Bengaluru. The first glance at Spero gives an impression of normal bicycle with few modifications, but, once you get on the bike no pedaling is required.
Spero being designed and manufactured by Manikadan, a Coimbatore-based jute machinery technocrat, is an e-bike with a pedaling option which is claimed to reach speeds of 25 kilometres per hour under 10 seconds.
The product launched on Friday has been totally crowd-funded, as the developers raised Rs 9.5 lakh for it.
“My aim was to create an environment-friendly bike, which can become an alternative mode of transport for urban populations,” he said.
It has been built with locally sourced materials wherever possible. The battery has been sourced from Samsung. The motor and tyres came from companies in South Korea.
The bike will be sold in three variants depending on the range per charge — 30, 60 and 100 kilometres.
It features a detachable battery which can be charged through a 5 ampere socket. It goes to 20 percent to 80 percent in 4 hours or can be charged through pedaling.
“It has a unique cruise control feature, which lets you lock the speed of the bike,” a statement from FuelADream.com said.
Speaking about the crowdfunding process, Ranganath Thota, founder of FuelADream.com, said, “Mani is one of very few people who are working on this technology in India. We hope that more people will come forward and support this project.”