The new HOPR e-bike places power in the hands of riders, and eliminates the need for expensive charging infrastructure. CycleHop, one of the largest smart-bike sharing operators in North America, just announced the HOPR electric bicycle, the first pedal-assist e-bike designed for bike share programs that includes electric drive capabilities powered by a portable rechargeable battery pack. Users will be issued with their own battery pack. This video introduces the HOPR e-bike:
This innovative idea is the company’s second offering under its HOPR advanced mobility brand, following the beta launch of the HOPR all transit pass ride matching and payment iOS app in Chicago last week. The HOPR e-bike marks another industry first from CycleHop, whose founder and CEO Josh Squire received the first US patent for bike share in 1999.
Designed exclusively for bike sharing programs, the HOPR e-bike combines a durable design with energy from a portable power pack.
HOPR e-bike users will receive the power packs, which are about the size of a large smart phone and weigh only a couple of pounds, from their local bike share program when they sign up. Users will charge the power packs via an A/C outlet at their home or office. The power pack clicks into a port located in the front basket and will provide a boost to riders for a range of 10 miles when fully charged. The pedal-assist motor will aid riders to reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour. When not in use with a HOPR e-bike, the power packs can be utilized as a portable charging device for your tablets and phones.
“We’re dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what shared mobility can do for riders with HOPR’s hardware and software,” said CycleHop CEO Josh Squire. “The HOPR e-bike and its portable personal power source represent our vision for sustainable mobility: adding value for riders on and off the bike while eliminating expensive charging infrastructure.”
Where available, HOPR e-bikes will work with the HOPR app to provide easy-to-access bike transportation alongside public and private transit including ridesharing option.
The HOPR e-bike debuted at the Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago last week, with demo models on display and available for test-rides. The e-bikes will be rolled out this summer in several cities and campuses in the US and Canada.
“E-bikes fill a crucial gap in our urban transportation infrastructure. They enable cheaper, quicker trips at distances too close for a car but too far for a standard bike. And they’re perfect for commuters with tight schedules who need to arrive at work or meetings on time without sweating through their clothes. E-bikes offer a no-carbon transit option for people who may otherwise avoid cycling because of the physical effort or distance of travel,” said Josh Squire.
CycleHop is one of the most experienced bike share companies in North America, managing systems in 15 cities and a dozen campuses. They were the first to launch bike share in Los Angeles County, Vancouver, Phoenix, Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Cleveland, and other cities. CycleHop also led the way with operations utilizing Smart-Bike technology, and their Founder and CEO, Josh Squire, received the first US bike share related patent in 1999. (“Unattended automated bicycle rental station” U.S. patent no. 5,917,407)
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