This hybrid e-bike trades the chain for an alternator

The Mando Footloose makes claim of using the world's first chainless series hybrid technology for an e-bike. Like other pedal-assisted electric bikes, the bike combines manual and electric power. Unlike other pedelecs, it eliminates the chain and transforms the cyclist's motion directly into electricity.

Korean auto suppliers Mando Corp. and Meister Inc. got together with British designer Mark Sanders and Dutch e-bike expert Han Goes to make the Footloose. This hybrid bike combines a throttle drive with pedal-assisted technology. Cyclists can power the bike up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) with the motor alone or pedal for more range.

The bike can be folded into a small and portable package. This makes the Footloose a perfect mach for commuters who rely partly on public transportation.  

Source: gizmag.comAdded: 10 October 2012

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