Electric analog of Bicing bike will appear in the Catalan capital by the end of this year. The new service, which will begin with 300 bicycles, will be available for about 8,000 subscribers. The electric bikes can reach speeds up to 25 km / h.
Barcelona City Council announced this week that at the end of this year will be launched the electric Bicing, which will complement the available system of the urban bike rental for long trips. Barcelona will have even more bikes. The system is currently undergoing testing required, and will have a base of 300 white electric bicycles and 45 stations, most of which will be equipped underground.
The new service, which will be only available to users of the urban bike Bicing, means for users additional annual costs of 14 euros plus an additional fee for the use of 7,000 to 8,000 subscribers. The electric Bicing is born as “addition” to the existing Barcelona Bicing system. The introduction of the service is expected to begin in December 2014, with 150 electric bicycles, and the rest will be available in January 2015. The Barcelona City Council expects in the next two years to see the work and development of the new system before expand it further.
As explained by the Second Deputy Mayor, Sonia Recansens, the test period has a cost of five million euros, of which one million – the cost of operation; 2.3 million euro – cost of the project during the trial period and the remaining 2.1 million euro – the cost of maintenance. And, as expected, 650,000 euros will be received in the first year of work of electric bicycles.
Electric bicycles Bicing, as ordinary bicycles, will work with the same schedule, the computer program and customer service system. Furthermore, in this case, will be introduced the payment of use, which means, that the first half hour will cost 0,45 €, and then 0,80 € per every half hour, with a maximum duration of up to two hours of use.
At the same time, the electric bikes made in Catalonia, with a maximum weight of 23 kilograms, can ride on the usual conventional bike paths and can have speed of up to 25 kilometers per hour. And that they need 2 hours to be fully recharged.
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