The Free Electric Bike is an innovative bike that is capable of letting users produce electricity by pedaling along. It is the brainchild of Billions in Change, an organization setup with the aim of coming up with innovative inventions to tackle problems in the areas of water availability, healthcare services and energy.
The bike is comprised of regular bicycle parts, weights, an alternator and a battery. The simplicity of the components means that the contraption can be easily repaired by a bicycle mechanic anywhere in the world. The gear is connected to a flywheel which turns a generator, which charges the battery.
The Free Electric is capable of generating enough electricity to run a home for 24 hours with basic appliances. The simplicity of this invention is its stand-out feature, and it may well go on to change the lives of many deprived people in the developing world.
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