Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 27

July 2017| 27 -bikes are often referred to as the future of cycling, or even of transport, but what about the future of e-bikes We are currently in a situation where, as technology advances, e-bikes become cheaper. As they become cheaper, more people buy them, and as more people buy them, manufacturers are more willing to push the boundaries of what could previously be done with e-bikes. This can be seen as a highly virtuous cycle, to use a lame pun. around battery design. Currently, e-bike batteries are basically very similar to laptop batteries. The four main battery cell manufacturers, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, and LG, used to make battery cells that could be linked together in a cylinder so as to provide power for T goods such as laptops. Now, laptops and newcomers to the T industry, such as smartphones, use at batteries. Cell manufacturers have since concentrated on advancing at cells, meaning that an e-bike battery was constructed in an old- school manner. They also did not see enough of a market in e-bikes to push forward with newer and better technology for cylindrical cell batteries. tion We are currently in a situa nces, where, as technology adva e-bikes become cheaper. One of the main brands to encapsulate this point is Gocycle. Founded and run by the former F1 car designer, Richard Thorpe, the company has brought lightweight technologies to the world of folding e-bikes, as well as the idea of using in ection-moulded magnesium alloy. This has allowed his company to create a space-age lightweight and comfortable chassis for consumers; not only is the frame made from th