Variable and electrically assisted, the Bio Hybrid is available in Cargo and Passenger versions.
Variable and electrically assisted, the Bio Hybrid is available in Cargo and Passenger versions.
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Mobility Concept Bio-Hybrid bridging the gap between bicycle and car

Editor: Florian Richert

The Bio-Hybrid mobility solution from Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid GmbH opens a new chapter in intelligent vehicle concepts. Launching series production at the end of 2020, the solution has been awarded the Red Dot Award.

The Bio-Hybrid mobility solution impressed in the "Design Concept" category of the Red Dot Award. Judges highlighted the design and appearance as individual and design-oriented locomotion in an urban environment. Of the approximately 4,200 entries from 48 countries, about 250 received an award.

In the category "Communication Design", the Schaeffler spin-off received the second award. The award will be presented at the beginning of November in Berlin and honors the company's corporate design, which creates identity.

"The Bio-Hybrid stands for a new form of locomotion and closes the mobility gap between bicycle and car," adds Gerald Vollnhals, Managing Director of Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid GmbH.


Schaeffler Bio-Hybrid GmbH, a member of the Schaeffler Group, developed the near-series Bio-Hybrid in 2016 as a vision for individual transport in urban areas. Based on the study presented in 2016, the Schaeffler start-up further developed the bio-hybrid. In addition to the drive, the operating concept and design were also revised.

Bio-Hybrid is free of driving licenses and permits

Available in two versions: Cargo and Passenger. With its four wheels, the concept offers good driving stability. The roof and windscreen make it weatherproof, making it suitable for all seasons. It is slightly wider than a normal bicycle and should also be allowed to ride emission-free on cycle paths. The Bio-Hybrid manages with one-third of the parking space of a small car and is free of driving license and registration in most countries. Like a pedelec, the electric drive supports the moving person up to a speed of 25 km/h at 250 to 750 watts rated power - depending on the national legal requirements.

Modular design of the Passenger

In the Passenger version, two people can be seated one behind the other. The Cargo variant serves as a variable solution for the emission-free transport of goods. This modular design allows the bio-hybrid to be used for many purposes, such as a refrigerated vehicle, coffee shop or closed storage space. In terms of load volume and payload, cargo for urban transport is intended to be an alternative in the future mobility mix.

The iPhone in the pedelec sector

Equipped with Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and 4G, the Bio-Hybrid is the ideal solution for your mobile network. A smart operating concept is designed to ensure a high level of safety and simple control. "Smartphone and Smartwatch are integrated into the concept - in future, extended functions and intelligent features will be controlled via a separate bio-hybrid app, making life easier for the driver. Our vision is to bring the iPhone onto the market as a pedelec," explains Prof. Tim Hosenfeldt, Head of Central Innovation at Schaeffler, where the bio-hybrid originated.

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