College of Engineering
Electrical Engineering Department
BS in Electrical Engineering
With an increasing demand for environmentally friendly transportation options, the bike market is larger than ever. According to bikeleague.org, from 2005 to 2013, the number of commuters using bikes has grown by 62%, and continues to rise. Regardless, commute time remains a barrier for many prospective users. Traditional bikes are useful in scenarios where the user only needs to travel a short distance. Electric bikes allow individuals to travel to farther destinations quicker, and with less effort. However, most electric bikes are rather expensive, typically ranging in price from one thousand to ten thousand dollars. Additionally, because the bike, motor, and battery typically are combined into a single product, there are fewer customization options than desired.
The CP eWheel will tackle both of these issues by simply attaching to virtually any existing bike, at a price point similar to that of a lower end electric bike. The wheel shall be marketed as a single unit, with all of the vital components stored in the hub of the rear wheel. This includes components such as the motor, sensors, and battery. The CP eWheel will also feature a smartphone app that will allow users to control the eWheel and receive feedback from it. While this product will offer a convenient solution for those who already own a bike and simply want an upgrade, there are many other applications for this eWheel. For example, it will be possible to adapt this technology to a skateboard, and the user will only need to replace the wheels, instead of buying an entirely new board. The possibilities for this product are nearly endless, and it offers a convenient solution for anyone who rides a bike on a daily basis.
Available for download on Tuesday, June 11, 2024