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Schaeffler pre-empts megacity momentum with micro-mobility solution

The supplier has launched details on its bio hybrid concept – a micro-mobility solution designed for the city. By Michael Nash

Growing urban populations have caused cities across the world to expand. It is estimated there are now 25 megacities worldwide, i.e. cities with populations exceeding 10 million people. By 2030, it is predicted there will be 28 megacities in China alone. This has resulted in various transport issues like heavy traffic and high local emissions.

To combat these issues, a handful of companies have been producing micro-mobility solutions that are designed specifically for city use. The Renault Twizy, for example, is a battery-powered two seat electric vehicle (EV) with a range of 56 miles and a max speed of 50mph. The OEM markets it as “absolutely ideal for city driving.” Honda unveiled its MC-β in 2013 as a short-distance EV for city driving. The company has since been carrying out tests with the model.

Schaeffler has recently joined the party with its bio hybrid – the result of its ‘mobility for tomorrow’ strategy. The concept includes an electrically assisted drive system that has a range of around 31 miles. Speaking to Automotive World, Peter Gutzmer, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Technology Officer, Schaeffler, explained the key benefits of the bio hybrid.

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