The Mando Footloose Drivetrain Relies on the Rider's Pedal Power

 - May 14, 2015
References: mandofootloose & gizmag
The Mando Footloose IM is the latest entrant to the increasingly crowded field of electric bicycles. That being said, it still manages to stand out from competitors largely because of its unique drivetrain. Like its predecessor the Footloose, the Footloose IM doesn't have either a chain or a belt drive. Unlike the Footloose however, this e-bike is not foldable.

This e-bike was first unveiled in prototype form at Eurobike 2013, and features a drivetrain wherein the rider's pedaling power is used to charge up the bike's 36-volt 8.2-Ah lithium-ion battery via a crank alternator. The battery also powers a 250-watt rear hub motor.

While the Mando Footloose IM doesn't fold, that's not a bad thing because it actually makes the e-bike lighter, sleeker and shorter.