chainless folding electric bicycle by mando
in a collaboration with british designer mark sanders and dutch e-bike expert han goes, korean auto suppliers mando corp
and meister inc have developed ‘footloose’, the world’s first chainless folding electric bicycle. by combining a a throttle
drive with pedal-assisted technology, cyclists are able to power the bike up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) with the motor
alone or pedal for more range. by directly transforming electricity via an alternator connected to the crank,
power is generated directly from the user.
the energy stored in a lithium-ion battery, which is then used to actuate the engine. using an electronic control unit (ECU),
the ‘footloose’ works with sensors and an automatic gear changer to monitor terrain and adjust the motor’s output as
necessary. it monitors the system for problems, which it displays via a handlebar-mounted human machine interface (HMI).
the HMI also displays metrics like distance traveled, speed and amount of electricity produced. being removable,
the bike will not start when it is removed, creating an integrated anti-theft feature. when collapsed, the bicycle can be easily
transported weighing just over 21 kgs.
mando footloose product view