Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Pandemic Causes a Switch to Alternative Transport and Brings Inadvertent Profits to Some

Boost for Innovative Electric Bicycle Technology Company
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UK – A societal disaster such as the viral pandemic we are currently suffering was always bound to bring tragedy and despair to many. However such situations also provide opportunities for some, intentional or not, and it seems the government policy to encourage two wheeled travel over four is providing an inadvertent boost for one innovative East London based company.

Start up company Swytch Technology tells us it has been inundated with order requests for its eBike conversion kit, which turns any bike into an eBike. It seems there are many people out there who, whilst wishing to avoid public transport whenever possible, have no intention of becoming the next Chris Hoy, and an electric bike presents the ideal solution.

With a claimed range of 50 kilometres, the Swytch eBike kit is being used as a replacement for car journeys. Cost is under £400 for a pre-order crowd-shopping model which the makers say provides an easy-to-fit and lightweight sustainable transport solution. So successful has the pandemic proved for the winner of the 2019 London Mayor’s CleanTech Awards, the waiting list to order a Swytch kit now exceeds 100,000 people and production has had to be significantly increased to meet the growing demand.

Founded by Oliver Montague and Dmitro Khroma in 2017, both graduate engineers from Oxford University and the University of Bristol, Swytch Technology has been most recently awarded a grant for research and development of a hybrid eBike sharing system by the government’s research and development funding body Innovate UK.

Following the successful launch of the world’s smallest and lightest eBike Kit in October 2019, the company is currently working on developing that project, the world’s first Hybrid eBike sharing scheme based around a removable pocket-sized battery, which is due to be released for commercial trials in 2021. Oliver Montague, CEO commented:

“From the very start of launching Swytch Technology we have always put innovation at the heart of everything we do. It’s a very exciting time for the eBike industry as consumers are now seeking out sustainable transport solutions to be integral with their lives.

”With cities being re-designed to make cycling safer and more accessible, it’s a very exciting time for sustainable transport. Looking at the increase of people who are now on our waiting list to purchase a Swytch Kit, the era of sustainable transport for the masses has arrived.”

With Swytch Technology’s objective to convert over 1 million bicycles by 2025, it says it is currently on target to save 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions within 5 years and CTO Dmitro Khroma, observed:

“The electric vehicle industry is expanding and evolving at an incredible pace. Before the pandemic, people were gradually seeing the health and lifestyle benefits of having their bike electric, but there has been a huge demand in the past few weeks as people are seriously turning to cycling as their only way to commute.”

Photo: (L to R) Oliver Montague and Dmitro Khroma demonstrate their product.