Electric Mobility and Environmental Preservation
Electric mobility is often associated with efforts to preserve the environment as companies encourage users to transition from internal-combustion vehicles to zero-emissions solutions. In the e-bike scene, manufacturers are utilizing interesting techniques and materials, such as composites and alloys.
One example is the new Miloo Xplorer Beast, a powerful electric mountain bike designed for maximum performance on and off-road. While the bike is typically made with a carbon fiber frame, the Swiss company has collaborated with Nespresso to create a version of the Xplorer made from recycled Nespresso capsules. Although Nespresso capsules are not environmentally friendly due to the waste they generate, the partnership between Nespresso and Miloo offers a small solution to this problem. Nespresso's pods are made of aluminum, and as part of the collaboration, Nespresso will provide recycled aluminum to Miloo for constructing frames and rims. Other recycled materials, such as rubber, are used for components like tires, saddles, and hand grips. The bikes' paint and packaging also incorporate recycled materials.
Anna Bory, co-founder of Miloo bikes, expressed the company's goal of developing more environmentally friendly vehicles that can replace cars. Miloo aims to challenge the soft mobility industry to create credible and eco-friendly alternatives. Nespresso was the preferred partner for this challenge.
Nespresso currently operates a large recycling facility with over 3,700 collection points in Switzerland. Through its Recycling at Home program, Nespresso collaborates with the Swiss Post to collect used pods from users' homes and deliver them to the recycling facility. Nespresso's collaboration with Miloo and its pod recycling initiatives aim to improve the image of coffee capsules in Switzerland. The company claims to recycle approximately 72% of all used Nespresso pods through its collection points.
The Miloo Xplorer Beast is equipped with reliable technology from trusted suppliers. It features a powerful motor developed in partnership with Bafang, offering a power output of 1,000 watts and 160 Nm of torque. The bike has a top speed of 28 miles per hour, but can be limited to 15 miles per hour to comply with European e-bike regulations. The motor uses a torque sensor for natural-feeling pedal assist. The battery utilizes LG 21700 cells for maximum energy density and efficiency. Additional features include a Kindernay geared hub and an optional carbon belt drive from Gates. The bike can also accommodate a dual-battery setup for longer rides.
The carbon-fiber Miloo Xplorer Beast is priced at 10,899 Swiss Francs (approximately $12,600 USD). The pricing for the Xplorer Beast made from recycled Nespresso pods has not been announced yet, but it is expected to be available in spring 2024.