The Pi-Pop offers a sustainable alternative, addressing the environmental concerns associated with the production of lithium batteries. Supercapacitors, unlike lithium batteries, store energy electrostatically allowing for swift energy release when needed.
This makes the bike efficient for actions like restarting or uphill riding. The supercapacitor, despite not being a new technology, enhances the bike’s performance, providing enough power to handle an elevation gain of 50 meters, making it suitable for 80 percent of European cities. Plus, it is a symbol of simplicity weighing only 20 kilograms or about 44 pounds, and uses no rare-earth materials in its production. It’s made of carbon, conducting polymer, aluminum foils, and pulp materials that are already recyclable.
The bike also offers the convenience of no wait time for charging. Its supercapacitor has a lifespan of 1015 years, significantly longer than a typical five or six year lifespan of a lithium battery. Currently assembled in Orléans, France, the company aims to produce a thousand bikes monthly by 2024 and expand into the European market by 2025. The Pi-Pop bike is revolutionizing urban mobility, driven by innovation and guided by a commitment to sustainability.