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Podbike Monthly Update

354 days ago

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Now Covid-measures in many European countries are lifted more and more, plans have been made for new test events with the Frikar in Norway and Germany. In this update, there is also information on the assembly and technical aspects of the Frikar.

In the course of this year, Podbike is expected to hold test events where enthusiasts may test the Frikar in Norway and Germany. Customers who have pre-ordered the Frikar, shall receive an invitation 24 hours before everyone else. With an invitation, attendees must book a timeslot to plan their ride with the Frikar. Dates and locations are still to follow.

Podbike has started with the assembly of their first series cycles. However, it’s a small series of ten bikes only to check whether their assembly procedures and parts are fit for full production. Now that the industry is facing difficulties with long lead times, Podbike is assembling some parts in house.

In the Frikar multiple micro controllers are used to guarantee a smooth ride. Smart microchips allow the cycle to work and to do self-diagnosis. These smart devices help to track down errors, for example when a wire is loose or the rear light has been broken.

When travel restrictions are lifted in Germany, one Frikar shall be assembled in Norway to assist the factory in Germany. Again this is done to check whether the procedures of assembly are accurate. Podbike is also planning a visit this month, to meet their German production partner and assist the final assembly and discuss design improvements.

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Daan van Dieren

Daan is a policy officer for LEVA-EU

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