E.ON is planning to use e-bikes to trial new concepts for environmentally appropriate city mobility. The company has teamed up with Cloppenburg-based Derby Cycle, Germany’s largest manufacturer of bicycles. Under the agreement Derby Cycle will contribute its experience with e-bike business models and the market for e-bikes while E.ON will link the partnership with its cycling-related innovations developed as part of its own program for start-ups called :agile.
Another key element of the partnership with Derby Cycle is an attractive offer for E.ON employees, which is based on an e-bike leasing model with similar terms and conditions as for company cars. The launch of the partnership was celebrated in true style out on the street as a group of employees joined E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen on a cycle ride by e-bike from Düsseldorf to the E.ON Campus in Essen.
The E.ON start-ups that could develop mobility concepts together with Derby Cycle include Easycharge.me who would provide a convenient solution for charging e-bike batteries as well as the related infrastructure, and FahrradJäger who has developed an app called Insect that not only alerts the bicycle owner of an attempted theft of the bike but also uses a swarm solution to alert passersby.
Other possible applications include the sensors developed by the start-up Digimondo that allow the exact location of an e-bike to be determined at all times with minimum technical effort and financial expense. While this app is particularly intended for e-bike rental companies, the app developed by the start-up Radbonus is ideal for employers and health insurance companies offering health promotion schemes which include financial incentives for employees or members using bicycles. Participants collect bonus points for the kilometers travelled, which can then be redeemed in online shops.
The results of these cooperation arrangements are to become part of the sustainable city concepts that are being developed by E.ON. This way E.ON supports cities and local communities in reaching their ambitious climate goals. E-bike mobility can make a substantial contribution to improving the quality of urban life.This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by E.ON Group Management and other information currently available to E.ON. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. E.ON SE does not intend, and does not assume any liability whatsoever, to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.