First application trials with the Bio-Hybrid successfully concluded

Since October, the four-wheeled Pedelecs from Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid GmbH have undergone application tests on Germany’s cycle paths and roads. The prototypes, which feature all the functions of the vehicles that will go into series production at the end of 2020, were put to the test in everyday life situations. The primary focus of the test drives was on demonstrating which of the different Use Cases are conceivable with the Passenger and Cargo version of the Bio-Hybrid in the city and on campus grounds and what advantages the new mobility concept offers.

Sustainable campus mobility needs clean mobility solutions

Mobility experts and companies are currently working hard on making campuses fit for a cleaner future. In this, smart, effective and, above all, sustainable solutions take center stage. The application tests also focus on the topic of getting around a campus. More than 80 employees recently tested the Bio-Hybrid prototypes in a variety of situations on the 40-hectare corporate campus in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region. The tests ranged from in-house logistics, factory safety, catering management to the transport of various materials. For this, the Passenger and Cargo versions were used. “Due to its flexible platform, we regard the Bio-Hybrid as an equally versatile and sustainable solution for numerous Use Cases on our campus premises,” said the company’s site manager.

Bypassing traffic jams with the Bio-Hybrid

It is difficult to maneuver a bulky delivery van through heavy city traffic and almost impossible to find a legal parking spot. With the nimble Bio-Hybrid, couriers can bypass a traffic jam by using bike paths and stop directly in front of the door. Christian Hollweck, the owner of the boutique baby store “Rasselfisch” in Munich, is a perfect example: “With the Bio-Hybrid, it would be totally realistic to deliver within a ten kilometer radius easily and cost-effectively. Thanks to the closed box, even bulky parcels like child seats and strollers can be delivered safely to customers,” says the businessman. Moreover, as a clean mobility solution, the Bio-Hybrid fits perfectly with the ecological philosophy of the shop, with many customers travelling on the subway and leaving their cars at home.

The advantages of the Bio-Hybrid are also evident when it comes to less bulky packages: for instance, when a courier effortlessly maneuvers the pick-up version of the Bio-Hybrid through the streets of Munich to drop off salads of a health-food delivery service. The loading space can easily hold two thermoboxes.

In light of the successful tests with the prototypes, Gerald Vollnhals, Managing Director of Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid GmbH, draws a positive conclusion: “We’ve demonstrated that the Bio-Hybrid in the Passenger version and particularly the Cargo version can be used for a wide range of applications. Our goal is to appeal to a broad group of consumers.”

Video campaign features application trials

The video campaign “We move…” puts Use Cases in the limelight: from couriers through the state capital and around the Munich Werksviertel through to test runs in the heart of Frankfurt am Main. A trailer gives the green light for the storytelling campaign over several months. “With the ‘Bio-Hybrid Stories’ we intend to give an emotional boost to the brand and shine a light on the vehicle. The advantages of the Bio-Hybrid are told authentically and honestly, with the focus of the stories on everyday situations,” says Jakub Fukacz, Director Marketing and Communications at Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid GmbH. The individual stories will follow in 2020.

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No driver’s license needed, quiet and digitally networked: The Bio-Hybrid offers many uses for sustainable mobility on campus

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More than 80 employees from various areas tested the Bio-Hybrid prototypes in various Use Cases on the extensive company premises. Driving pleasure, of course, was an important factor

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The closed box of the Bio-Hybrid offers up to 1,500 liters of storage space

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With the pick-up version of the Bio-Hybrid, a delivery service can quickly and flexibly transport its boxes through the city