Why is the range so small? 9-10 km is rubbish compared to other e-bikes!
The YikeBike is not an entire transport solution – it doesn’t fly or go under water either….. It is designed for all those small journeys that are too far away to walk yet too much of a hassle to use a car or large bike. If you need to go 15-30 km it makes sense to use something faster and bigger. The key thing you can do with a YikeBike that you can’t do as easily with anything else is take it with you on the car or train to give you more freedom at either end and store it under your desk or in a cupboard.
To make the YikeBike truly useful it needs to be light and small not have kilograms of batteries weighing it down. One of the reasons a large range is a selling point for normal electric bikes is that once the bike is 25-35 kgs it vastly reduces your opportunities to charge it so you need a big battery. It is too big and heavy to take into work so you need the range to go back to and from work on one charge. Similarly it is difficult to get your bike to a plug at your apartment so you don’t want to do it too often (same with lugging a heavy battery pack). The YikeBike is small and light enough with super fast charging so you can take it anywhere you would a laptop and plug it in. Worst case you stop for a coffee and charge it up on a longer journey.
With a 9-10 km range that lasts for about half an hour and a charge in between it means the range is enough for you to spend about an hour a day on it. We’d be surprised if people want to do more than that....if you do then you really will want a different device (normal bike, e-bike, car or train). Having said that from an early stage we have made room for those who want to triple the range with another 3 kg of battery and if there is the demand we may offer that option.
Update - extender batter pack now available to increase range up to 40 km!
On a different note - below are a few videos from our launch in Germany