GeoOrbital wheel converts any bicycle into an electric vehicle


Right off the bat, Michael Burtov said he and his team at technology startup GeoOrbital did not reinvent the wheel.

But, in a sense, they did.

After two years and five prototypes, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup has developed a new type of electric bicycle wheel that steered the company into crowdfunding stardom raising more than US$1.2 million at a record-setting pace on Kickstarter.

The newly developed bicycle wheel has the major components of an electric vehicle – a 500 watt motor, a lithium battery and a suit of electronics, all arranged to fit perfectly into the radial of a wheel made out of high density foam to avoid a flat.

“The unique thing about this wheel is that we rearranged it,” Michael Burtov, the CEO & Founder of GeoOrbital said. “We kind of re-imagined how we put these things together.”

That wheel, which costs roughly US$800, transforms any bicycle into an electric bike that can accelerate to 20 mph in six seconds.

“It’s not a more efficient system, it’s just a more practical and applicable system,” said Burtov, adding that his wheel has a USB port, enabling riders to charge their smartphones on the go.

The first wheel orders are scheduled for delivery in February 2017.

Source: Reuters