Automotive supplier Schaeffler introduced a new micro-mobility concept during the “auto motor und sport” conference. This study shows how the company envisages a solution for urban individual forms of mobility.
The Schaeffler concept combines the advantages of stability and weather protection with the energy consumption and space utilization of a pedelec. A pedelec is a vehicle that supports the rider with electric power only while he or she is pedaling. With the electrically-assisted drive system (up to 25 km/h / 15.5 mph) with a minimum range of 50 kilometers (31 miles), the driver of what Schaeffler calls a “bio-hybrid” can travel in a sporty and comfortable manner. The new vehicle platform with two front and rear wheels provides increased safety and driving stability.
All-electric mobility will not be sufficient to guarantee sustainable, energy-efficient mobility for tomorrow in the passenger car sector.—Prof. Peter Gutzmer, Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer at Schaeffler AG
The concept can also be easily driven on bicycle paths due its compact dimensions (2.1 m long, 1.5 m high, 85 cm wide) and a track width of 80 cm. The electric reverse gear also enables maneuvering without any problems.
The hybrid features a portable battery system, variable luggage compartment and automatic gearshift system. The roof can be easily stowed under the seat by means of an intelligent swing mechanism. With the weather protection retracted, the vehicle transforms into a cabriolet.
Due to an integrated smartphone connection, the driver is linked to a large number of apps and can access information, for example, about the weather and traffic situation.
Important prerequisites with regard to infrastructure must be fulfilled before this type of individual mobility can become established on the market. Metropolitan areas and major cities must continue to change—and they will. Cities such as London, Paris and Singapore are already investing hundreds of millions in the development of cycle tracks. High-speed cycle tracks, which connect cities, for example, in the Ruhr area, will enable extension stages of the micro-mobile with higher speeds. There are already discussions in Germany about opening cycle tracks with a legal speed limit of 40 km/h. All these developments mean that our concept has great potential to change urban mobility.—Prof. Peter Gutzmer