MIFA; World’s 1st Bike Maker to Present Electronic Bike
SANGERHAUSEN, Germany – After the Mando Footloose, presented by car industry parts supplier Mando Corporation at Eurobike, MIFA is the world’s first bicycle manufacturer that presents an electronic bike. The company developed the X-PESA prototype together with the IAI (Institut für Automatisierung und Informatik) GmbH and the Harz University of Applied Sciences.
MIFA’s (Mitteldeutsche Fahrradwerke AG) X-PESA is chainless, like the Mando Footloose. At this electronic bike the energy from the cyclist’s muscular power is transferred purely electrically to the rear wheel. “This development, which adds functionality to the generator/motor principle, represents a top achievement,” commented Sandy Hille, engineer at MIFA. The generator is operated by the pedal, using the energy generated to drive the motor on the rear wheel.
Smart phone connection
MIFA’s X-PESA offers various ride profiles for a wider range. Communication is by smart phone connected with the cycle management system via bluetooth. “We are proud that MIFA with our partners entered into new technical territory with this prototype,” said Michael Hecken, marketing and strategy manager at MIFA.
Suited for major metropolitan rental projects
According to Hecken, the new electronic bike is to significantly support MIFA in its sales strategy: “The innovative X-PESA system is in particular suited for major metropolitan rental projects. With this prototype, we are also in the near future able to deliver a product that the premium specialized trade sector has long been waiting for: the chainless bicycle.”
Focus on project-related order production
MIFA is one of Germany’s biggest manufacturers of bicycles with a focus on project-related order production for large retail chains. The company is producing electric bikes since 2011. MIFA took over e-bike manufacturer Grace in March 2012, which mainly produces premium electric bikes for among others, car maker Smart. The company sold 644,000 bicycles in 2011.