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Statement by Jonas Kremer, CEO at citkar.

21 Mar. 2019
Jonas Kremer - CEO und Gründer von citkar
Photo: Jonas Kremer, CEO at citkar

Are you able to give us a quick preview of what you will be showcasing at the micromobility expo, or perhaps the main areas your showcase will be focusing on?

"Like no other show, the micromobility expo is the perfect fit for citkar because, for us, the future that everyone seems to want to talk about is already here, and has been for some time. As road users we seem to be spending most of our time in traffic jams or looking in vain for parking spots. And that’s assuming we actually make it onto the road, and are not subject to some vehicle ban imposed to combat steadily worsening air pollution. These are problems which have been made worse by increasing private vehicle use and which are pushing urban traffic flows to the point of collapse. The way in which we move around our cities must – and will – change, and not in 10 or 20 years’ time, but right now. At citkar, our response to this immense pressure for change has been to develop the Loadster, which we are pleased to be able to exhibit at the micromobility expo. The Loadster is the very first e-cargo bike capable of doing the job of small utility vehicles like the VW Caddy. It offers protection from the weather thanks to its chassis design, plus it is licensed for use on cycle ways. As well as being the world’s first bike of its type to have a chainless motor, it has exceptionally good suspension, which protects both driver and cargo."

What are the current challenges facing the transport sector and micromobility? And what do they mean for your company?

"The changes that need to be made pose major challenges for our society. Acceptance of the need to rethink private transport is not yet as great as it needs to be in order for our society to put in place the necessary infrastructure. We’re still in the early stages of the debate, where we have to convince people of the great benefits of this rethink in transportation while at the same time allaying their fears about a potential loss of individual freedom. We at citkar believe that lasting change can be achieved only through positive examples that inspire and make people want to change. The Loadster is precisely the kind of positive example that’s needed for this kind of ‘open-heart surgery’ on our urban way of life. Thanks to the feedback we’ve received in the course of various live test phases, regular road-test events in Berlin and trade fairs nationwide here in Germany, we have picked up a lot of ideas that have now been incorporated into the final product. We are looking forward to receiving a lot of feedback at the micromobility expo as well. We take the needs and stories of our users very seriously, which is why, for example, we increased the size of the cargo box. We want to do everything we can to give the market the product it needs. Our solution to the technical challenges facing electric mobility has been to develop the world’s first chainless drive and state-of-the-art batteries with a range of 100 to 200 km – for a bike, remember. And, of course, with e-bikes there’s the added challenge that the drives tend to be high-maintenance. Our solution here is to use extremely robust components, such as the kind used in the motorcycle industry. We will also be able to offer a nationwide service network."

Looking now at future-ready mobility solutions, how will/can lightweight vehicles change transport as we know it?

We believe that the solution to our traffic problems lies in a mix of electric lightweight vehicles and proper, robust transport offerings other than private vehicles. Expanding and upgrading local public transport would deliver significant benefits, particularly for those currently relying on cars for private transport, and may be the solution to the daily grind of commuting in our large metropolitan centers. You only need to look at Asia to see what might be possible here in Germany. We could even learn a few lessons from the infrastructure they have in cities like Amsterdam, Oslo and Madrid. On the other hand, our prosperity and consumerism here in Germany has also led to strong growth in commercial traffic. And that is where we at citkar see micromobility as the key. Operators of commercial vehicles face a number of challenges. Increasingly often their vehicles are held up by traffic congestion; they are under constant pressure to invest in new exhaust emission technology; and it is becoming increasingly harder for them to find appropriately licensed and qualified drivers for their vehicles. E-Cargo bikes solve all of these problems in one hit. They're powered by clean, future-ready drive technology; they can get to everywhere they need to go; and they can be driven by virtually anyone. Added to which, they are more cost-effective to purchase and maintain than conventional motor vehicles. And they're fun: so far we have not encountered anyone who isn’t keen to get behind the wheel of our Loadster.