Gallery: i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges You...

Image © Marc Andre Cardinal

i-Go is an electric bike concept loaded with futuristic rider-friendly features such as regenerative wireless brakes, internal gears, smartphone charging ability, mobile app and GPS all integrated into a foldable design.  The i-Go ebike rental system was designed by recent college grad Marc Andre Cardinal, and it may be the best bike share scheme we’ve seen to date.

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  1. Benjamin Nead March 5, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Stumbling onto this article some 2.5 years after it was posted, I’m struck with how beautiful this concept ebike looks. I do agree with Robert that the projected cost per unit mentioned in the article is hopelessly optimistic, but I can’t fault the esthetics of the design or write the whole thing off as “industrial design masquerading as engineering.

    My thoughts are if this design were actually to be utilized in a bikeshare program is that many would simply “disappear” since it’s such a looker (most purpose-built bikeshare bikes have a dorky look to them, no doubt to discourage theft.)

    So many concept bikes/ebikes I come across (not to mention more than a few that have actually been built and even marketed) look truly hideous and appear to be avant-garde design studies from people who have never actually ridden. I’d beef up the super-skinny handlebars on this one and make a few other minor changes, but this is one I’d actually like to see get beyond the drawing board.

  2. Robert Anderson September 3, 2011 at 11:28 am

    This is industrial design masquerading as engineering. If you look at current bikes with this level of technology, you will see that they cost in the $3500-$5000 range, which is too expensive for bike share systems. Take a look at the “slippage” in the Vélib system in Paris. It’s expensive, even at a cost of about $800 per bike.

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