In crowdfunding land, another e-Bike is attracting plenty of backing and looks like the real deal.
The WAU smart e-bike has so far attracted $94,413 USD at time of writing on popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo, smashing its original $50,000 target designed to get the bike into production, with 14 days still to go.
Contributors can either choose to donate a small amount to help see the range of three WAU e-bikes go into production, or indeed join the list for a discounted machine or two (with discounts ranging from 65-67%).
The WAU range is made up of the standard 250w pedelec limited to 25km/h, with a City version including a WAU security system sitting alongside it, and an ‘S’ speed pedelec version boasting a 500w motor limited to 32km/h. All come with a 6061-alloy frame.
The security system features 24/7 GPS tracking, can send notifications to you if it moves outside of a pre-set radius, and an alarm as well as a one-click locking mechanism. There are also integrated front and rear lights with the latter also doubling as brake and indicator lights, plus a high-capacity battery (up to 67km in the standard model, and 100km in the Wau City and WAU S).
Other optional features include a front and seat suspension for comfort, a smart display with additional functionality, adjustable handlebar height as well as a cool-looking ‘Founders’ blue-pink paint job.
Obvious typo aside when it comes to the supplied tyres – it’s Panaracer, not Panasonic, folks! – this looks like a bright prospect for the future. We’ll keep our eyes on this one.