In war, anything that gives an advantage can be used.
Eleek, a Ukrainian e-bike manufacturer, has revealed that the country’s military is using electric bicycles to conduct reconnaissance, demining and medical transportation missions. The cars are even used for sniper attacks.
When the Russia-Ukraine war broke out, the company donated a number of vehicles to the government, before commencing mass production of military green electric bicycles, powered by lithium-ion batteries.
These vehicles have a top speed of 55 mph and make no noise, helping the user to avoid detection by the enemy. The military version is also omitted many unnecessary parts when operating in the forest such as mirrors or flashlights.
Roman Kulchytskyi, manager at Eleek company, said that the car has legroom for occupants, improved charging time, installed battery control system and can generate 220V current allowing users to charge devices. electronic devices and run the Starlink satellite Internet gateway.
The cars are equipped with fat tires, suitable for mountainous terrain. They weigh about 63kg, which is relatively light compared to conventional motorcycles, but capable of heavy loads.
Not only that, Kulchytskyi said, these cars are also difficult to detect by thermal imaging systems because electric motors are not as hot as internal combustion engines.
Daniel Tonkopi, founder of the California-based e-bike company Delfast, said the company has been sponsoring two-wheeled electric vehicles for the Ukrainian military since the war began.
A Delfast spokesman said that the “main aim” of electric vehicles is to reduce carbon emissions and become a sustainable means of transport. The company is donating 5% of its total revenue to humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine.
The Eastern European country at war with Russia is not the only one experimenting with electric bicycles.
The New Zealand Air Force is also using locally produced UBCO electric vehicles for reconnaissance and surveillance missions. Sergeant Jim Reilly said two-wheeled electric vehicles make patrolling easier than noisy motorbikes or 4×4 jeeps.
Meanwhile, the Australian military is also sponsoring a project to test e-bikes in combat. In Norway, electric vehicles have been tested by border guards and border patrols with Russia.
Rolf K.Ytterstad, a spokesman for the Norwegian military, said that although the project is on hold for maintenance and overall cost reasons, the experience with the e-bike has been “very good”. .
Vinh Ngo (According to Washington Post)