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By providing an all-new electric mountain bike, 300-watt Bafang mid-drive motor kit, and 13 Ah lithium-ion battery to a skilled team in each of their operational regions, EVolocity and MeloYelo aim to inspire innovation. and entrepreneurship. mind.
Qualified teams will not only be required to modernize their bikes with Bafang motor kits, they will also be responsible for adding an innovation of their own creation and ultimately preparing a sales pitch for their bike and a new original design element, for sell the bikes at auction. EVolocity will support students through a series of online workshops with a range of professionals including Eva Hakansson, electric motorcycle rider, engineer and record breaker.
“Kiwis are renowned for their innovative and original thinking,” says Rob McEwen, director of MeloYelo and founder of Evolocity. “Through the EVolocity Innovation Lab, we give high school students the opportunity to design and create a product that can be added to an electric bicycle, and which increases the value of the bicycle.
EVolocity has long believed that young people are among our best innovators. That’s why they bring high school students together around the concept of designing and building electric vehicles from scratch, which they then compete against at regional and national events. The new EVolocity innovation lab will take this ingenuity to the next level by encouraging students to conceptualize and design original features that will enhance the value of real-life e-bike riding experiences.
EVolocity was founded on three key principles. Introducing young people to the joys of innovation and engineering, and addressing New Zealand’s national skills shortage in this area. Foster a new generation of drivers comfortable with electric vehicle technology, while raising awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles. And finally, offer young people a practical way to engage in sustainability and have a positive impact on climate change.
“EVolocity aims to develop future generations of innovators and the Innovation Lab provides a real platform for our young people to use their creativity to transform a concept into a marketable product. Says CEO Sarah Fitzgerald. “This program promotes entrepreneurship and teamwork while recognizing and celebrating success.”
Entries close on June 22, after which teams will have six months to develop and transform their bikes into a finished product. The bikes will then be auctioned off, with the proceeds from the auction split between EVolocity and the winning teams.
Open to all schools in Evolocity operating regions, including those already enrolled in Evolocity’s flagship electric vehicle construction program, this initiative is an exciting addition to a remarkable offering for high schools. To learn more about the Evolocity Innovation Lab, visit their website
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