E-bike conversion brand Swytch has unveiled what it calls the ‘world’s first pocket-sized e-bike battery’.
The London-based firm, which specialises in almost-universal battery kits for bikes, has developed a new power unit that’s similar in size to a smart-phone.
Swytch’s new battery still provides 250w of power and nine miles of range, in a package that weighs just 700g.
Swytch’s CTO and co-founder, Dmitro Khroma said: “Our new improved Swytch Kit is a game-changer. It is going to totally disrupt the e-bike industry because it is so much lighter, smaller and more affordable than anything else out there”.
Fellow co-founder Oliver Montague, added: “Our job as innovators is to make environmentally-friendly technology that people want to use because it is cool! That way, a global change to a more sustainable way of life will happen naturally”.
Founded in 2017, Swytch offers a unique e-bike conversion kit, that can be used to turn almost any bike into an electrically-assisted machine.
Earlier this month, the brand raised £3.8 million in a funding round, as it plans to use the cash to fund the launch of the new innovation.
Thanks to investment from Green Angel Syndicate, Calyx Venture Fund, One Planet Capital, and other investors, Swytch said it will use the money to grow the team, and scale up manufacturing and supply chain to keep up with demand.
The newest version of the Swytch conversion kit features a handlebar-mounted battery pack that pairs with a front motor hub.
Two battery sizes are available – the 700g version with nine-mile range, and a slightly larger 1,100g version providing 17 miles of power.
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Swytch said the new model will also be around four-times lower than the price of an e-bike with equivalent specifications, as part of its drive to make e-bikes more affordable.
The new Swytch kit will be available to pre-order in May 2022.