oslo, Norway) thinks it is on to something with its aptly named Car-eBike.
As its name suggests, it’s a cross between a car and a bicycle. Firstly, it’s like a car because it has four wheels, doors, a cargo compartment, cruise control, and you can even specify side windows so that it’s fully enclosed. But it’s also like an actual bike in that you have to pedal, although you do get assistance from an electric motor, and all the cog swapping is taken care of electronically.
It’s worth noting, though, that when you pedal, you’re not actually propelling the Car-eBike forward; you’re just generating electricity that is stored in its onboard battery pack. The electric motor that actually provides the motivation is not especially powerful, putting out some 250W of power, which is about as much as a fit human can muster and also the maximum allowed under EU laws.
The company behind the car/bike says it has a maximum range is estimated between 70 to 100 km (40 to 60 miles), but it’s not clear if you have to keep pedalling in order to achieve the range or if this is just running on a fully charged battery pack without pedalling.
‘ CityQ is an electric bike with the comfort and technology of a car and with the advantages of a bicycle. You can cycle two children and luggage door to door without having to worry about bad weather, car traffic or parking issues. Nor do you have to worry about hassle with mechanical gears and chains – as these have been substituted with a software-managed drivetrain – as you find in electric cars. That is why we call CityQ a Car-eBike. ‘