Vancouver startup has designed an electric-assist bike made of basalt fiber

A Veemo electric vehicle is equipped with an electric motor and solar panels, and the developers have designed a composite body from continuous basalt fiber Innegra for the comfort of the passengers.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

Innegra is a trademark of Innegra Technologies engaged in the production of single-component and multi-component basalt, carbon and glass fibers. The company has been in the market since the early 2000s. In August 2013, the company was awarded the JEC Innovation Award for a two-component fiber Innegra ™ H.

The electric vehicle weighs 120 kg, and 17-kg battery allows for the maximum speed 32 km / h and ensures a range of 100 km (with solar panels – up to 125 km). The steering controls resemble those of a scooter, though all instrumentation is displayed on a tablet mounted in the console.

The first real-world testing has begun this fall. Vancouver members of a car-sharing service are supposed to be the first users in North America.

Companies: Innovation Award, Veemo

Industries: Automotive and Road Transportation, Sports, Leisure & Recreation

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