Coimbatore Entrepreneur launches India’s first Crowdfunded Electric Bike Spero
India’s first crowdfunded eco-friendly electric bike, Spero, has been launched in India. The bike has been designed by 38-year-old Coimbatore-based Manikandan who has been working on the project for the past three years. Three models of the bike are set to be released. Manikandan has been trying to raise money to turn his dream into a reality through a campaign on FuelADream.
The bike costs between ₹29,900 and ₹50,900, those interested might want to pre-order the bike now as this is 40% lower than its market price. The base model of the Spero is capable of a range of 30km on a single charge, while the other two models have a range of 60km and 100km respectively. The battery used by the bike is sourced from Samsung and it is claimed that the battery charges from 20% to 80% in four hours.
The bike has 5 gears in the electric mode and can do 0-25 kmph in 10 seconds. But the best thing about the e-bike has to be the fact that it charges itself as the rider pedals. The Battery comes from Korea while the rest of the materials sourced to make the bike come from India, making it a healthy mix of the best from both worlds.
“Electric mobility will take more time to gain popularity. So, we needed to keep it simple and take it to the next level. What better way than a cycle,” said S. Manikandan, co-founder and managing director of the six-member company that produces the Spero electric bicycle.
One of the biggest issues blighting the world right now is the environmental damage we have caused the planet. There has been a rapid rise in the emission of greenhouse gases and other nasty pollutants in the atmosphere. The product of this abuse meted out to the planet is widely seen in terms of the stark rise in temperatures, the prevalence of chronic illness like bronchitis, asthma, cancer, etc. This Eco Friendly Bike is promising because it is not only taking care of the environment, but also helping the rider stay fit.
The Spero uses a frame that is similar to the one used on standard bicycles. This done to ensure that buyers would be able to easily get replacement tires, or add extra features such as bike locks, bike racks and more