SunCycle Electric Fatbike is an electric bicycle that targets African commuters – ranging from children, senior citizens and people with disabilities. The bicycles run on a battery that can be charged from solar power or through an electric 220 V AC power plug.
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Distributions to Date Status
200Interview with manufacturer
- BAFANG geared back hub motor 500 W, < 120 km range, display, kill switch, brake levers
- 48V 7/13/17.5 Ah Li-Ion Battery
- Alu-hydro formed frame
- 26x4.5 inch or 29x2.35 inch tires
- RST front shocks
- A5 air back suspension
- Shimano 8 speed gear cassette
- Tektro 180 mm cable disc brakes
Battery, motor, controller, sensor, LCD display, solar kit
20000 km or 1000 charges, whichever comes firstInterview with manufacturer
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The manufacturer seeks to provide e-bike solutions to all corners of the African continent.
Vetted Performance Status
None on the whole bike, but on the different parts (battery, motor, etc.) to evaluate component lifetimeInterview with manufacturer
Complementary Technical Systems
A charging system - either an electrical grid or a solar panel system - is needed to recharge each bicycle.
Academic Research and References
Fishman, E. and Cherry. C., 2015, E-bikes in the Mainstream: Reviewing a Decade of Research, Transport Reviews, 36(1), pp. 72-91.
Rose, G., 2012, E-bikes and urban transportation: emerging issues and unresolved questions, Transportation, 39(1), pp. 81-96.
Fyhri, A. and Fearnley, N., 2015, Effects of e-bikes on bicycle use and mode share, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 36, pp. 45-52.
Schleinitz, K., Petzoldt, T., Franke-Bartholdt, L., Krems, J. and Gehlert, T., 2017, The German Naturalistic Cycling Study – Comparing cycling speed of riders of different e-bikes and conventional bicycles, Safety Science, 92, pp. 290-297.
Compliance with regulations
It is considered a conventional bicycle in Namibia and South Africa as it is under 30 kg. It fulfills the regulations of Euro Pedelec Norm.Interview with manufacturer