The Dutch company VanMoof joins the fray of e-bikes. However, the Dutch startup differentiates itself from other companies with unique design and technical refinements. According to its own statement, the riding characteristics are not ignored. So this is what the future of e-bikes should look like?
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The two models created by VanMoof at a glance
The Dutch startup currently has two quite similar, but different models in its portfolio. The difference lies in the field of application, which is reflected in the frame construction.
The VanMoof S3 is a city bike suitable for everyday use. With its sporty geometry, it is the ideal e-bike for daily commuting, the trip to the ice cream parlor, or the Sunday tour through town and country.
VanMoof S3 and VanMoof X3
The VanMoof X3 is somewhat more flexible. With an additional and very stylish front luggage rack, it can also be quickly used for shopping.
Both models are currently only available in single frame size. The S3 is suitable for people between 170cm and 200cm tall and the X3 for people between 155cm and 200cm. So there should be something suitable for almost every height.
Technical refinements of the VanMoof e-bikes
Technically, the Amsterdam engineers have come up with a lot of ideas to create a “smart” bike. The display is integrated into the top tube and shows all important information via a dot-matrix display. This includes battery status, speed and whether the bike is in locked condition.
The new e-bikes can be locked easily via the Kick-Lock system. For this purpose, a small button is located near the rear wheel hub. With a simple kick the motor is locked, GPS tracking is activated and the bike can be parked easily, quickly and above all safely.
The system can be unlocked easily with a smartphone. Once you have the paired smartphone on your body, the lock mode is automatically canceled. Of course, the e-bike can also be unlocked with an emergency pin via the display on the top tube.
The Smartphone app can also be used to configure the support modes and view all system statuses.
All riding information in the Smartphone App
The TurboBoost button on the steering wheel provides the necessary thrust. This allows additional power to be activated immediately. The drive, electronic transmission and battery are constantly monitored by smart sensors in order to constantly optimise the range.
Huge success in crowdfunding
The Amsterdamers started with crowdfunding and a small venture capitalist, and in doing so they got their first $6.57 million (€6 million). That’s how the success of the e-bike company began. The founders see the company more like a tech company, with Tesla as a role model. This is also reflected in its employee base. Half of the 180 employees working in the Amsterdam headquarters alone are software developers.
The success definitely proves them right. The turnover has quadrupled to about $43.7 million (€40 million) and is already 20% above plan in 2020. In order to be able to continue the growth, further venture capital financing of $13.1 million (€12 million) was recently concluded. All figures speak for themselves that VanMoof is able to establish itself among all the top performers and thus enrich the e-bike market.
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