Kickstarter QuikByke Hopes To Rent Out Electric Bikes From Solar Powered Shipping Containers


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Bikes in a box

OK, y’all may not know how cheap we are here at InsideEVs, but we’re cheap.

Yankee, New England, If I have any extra change I’m gonna spend it on batteries for my next build cheap.  (ed note: Speak for yourself, Dillard – J. Cole).  But here’s a Kickstarter project we can get behind.

Bill Moore, of EV World, floated this Kickstarter idea out there, and we’re going to take our next bounty of lunch money and chip in.  Why?  E-Bike rentals from a solar-powered shipping container, that’s why.

On top of that, you can get one of the bamboo bikes for yourself.  From Green Car Congress:

As an incentive for supporters, QuikByke is offering the K15, a Greenstar Bikes Ecoforce 1 bamboo and recycled aluminum e-bike powered by the BIKE+ All-In-One hub motor by Zehus s.r.l. of Milan, Italy. The BIKE+ rear bike hub contains brushless motor, 160 Wh battery, electronics and sensors, all within 180 mm diameter and 120 mm width. With a weight of just 3 kg (6.6 lbs), BIKE+ All-In-One has the highest energy/weight ratio on the market.

Bill Moore

Bill Moore

Yeah, not so much into the bamboo bike, though I understand how cool it is.  The container idea is what I like, playing into the whole business in a box, tiny houses, tiny offices and, oh yes, the whole “move with the seasons” idea.  Because, have you ever considered running a warm-season-only business in New England?  Right, it’s a problem.

Read all about it on Green Car Congress, or just stop over at the Kickstarter.  Here’s Bill’s video:

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I’ve been following Bill’s Quikbyke project for awhile now and I have to say that I like the concept. Glad to see that he’s getting more visibility on the project. Hopefully it’ll be a success!

I hope that there will be a buffering-battery in the box. Most likely the bikes will rented when sun is shining.

Not to get me wrong:
I like the idea!

be rented….

a used Leaf-pack could be used as a buffer

The bikes are not plug in. All charging comes from regen.

Don’t think so. Their Kickstarter website says “we charge the bike batteries with sunshine”.

I was just curious how this all-in-one wonder motor (which, for the record, I think is a silly idea, unless you’re a hipster that can’t be seen with wires and batteries on your fixie – but that is a silly idea in itself) solves charging, as their Kickstarter indeed claims: “And because we charge the bike batteries with sunshine…” But now upon viewing the motor manufacturer video ( ) they claim it does not need recharging, as it charges with regen. Then I looked at Kickstarter again, and the bamboo bike with the all-in-one motor is just a backer reward, not something they claim to be renting out – in fact, the concept pictures feature front-motored bikes with rear-rack batteries. Ted… *akhem*. As an aside, the Bamboo bike looks okay shape-wise, but the colour scheme is too rave-y for, er, most people. That green painted crank does not wear too nicely either. All in all, it’s gonna fail anyway – 6 days to go and $270k short. I dunno, but moving a container halfway around the world to rent out some bikes… Sounds like you’ll be charging a lot for the rentals. Maybe put some front sleds on the… Read more »

“All in all, it’s gonna fail anyway – 6 days to go and $270k short.”

Yeah, I noticed that. Their Kickstarter campaign has only collected a drop in the bucket compared to their goal. That’s probably best; this doesn’t look like a good business model. If running a retail/rental business out of a moveable shipping container was a viable concept, probably somebody would already be doing it.