The name represents the hybrid transmission of human pedaling (Bio) and variable electrical energy as support.
As a new mobility concept, the Bio‑Hybrid combines the advantages of a bicycle (environmentally friendly, space requirements, low maintenance costs) with those of a car (weather protection, driving safety, luggage transportation). As a pedelec, it combines the power of both worlds in an optimal mix: four wheels, one roof, electrically supported, emissions-free, driver's license-free*. With a clear focus on the active driving experience, for flexible, individual movement and the environmentally friendly transportation of goods in the city.
* depending on laws and regulations in local markets
Several variants are planned. As a two-seater, the Passenger is the perfect companion for individual mobility. For the daily commute to work, shopping or simply for leisure time fun. The Cargo is available as an environmentally friendly transport solution in two different versions. With a closed transport box with up to 1,500 liters of transport volume and as the Cargo Pick-up with its open loading area. An interchangeable container system and individual configurations can be requested individually.
There are many applications for the Bio‑Hybrid. For companies and private persons. We see a valuable benefit, for example, in the transportation of goods by courier express parcel services (CEP), and the entire mobility on modern campus areas and factory premises. Other target groups are cities and communities, the catering sector, retail trade and handicraft enterprises. In the private sector, we see a broad target group: from young families and commuters to senior citizens who are fitness enthusiasts. People who do not want to have their own car, but still do not want to do without its comfort and driving safety.
The vehicle’s performance is regulated under German law in the same way as a pedelec, which means it can be powered electrically up to 25 km/h. This may vary depending on the country. Of course, you can also drive faster with the Bio‑Hybrid but that then requires your own muscle power.
The Bio‑Hybrid is equipped with an automatic transmission, so that the driver can easily get on and off – just like on an e-bike. An adjustable pedaling rate is also planned. Depending on their individual riding style, the driver will be able to choose the optimum setting for their fitness level.
We aim to ensure the smallest possible turning circle. This results from the width of the vehicle, the wheelbase, wheel size, steering construction and the space required for pedaling. We have managed to find a compromise at approx. six meters. This makes it possible to turn into a one-lane road in a single maneuver.
Yes, there will be an electric reverse gear at the touch of a button. This will make parking and maneuvering the Bio‑Hybrid an easy task.
Unlike with bicycles, where the human spine absorbs the shocks, the seat needs to be equipped with shock absorbers. As a result, the Bio‑Hybrid is fully sprung and shock-damped. Measures have also been implemented to manage lateral motion. All four wheels feature hydraulic brakes.
The Bio‑Hybrid will have a holistic security concept, which also includes an anti-theft mechanism. In the future, you can unlock and lock the Bio‑Hybrid via an app. If it is moved or lifted, it will sound an alarm, thanks to integrated speakers. The Bio-Hybrid’s location can be detected at any point via GPS. You can park the Bio‑Hybrid like any other cargo bike or bicycle. The aim is that cities will start creating parking spaces for vehicles such as the Bio‑Hybrid. In theory, one car parking space could accommodate three Bio-Hybrids.
It is safer than a bicycle due to the added roof construction, higher driving stability thanks to its four wheels, its own specially designed tires and high-quality braking system and a smart lighting system that includes turn signals. We are currently planning a safety belt for children on the back seat.
Depending on the route, amount of electricity you use and pedaling frequency, you can travel about 50 kilometers. A second battery increases the range up to 100 kilometers. Don’t worry: the app and operating concept are highly intuitive and you will always be informed of the range, vehicle status and battery capacity.
If you want to charge your Bio‑Hybrid battery at home on a normal power outlet, according to current calculations, a full charge cycle would take about three hours. The battery capacity is 1.2 kWh.
Using a normal power outlet at home. The interchangeable, rechargeable battery system makes it very easy to use. The battery can be removed.
Just like any pedelec, you can also propel the Bio‑Hybrid solely by pedaling.
The app will be developed for iOS and Android, thus accounting for 99 percent of smartphones. For smart watches, we initially developed an app for the Apple Watch. We are keeping a close eye on the smart device market, which continues to grow in popularity, and will provide updates to meet new requirements and user demands.
Thanks to the underbody and roof construction, including the front windscreen, wheel covers on the tires and the front end, the rider in the Bio‑Hybrid remains almost dry and protected from the wind in rainy weather, when compared to a bicycle. In addition, a door system, which increases weather protection even further, is also being planned.
With the Bio Hybrid you will experience cycling in a completely new way. And not just alone. The Passenger version of the Bio‑Hybrid can comfortably accommodate one passenger behind you. No matter if it’s one of your friends, grandparents or the youngsters. The Bio‑Hybrid fulfils all of the legal requirements for passenger transport according to the StVO reform to take people of all ages with you. We are currently working on concepts for an optional belt securing system and the integration of a child seat.
The production of the Bio‑Hybrid is scheduled to start at the end of the second quarter of 2021. Delivery of the vehicles is expected to begin in the second half of 2021.
You will be able to reserve your Bio‑Hybrid this year. All of the information will follow shortly. We will keep you up to date with our newsletter.
This year, we will unfortunately not be able to offer test drives in Germany. There were some planned, but due to the COVID19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions, we were forced to postpone them. For next year, we of course plan to offer possibilities for test drives again. More information will follow when the reservation phase begins.
Cities must continue to change – and they will. Even today, cities such as London, Paris and Singapore are investing hundreds of millions in expanding their cycle route networks. Copenhagen, with its three-meter-wide cycle paths, is already a model city in this regard. High-speed cycle paths, which already link cities in Germany’s Ruhr Valley conurbations, make it possible to expand to the Bio‑Hybrid, with its higher speeds.
The e-mobility that we are familiar with in terms of electric cars will not be enough to guarantee the sustainable, energy-efficient mobility for tomorrow. Furthermore, the Bio‑Hybrid can also be integrated into the future world of hyper-connectivity. Urban planners will not be able to avoid considering new forms of individual mobility. This will also go for couriers, delivery companies and cargo transport as a whole. We are thinking about use case scenarios at this point.
The pricing will vary depending on the platform, drive system, equipment and requirement profile of the customer, as well as the intended use. Prices will follow soon, as well as the information about the possibility of pre-ordering. We will keep you up to date with our newsletter.
You will be able to order the Bio‑Hybrid online at the official sales launch. At the same time, we are also working on other sales programs and can imagine, for example, local sales at selected locations. Further information will follow at the beginning of the reservation phase.