August 14, 2023

Ride On! #25: Meet the CEO of Waev: Keith Simon, win a Lectric Bike and more!

Julia and James talk with Keith Simon, CEO of Waev and they also discuss mobility news from the week.

By Ride Review Crew

Win a Lectric XP 3.0, comment here and enter the contest here: We announced the Ride Expo in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 20th! Register now for a $10 ticket. Chapters: 00:00 Intro 03:40 More consolidation coming to the world of shared micromobility? 08:46 Trek or Giant to buy Vanmoof? 11:23 How journalists are covering traffic violence against ebike riders 17:15 Mayor of Boston offering free bike lessons for kids 18:30 Vehicle Launches 21:42 Meet Keith Simon from Waev and new GEM line! Show notes: Is more consolidation coming to the world of shared micromobility? Rumor has it that two of Europe’s largest electric scooter and bike operators, Tier and Voi, are exploring the possibility of a merger. https://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/handel-konsumgueter/tier-und-voi-e-scooter-marktfuehrer-spricht-mit-wettbewerber-ueber-fusion/29285566.html Relatedly, industry analyst Augustin Friedel offers a strong testimony that the shared market is still growing rapidly. (NYC, Paris) https://www.linkedin.com/posts/friedel_sharedmobility-micromobility-bikes-activity-7093903247832145920-n67y?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop As part of her effort to make Boston one of the top U.S. cities for raising children, Mayor Michelle Wu is providing free bike lessons for children between the ages of four and thirteen, calling cycling as a “crucial life skill.” 300 students, 15 schools. How much does this cost? https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com/content/2023-07-19-boston-mayor-wu-announces-free-citywide-bike-riding-lessons-for-kids Interesting eBike deals - VanMoof is accepting suitors (Trek, Giant, KKR). James and Micah discuss NYT victim blaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5ItDY0rIb4 Vehicle Launches Kawasaki appears to have begun production on its first two electric motorcycles, the Ninja e-1 and the Z e-1. Last year, the company announced the vehicles’ development, and while it appears that some of the specs for the production bikes will be slightly different than anticipated, Kawasaki is still set to become the first large motorcycle manufacturer in Japan to go electric. https://electrek.co/2023/08/02/kawasaki-says-its-first-electric-motorcycles-are-ready/ Crowdfunding for the new WAU CYBER “Unleash the Beast” 5000W ebike is still live on Indiegogo for one more day. This self-proclaimed “Sur-Ron Killer” has an ultra sleek body and tops out at 55 mph - currently, 23 of the early bird models remain to be claimed. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/wau-cyber-unleash-the-beast-5000w-powerhouse-ebike#/updates/all Aventon is launching the Soltera.2, a new, Class 2 ebike with 46 miles (74km) of range, a removable throttle, and pedal assist, to name a few of its features. Building upon the lightweight aluminum frame of the original Soltera, the new model aims to bring the latest technology at an affordable price. https://www.aventon.com/products/soltera-2-ebike?variant=42472444920003 Lámpago’s new electric trike design is certain to turn heads on your morning commute. The Turkish three-wheeler has two seats, a 25-45 mile (40-72km) range, and a top speed of 28mph (45kph). Did we mention that, because it lacks a roof, it is technically classified as a moped and requires a helmet to drive? https://lampago.co/en We have Keith Simon from Waev on Ride On! https://www.waevinc.com/our-people/keith-simon/#:~:text=Keith%20Simon%20is%20the%20president,GEM%20and%20Taylor%2DDunn%20brands. GEM just revealed their new line of low-speed vehicles (LSVs), which includes four models of varying sizes and cargo capacities, starting at $15,240. The smallest (and cutest) of the group is the e2, which seats two riders and claims a max range of up to 113 miles. The e4 is a step up in size and price ($17,490), fitting up to four passengers and claiming 106 miles of range. Third is the e6, which fits - you guessed it - six passengers, and offers 78 miles of range, for a price tag of $21,240. Lastly, the eL XD is the cargo hauler of the bunch, fitting two passengers and offering 1,250 lbs of towing capacity for $18,740. https://www.gemcar.com/ GEM Go: GEM Launches First-Ever Low-Speed Road Map Tool (fun fact: half of all US roads are under 35 MPH!) (more details coming soon)

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