Technological innovations offer a Swiss solution to modern traffic problems in the form of a powerful e-bike capable of long-distance, high-speed urban commuting with full connectivity modelled on global brands such as Tesla.
Switzerland may not feature on lists of the world’s leading carmakers, but it is home to the manufacturer of a state-of-the-art form of commuter transport. Stromer battery-powered e-bikes, made in the small village of Oberwangen near Bern, are capable of travelling distances of as much as 180 kilometres at speeds of up to 45 kilometres per hour. Last year more than 10,000 bikes were sold – almost 70 per cent outside Switzerland.
The Stromer e-bike was developed by Thomas ‘Thömu’ Binggeli, a cycling enthusiast. In a farmhouse south of Bern where he started a business repairing bikes, he was not impressed with the battery-powered e-bikes on the market, which were not very fast and quite ugly. So in 2009, he launched an e-bike that was faster and more elegant, inspired by new technologies and global brands such as Tesla and Apple.