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Electric bicycles, next generation low carbon transport systems: A survey

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posted on 14.05.2021, 11:05 authored by Lorenzo Stilo, Diana Segura-VelandiaDiana Segura-Velandia, Heinz Lugo, Paul ConwayPaul Conway, Andrew WestAndrew West
Electrical assisted bicycles (e-Bikes) represent an emerging sustainable mode of transport for future smart cities. Several designs issues impact policy in several countries such as the UK, Europe and the USA. As e-bike usage continues to grow, so too will the need for further research, in order to provide the necessary data to inform industrialists what cycling features matters for a wider, diverse and sustainable adoption of this mode of transport. This investigation discusses results from a survey on end-user preferences for future e-Bikes that will be developed in the coming years. User preferences related to safety and convenience were defined using market reviews and responses gathered from 638 potential users mainly from Europe and North America. Data were analysed to rank the importance of desired functionality to improve the uptake of cycling within urban environments. In general, the results indicate that safety and convenience features were equally valued across the whole sample size. ‘Gradient Climb Assist’ and ‘Break Lights & Indicators’ were respectively the most preferred convenience and safety feature. This survey showed how respondents expressed a desire for a more intelligent, secure and adaptive e-Bikes.

Funding

“The BioEngine: a Ford eBike motor control system” funded by the Ford Motor Company University Research Programme (URP)

Adaptive Informatics for Intelligent Manufacturing A12M EP/K014137/1

History

School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Published in

Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Volume

10

Issue

June

Publisher

Elsevier Ltd.

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© 2021 The Authors

Acceptance date

09/03/2021

Publication date

2021-03-23

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

2590-1982

eISSN

2590-1982

Language

en

Depositor

Deposit date: 14 May 2021

Article number

100347