Cycling not only gives you exercise, but also reduces automobile smog, greenhouse gas pollution, and (thus) premature death. However, don’t you wish that when you’re feeling ill or tired you could just sit there while your bicycle carries you home?
Well, the FlyKly Smart Wheel is a replacement bicycle wheel that enables you to swap out the wheel of your existing bike to an electrically-powered one. The wheel has an electric motor embedded in it (normally referred to as an in-wheel motor).
The electric motor’s power hasn’t been stated, but its top speed is rated at 20 mph (32 km/h). The top speed can be adjusted via a smartphone app.
The FlyKly Kickstarter page suggests that almost all of the FlyKly’s components — including the speed controller, battery, and wireless receiver — are integrated into the FlyKly wheel. It even uses regenerative baking. That is very impressive! That more than compensates for the bulkiness of the device.
Apart from that, the battery in this 9-pound apparatus enables bicycles to travel up to 30 miles (48 km) per charge, and can be recharged 1,000 times, which is common for typical lithium-ion batteries. It also has some other features, such as the ability to lock the motor remotely if it is stolen and to track it if it is stolen.
Finally, it is equipped with a Smart Light that also holds your phone and charges it while riding.
For more details, check out the video at the top of this page or the Kickstarter page. At this moment, the FlyKly team has blown past its initial $100,000 goal. It has currently raised $166,409 from 605 backers.
Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.