Karbon Kinetics Announces 3rd Generation Gocycle
LONDON, UK – Karbon Kinetics Ltd. announced the introduction of its third-generation Gocycle G3 with integrated automotive-inspired daytime running light (DRL) employing light pipe technology.
In order to increase the visibility of cars and improve safety for road users, as of 2011, European law mandates that all automobiles have DRLs. The new Gocycle G3 now comes fitted with an automotive-inspired DRL.
Visibility and safety
Richard Thorpe, designer of Gocycle, commented, “We’ve brought automotive style DRL technology to e-bikes, aiming to improve the visibility and safety of G3 riders. Our proprietary light pipe design gives the new G3 a distinctive visual signature not seen on any other e-bike in production today.”
‘To see’ light
There is a difference between a DRL and a traditional bicycle night light. A DRL generally improves the visibility of the vehicle to other road users—it is a “to be seen” light primarily running during the daytime; whereas a night light typically illuminates the road in front of the rider—a so called “to see” light running at night. But DRLs should not be too bright, especially if running at night, and they should not exceed limits set forth for traditional “to see” night lights to prevent “dazzling” other road users.
Not harmonized across Europe
Thorpe continued, “It’s not straight forward for e-bike designers and manufacturers to integrate a DRL into an e-bike because existing lighting standards are complex, not harmonized across Europe, and are lagging behind new LED and DRL technology. E-bikes have onboard battery packs and electronics that are more than capable of supporting and controlling lights operating continuously during the day and night. So integrated DRL’s make sense on and e-bike and can improve safety.”
Besides the addition of the integrated DRL, the Gocycle G3 builds on the success and experience of the award-winning Gocycle G1 and Gocycle G2 and has more than 60 advancements. The cockpit has been redeveloped with more comfortable, ergonomic grips, as well as bespoke four-way, rotary twist controls for shifting, power and DRL control.
A new KKL-developed BMS (battery management system) supports a higher capacity G3 battery pack. The G3’s many other upgrades include proprietary innovations such as the HexLock system for the PitstopWheel and the all new Portable Docking Station, which makes stowing and transport easy as well as offering integration with automotive and marine vehicles.