“UpSteam is a green clean tech company, so replacing our own car traffic with cycling makes sense. And with CityQ we can bring all our equipment by ebike – and not having to worry about traffic, parking or car free areas. It is efficient, sustainable and innovating – aligned with our UpSteam mission,” says Martin Kristerson in UpSteam.
UpSteam has already tested its mobile car wash operation in the Baltics, the Nordics and Poland. The plan is to become a Pan-European clean tech company.
The UpSteam start-up has ordered 10 customized CityQ ebikes. The project started this autumn, and the first CityQ cargo ebike will be delivered early 2021. The project has been awarded a Norwegian – Estonia grant – ICT Green. Following the initial order, the parties intend to partner to offer CityQ for rent and lease.
CityQ is a new type of ebike – a high tech, weather protected ebike. A bike looking somewhat like a car, and with downsized car technologies and capabilities. “In order to replace car traffic with cycling, cities need this type of innovation. Only 30% of us cycle in bad weather. CityQ makes cycling more convenient. And similar to electric cars we replace mechanics with software and connectivity. As with a Tesla car or your smart phone, CityQ can be repaired, updated and added new functionalities via the web – by automatic software updates and new App versions,” according to founder of CityQ, Morten Rynning
CityQ is looking to downsize car technology and capability into a 4 wheels ebike – a super light and small computer on wheels; managed by edge and power for a MaaS cloud infrastructure.
Smart micro mobility will change urban transport in the next 10 years. The e-mobility market is fueled by all cities to reduce car traffic – and all transport to become green EV’s with increased focus on connectivity and integrated towards cloud services.
The market is expected to reach USD 500 billion by 2025. This view is shared by leading experts such as McKinsey, Roland Berger, Novazure and Y-mobility.