SABIC-IP's specialty compound helps cut weight, adds toughness to unique, electric bicycle

24-Jun-09
SABIC Innovative Plastics has helped a personal mobility solutions provider -- Karbon Kinetics Ltd. (KKL) -- to develop a unique lightweight, electric bicycle. The 16.2 kg fold-up bicycle, Gocycle, uses SABIC's high-value Verton* RV00CE specialty compound and is claimed to be the lightest production electric bicycle in the world. The unique product is on display here at NPE 2009 in SABIC booth W123011. Though lightweight, the bicycle is extremely durable, thanks in large part to high-performance Verton composite, a 60% long glass fiber-reinforced nylon composite that gives the award-winning Gocycle extreme stiffness, impact strength, exceptional toughness and reliability. In addition, Gocycle offers clean electric power with seamless design provider the user an effortless ride with no emissions. It is an environmentally responsible, low-cost urban transport solution that meets all European Union (EU) and U.S. city cycle testing standards. LNP Verton RV00CE specialty compound was chosen over metal for many of the Gocycle's structural components enabling very light-weight part consolidation and a unique design. Gocycle components using LNP Verton specialty compound include: front fork/controller plug, Pitstopwheel® hub attachments, tolerance ring and wave spring applications, and the award-winning rear shock absorber, Lockshock®. Using an engineering thermoplastic for a bearing and wave spring in this type of application is a technological breakthrough, says the company. Gocycle, which has won numerous awards, was developed with city professionals and their families in mind. Its on-demand power can be activated at the touch of a button.
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