The Copenhagen Wheel

Full Sus has a bit of a history with branching into commuter culture from time to time, introducing you to the Invisible Helmet and keeping you updated on the Moonlight Mass ups and downs. So with that in mind, the amazing electric bicycle motor, the Copenhagen Wheel isn’t out of place. It’s a technological marvel, developed by the boffins at MIT’s Senseable City Lab, and using F1 pioneered KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System) to boost power to its electric motor.

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Professor Carlo Ratti, Director of the MIT Senseable City Lab explains: “The [Copenhagen] wheel contains all you need so that no sensors or additional electronics need to be added to the frame and an existing bike can be retrofitted with the blink of an eye. In a sense, you drive by foot: when you pedal forward the motor supplements your torque; when you pedal backwards to brake, the motor starts regenerating electric energy while reducing your speed.”

It differs from other electric bikes in that all components are integrated into the hub, with no unsightly wires, or battery packs. The hub features a motor, 3-speed internal gearing, batteries, a torque sensor, GPRS and a sensor kit that monitors CO, NOx, noise (db), relative humidity and temperature. It’s controlled by your smart phone, allowing you to change gears, select how much torque the Copenhagen Wheel adds to your pedalling power and locks the wheel when you park.

So if you’re an avid commuter and want to make your commute easier you can look into retrofitting your bike with a Copenhagen Wheel. Find out more at www.senseable.mit.edu/copenhagenwheel.

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