Bicycles outsell cars in Europe
And sales of e-bikes are rising fast in Europe. Annual e-bike sales in Europe could increase from 3.7 million in 2019 to 17 million in 2030, according to Forbes, citing the European Cycling Organization.
CONEBI is lobbying for more support for cycling across Europe, warning that the construction of cycle lanes and other bike-friendly infrastructure is a problem. European cities such as Copenhagen have become famous model cities, with restrictions on where cars can go, dedicated cycle lanes and tax incentives.
As e-bike sales grow, there may be a need to work more closely with companies on regulations to create safer cycling environments, implement bike-sharing schemes and ensure charging points are available when necessary.
Scotsman, a skateboarding team based in Silicon Valley, has unveiled the world's first electric scooter made of 3D-printed Thermo Plastic Carbon fiber Composites.
Carbon fiber composites can be divided into two categories: thermoplastic carbon fiber composites and thermosetting carbon fiber composites. After thermosetting resin is processed and molded, the polymer molecules form insoluble three-dimensional network structure, which gives it good strength, heat resistance and chemical corrosion resistance, but also makes the material brittle, and can not be recycled.
Thermoplastic resin can be melted at a certain temperature after cooling plasticized crystallization molding, has good toughness, processing properties, can be used for rapid processing of more complex products, low cost and a certain degree of recyclability, at the same time it also has the equivalent of 61 times the strength of steel.
According to The Scotsman team, the scooters on the market are almost all of the same size (same make and model), but each user is of a different size, which makes it impossible to fit everyone and the experience compromised. So they decided to create a scooter that could be tailored to the user's body type and height.
It is obviously impossible to achieve customization with traditional mass production of molds, but 3D printing makes it possible.
Post time: Nov-11-2021