Smart pedaling with Vanmoof
Who better than an Amsterdam start-up gone global to create the smartest and most desirable electric bike?
Founded nearly seven years ago by brothers Taco and Ties Carlier, Vanmoof –
‘van’ because it sounds Dutch, ‘moof’ as a funky abbreviation of ‘movement’ –
set out to redesign the typical commuter bike into a sleeker and smarter
incarnation, with a nimbler frame, hole-proof tires and inbuilt LEDs from Dutch
lighting pioneer Philips. Their first electric two-wheeler – released in 2014
and touted as ‘the world’s first intelligent bike’ – anticipated the declining
sales in regular bikes and the growth of their e-powered counterparts. Sure,
the price tag’s hefty, but the electric bike’s GPS tracker – soon to be also be
installed on Vanmoof’s regular bikes – makes it nearly impossible to lose,
either to a thief or a forgetful mind. With Amsterdam likely to soon ban
scooters from bike lanes, it looks like Vanmoof managed to tap into the
eco-conscious commuter’s secret dreams of a bit of extra power in the long morning
ride to the office or at the end of a hard day’s work.