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18 avr 19

Clean and convenient, micromobility

At the beginning of May, Hannover will host the Micromobility expo, a market which is heavily evolving. Here are already some of the latest evolutions. 

Micromobility

As the name suggest, micromobility is the group of small vehicles that bridge the gap between walking and driving a car. Moreover, they not only tend to be small, but to be convenient, agile and ecologic as well. Therefore, micromobility could provide the perfect solution for mobility in traffic-congested, air-polluted and traffic-restricted urban zones. 

Bicar

Bicar does exactly what you think it does, it provides something between a bicycle and a car, hence a Bicar. The Swiss-made micromobility vehicle looks like a small car on three wheels, however emission-free and even produced with sustainable materials. The range anxiety that comes with any electric vehicle is solved by its solar power system and a back-up power system with swappable batteries, which can be swapped at the therefore develope Battery Swap Stations. In fact, the Bicar is the first EV that can run on solar energy solely. 

The Bicar is not only dual in its hardware, but in its software as well. The little vehicle can be used for individual, shared, and corporate mobility. The same application that can be used as a navigation tool, can be used to make reservations, and lock and unlock the Bicar. Interesting to know, due to its design, the Bicar can be driven safely without wearing a helmet. 

Swappable batteries

Yet, Bicar is not the only micromobility company that makes use of swappable batteries. In fact. ACM (Adaptive City Mobility) launched its electric multi purpose city vehicle, “Incredibly light and super clean”. The ACM CITY is a light-weight and energy-efficient vehicle, which can be used for shared mobility, logistics and ride-hailing. 

In all of these use cases the ACM CITY aims to reduce traffic density, parking time, operating costs and CO2 emissions. Moreover, these use-cases must make electric mobility more affordable for everyone. 

The ACM CITY is convenient because of its swappable battery system. Moreover, ACM tended to solve the issues of previous battery swapping systems by locating the battery packs under the car, where they can easily be pulled out and changed. Additionally, to cope with their heavy weight, ACM splits the battery unit into various smaller battery packs which are easy to carry. The ACM City for instance contains 8 battery packs of 12kg each. ACM claims that the exhausted batteries can be replaced by fully charged ones in less than 3 minutes, which is faster than it would take to charge any kind of EV, even at a fast charging station.

Hence, micromobility is litteraly taking its place between driving and walking/cycling, moreover both examples show how swappable batteries and clean technologies are getting on the forefront. Curious to see which other models and solutions the Micromobility Expo in Hannover will bring at the beginning of May.

Authored by: Fien Van den steen