Claiming to be the world’s smallest conversion kit, the London-based startup Swytch has launched a new hand-held electric drive system that’s capable of transforming any regular bicycle into a state-of-the-art e-Bike with up to 30 miles of travel.
According to the developers, the Swytch kit replaces the stock front wheel with a motorized version, which features a quick-release controller that slots onto a bracket fixed in between the handlebars of the bike, providing 250w of power thanks to an advanced lithium battery that boasts a top speed of 20mph in the USA.
There’s also a speed sensor that riders can attach to the pedal that detects forward rotation and activates the motor of the bike automatically, rather than relying on a twist or thumb throttle on the main controller.
“Our mission is to make top-quality electric bike technology affordable for everyone. we went to great lengths to design the product to be affordable, easy to fit, and universally compatible,” explains Swytch.
“We estimate 99% of the 1 billion bicycles in the world could be converted with Swytch. doing so, instead of building brand new e-Bike, could save thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions, as well as saving our customers a lot of money.”
“The average bicycle requires 200kg co2e emissions to make (often referred to as embodied co2e). The average electric bike requires 400kg of co2e. The Swych kit requires less than 40kg c02e to produce, making it 10x more environmentally friendly (approximately 90% lower emissions) than making new e-Bikes,” adds the company.
“In 2017 we raised over $500,000 on Indiegogo from over 1,000 customers to develop and manufacture the original swytch kit, which is currently available to order on the Swytch bike website. The new kit that is 50% lighter (3kg power pack down to 1.5kg) and 70% smaller (shrunk from car-battery size, to palm-sized) than the original.”
The new Swytch kit is now available to order on Indiegogo, offering early-backers a special price of $399 for the 21 mile (35 km) range kit, or $499 for the 30 mile (50 km) range kit, which is 50% off the full price of $799 and $999.
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