LEVA-EU member Mando’s new generation system, the Pedalrite, aims to transform urban mobility.
HL Mando, founded in 1962, launched into the bicycle industry ten years ago, and now enters the micromobility space in partnership with the German start-up Hopper Mobility. The organisation’s latest technology is “a system that increases the functionality of heavy-duty e-cargo bikes and people carriers – and therefore makes the change from traditional cars to bicycles even more attractive for both companies and consumers.”
The Pedalrite Drive System – HL Mando
The South Korean manufacturer’s latest system is a powerful, chainless drive system designed primarily for electric vehicles. Providing an integrated electric motor, battery, drivetrain, and comprehensive IoT environment, vehicle manufacturers receive a fully-realized technology on which to build their latest models. The system was officially unveiled to the public at Eurobike 2022, with a number of manufacturers already pilot-testing the Pedalrite for wider release.
Partnership with Hopper Mobility – The Hopper
The Hopper marks Hopper Mobility’s first step into the micromobility sphere, combining the features of a car and bicycle. When asked about selecting Mando as a key collaborator, Sebastian Weber, the start-up’s spokesperson, shared with Bike Europe, “Due to its characteristics, the Pedalrite was the best option for our concept since it allows us to build the vehicle without a classic chain.” He refers to the Hopper’s rear-wheel steering design, which became inefficient if the company used a classic traditional chain drive. “Additionally, the system has other advantages for us. For example, by eliminating the chain, the vehicles require much less maintenance, as there are fewer wearing parts.” He describes the cooperation with HL Mando as very efficient and smooth: “There are numerous customization options, and therefore we were able to implement the drivetrain into our design exactly as we had imagined. Accordingly, we are optimistic about the market launch in the coming season.“