by PODBIKE | September 29th

Reducing the footprint – is important. As our goal is to make the worlds most effective and environmentally friendly vehicle!

What we are doing to reduce the footprint
What we are doing to reduce the footprint

Learn what we are doing when reducing the carbon footprint of Frikar ebike:

The materials for Frikar are selected with recycling in mind. Primary structural components are made of sea-water resistant aluminium. It protects itself from corrosion. That means we do not need surface coating and paint to protect the chassis. So, we have dropped the paint shop with all its emissions and high energy consumption. We use blind rivets and structural adhesive to bond the chassis parts together, eliminating all welding! That saves even more energy. Only bolts and a few other safety-related parts, like the roll-over protection, are made of stainless steel.

The body and canopy are made of UV stabilized thermoplastic. For volume production, we will make the body panels from fiber-reinforced thermoplastic. That is the same material as used in lightweight but extremely strong suitcases. The bike base plate is an aluminium sandwich as used in some racing cars and is light and stiff. The clear canopy is a single piece of polycarbonate attached to the two doors, and everything is lifted up and backwards.

What you should think about!

We believe our fans and customers care about the environment. That you are informed about the sources of energy used to recharge the battery. Important for those who live in a region where the sources of electricity are varied (i.e. renewable and non-renewable).

If possible, buy electrical energy generated from renewable sources. You can double the risk of damages! (Imposed on human health, ecosystem and reduce the availability of resources.) This can lead to the growth of demands on clean energy which is good for the environment and human health.

Learn more about your carbon footprint here!

Even more plans on reducing the footprint of our ebike Frikar

Aluminum Components: Have the greatest level of environmental and human health damages in total. Recycled aluminium needs only about 5% of the energy required to fabricate new aluminium. We  are considering using aluminium that contains at least 75% of post-consumer scrap. This aluminium type causes much less environmental and human health damage.

The battery: The modules have the second-highest contribution to the lifecycle impact. In the future we will develop a specific battery pack for Frikar. It will eliminate the need for battery replacement. Causing less environmental and human health impacts.

Most of the impacts stemming from the battery can be mitigated. By reusing the battery modules and recover the materials from the battery. Depending on the available technology and developed recycling processes. 50-80% of the lithium-ion battery can be recycled. On our to do list: A battery designed for recycling through close cooperation with companies and organisations focusing on batteries environmental impact and their end-of-life.

Waste treatment scenario: The end of life treatment stage of the Frikar ebike is a crucial part of the asset’s lifecycle. Our product is made of recyclable materials: Such as the thermoplastic canopy, body parts, aluminium sheet metals, etc. It is important to have close cooperation and with the companies specialized in recycling. We will develop procedures for each region in order to minimize waste. 

Designs and Engineering: The vehicle is designed from the bottom up to be repairable. Only exceptions are due to safety requirements (battery and motor controllers). Full repair documentation will become available for repair shops and DIY.

When repair is no longer an option: The various parts are made to increase recyclability, with markings describing how to recycle the materials used, and further instructions if any special care is needed (gas springs, batteries, etc). The optimisation for recycling is a continuous and integrated part of our product development and improvement program.

Logistics: We are considering the various shipping options, not only based on cost but also on the environmental impact. We will always try to make and transport parts and vehicles in a way that gives least environmental burden. If possible, we will  manufacture near to market rather than afar.

Continuous monitoring of the environmental performance of Podbike AS’s assets: 
We want to assess the environmental and human health footprint of our operation and products. To help us with that, our project manager has developed an ‘Environmental and Human Health Footprints Performance Improvement Assessment Mind Map’. We will use this map to assess the environmental impact of various factors and help us focus on how to continuously reduce all the negative impacts and optimise on our positive impacts.

Environmental and Human Health Footprints Performance Improvement Assessment Mind Map

Credit: Mohammadreza Mashayekh, Project Manager Podbike AS. Master Thesis 2020. Investigating the environmental and human health impacts, caused by the use of various modes of personal transport including Podbike velomobiles.

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Want to learn more about Frikar? See this feedback from one of our test pilots.