Sondors THIN reached 50 percent of the funding target on Indiegogo within two hours
Last year, it was the second most successful crowdfunding on Indiegogo. The electric bike from Storm Sondors. But why? The main reason is the very low price. The second version, Sondors THIN, costs only US$499. It is a fraction of other purchasable ebikes and probably the most affordable way to cycle with an electric motor up to now.
The second crowdfunding on Indiegogo started yesterday. After two hours 50 percent of the funding target has been reached. A few hours later it exceeded the threshold of 100 percent. The incentive to spend money is a new Sondors THIN.
Crowdfunding on Kickstarter (left), first crowdfunding on Indiegogo (middle), and second crowdfunding on Indiegogo (right)
Storm Sondors shakes up the market for electric bicycles with its first edition Sondors and second edition Sondors THIN. The follower features a 350-watt electric motor propelling the bike up to 20 miles or between 30 and 50 if you cycle with pedal assistance. The motor is powered by a very thin single-cell battery from Panasonic (36V battery with 8.7Ah), proven technology in the Tesla Model S.
The bike is very light because of the 100 percent aluminium framework. A nylon belt instead of a common bicycle chain is provided for further US$150. Shipping starts in May 2016 for Canada and USA. In Europe, the bike costs US$664. Shipping starts in June 2016. The European version is only equipped with a 250-watt electric motor because of legal regulations.
Maybe Storm Sondors bicycle stimulates the electric bicycle market in the whole world. Together with high-speed cycle tracks, protected bike lanes and further incentives more commuters in the US and other countries and regions in the world choose their bike for the daily duty stroke. The more incentives to choose the bike, the less traffic noises and emissions in urban agglomerations.