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The first 100% self-charging folding e-bike!

20 October 2016

Vello Bike+ is a light and compact folding e-bike and its intuitive self-charging technology means you can charge the battery whilst pedalling.

Vello bike+ (Credit: Vello/Kickstarter)

The Vello bike is a high-performance folding bike that has been developed for the ultimate cycling experience. Its design includes top-quality components combined with new technology, an exclusive design and various specially developed innovations that guarantees a comfortable ride. 

Thanks to its small fold design, it can be transported easily onto public transport or placed under a design or even in a suitcase!

Weighing less than 12kg it is the smallest and lightest electric folding bike on the market. Due to its patented magnet-release and safety system, the folding is hassle free in seconds. Once folded, it stands on its own and can be wheeled. 

Self-charging is made possible due to breakthrough technology that allows the battery to recharge on the energy generated while cycling, so you don’t need to dismantle at the end of you ride nor will you run out of power.

The energy with this new system is harvested by braking and pedalling, just that it now also converts mechanical energy into electrical energy thanks to the Integrated Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). In that way, additional energy is released to recharge the light integrated lithium-ion battery. Through this new technology, Vello Bike+ all-in-one changes the motor map automatically and continuously in order to keep the battery charged. The motor assistance and the cut-off speed both depend on the battery charge, the input from the pedals (speed-torque) and the road slope.

Choose from different assistance levels to get the extra push you need with the 250W motor. It is electrically-assisted when you want it to be. Unlike most electric bikes, it is still easy to pedal even with the power assistance turned off.

You can ride up to 15 miles per hour for unlimited mileage in "self-charging mode", or in "turbo mode" up to 18-30 miles on a full charge without any effort. As soon as you stop pedalling, the motor will stop pushing. The generated power depends on several factors including the bike speed, the pedalling speed, the road slope and the selected power mode.

By connecting your Vello bike+ to your smart phone through Bluetooth, you can easily set the appropriate mode for the pedal assistance as well as plan bicycle routes.  

Connect it to:

• Lock the rear wheel making it very difficult to pedal and harder to steal (available when the batter charge is greater than 20 percent)
• See the custom dashboard and change power modes 
• Get GPS tracking

For more details, visit Vello’s Kickstarter campaign page!

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