Ukrainian startup Delfast – manufacturers of the 200-mile range Top 3.0 e-bike – have crowdfunded €2.8m to fund a new R&D facility and to streamline production.
Delfast actually started out as an eco-friendly one-hour delivery service in 2014. However, dissatisfied with the range on offer from the e-bikes on the market at the time, they developed their own.
It’s safe to say they did a solid job because they now hold the world record for longest distance travelled on a single charge (228 miles).
The feat was sufficiently eye-catching that the production of e-bikes has since become their main focus.
In October of last year, they launched launch an e-cargo trike for businesses, with a huge 2.2 kWh motor and a 300kg weight limit.
They’ve also been supplying police forces with the 5000W Top Cop e-bike, which has its speed capped at 50mph and which can match most cars for acceleration.
eu-startups.com reports that in November 2020, Delfast launched its crowdfunding campaign.
They hit their €2.4m target pretty easily and are well on their way to €3m.
As well as the new R&D centre, the money raised will also go towards increasing production and accelerating delivery for US and EU customers.
There are also plans to add Premium, a high-speed model, to the Delfast range.
“We are delighted to raise such a record amount in three months,” said co-founder and CEO, Daniel Tonkopiy. “This funding will take us one step closer to our goal to build an industry-leading e-bike manufacture and support a climate-safe transportation community around the globe.”