Skoda just drove (or should I say cycled) further into the mobility future with its Electrical Bike at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
The future bike misses key parts, like the crank-set, all the cables sticking out there and the chain, but the most exciting part about it is how its acceleration and breaking mechanism work, and I promise you, it’s not what you would expect, as it turns out it moves like a…hoverboard.
That’s right boys and girls. We have an electric bike which we can now control not by spinning its pedals, but by merely tilting them forward for speeding and backward for breaking.
“Tilt-controlled acceleration and deceleration can be found in children’s hoverboards, which are very easy and intuitive to master and now we have innovated this feature by transferring it to a two-wheeler.” – Aykut Gunderen, Chief of Modules and Platforms.
Well, it’s innovative all right, but let’s hope it’s easier to master than those hoverboards (tried it one time and ran in the wall.)
But let’s dig deeper in this baby, as the tilt technology is not the only “wow” feature there.
The Klement has built-in LED lighting which makes the person moving with it more visible at night, as well as geofencing, with which it can be tracked with the GPS – it’s like “Find my phone” for Apple users!
Well, it all sounds great until we come down to travel distance, which is not great if you want to go further than just circling the park a few times. With a fully charged battery, the Klement can only go for 62km (39 miles) and its top speed is 45km/h (28mph). And what happens if the battery runs out and you don’t have a spare or a place to charge it? No option to paddle, so the only way is pushing it home I guess, and this doesn’t sound very innovative, to be honest.
Overall, it’s a great new ride for the millennials, which is the generation Skoda is aiming to attract, and it will be a lot easier for getting you around the city and getting your daily stuff done, than sitting in an hour-long traffic jam.
“The Klement is a state-of-the-art, dynamic and easy-to-use vehicle, and allows the ŠKODA brand to further appeal to a younger target group with a heightened sense of environmental awareness.”