Chinese solar manufacturer Jangsu Snail Zhixing Technology had the distinction of exhibiting the only solar powered e-scooter at Eurobike 2023, amid a vast array of scooter variations on display.
The company’s presence at this year’s trade show, with its Sunail S80 scooter, coincides with its push into the European market.
Australian John Bauce was among the Jiangsu team at the event and says its expansion into Europe is just the first step in a strategy to take Sunail scooters to the world.
John said the company is also looking to partner with one or two distributors in Australia.
The scooters, which will sell under the brand Agao in Europe and the US, have a solar panel attached to bar and takes around seven to 14 hours of sunlight to fully charge the 468kW battery.
From full charge, the S80 has a range of around 35km.
Jiangsu, which has been producing solar panels in China for decades, has revealed the S80 is expected to retail in the US for $1,400 (A$2,113).
Mega Fumpa Pump
Melbourne’s Fumpa Pumps has revealed an industrial-sized ‘Mega’ prototype version of its pint-sized reciprocating air compressors.
The company’s founder, mechanical engineer Byron Walmsley, returned to Eurobike for the
first time since 2019 to display his Fumpa Mega, which he says is designed for bike stores,
inflating car and motorcycle tyres and other commercial applications.
Byron released the original Fumpa in 2017 as a palm-sized alternative to a track pump.
Then came lighter and more compact Mini and Nano versions, for cyclists to take with them
“They’ve been particularly popular with triathletes and people using them for wheelchair
He says the Mega will inflate about 40 bike tyres between each charge, taking around 20
seconds per tyre, and enables users to dial in a preferred pressure.
He is taking orders for the first batch of 100 Megas, which he hopes to release late this year or early next year.
Fumpa sources parts from Spain, China and Taiwan and assembles them at the company’s
headquarters in Notting Hill.
Byron says Fumpa is now selling in the US, using fulfillment centres rather than conventional distribution channels.