Researchers from Bellnix Co Ltd in Japan and Saitama University invented recharging electric bikes that power up wirelessly at docking stations that are unmanned. The sustainable transportation uses wireless power transmission technology in conjunction with a receiver coil attached to the front wheel's side rather than a detachable battery pack. The recharging electric bikes take 5.5 hours to reach a full charge. Capable of driving 55km, the bikes only need to be placed on a parking device.
This technology could enable widespread rental bicycles by streamlining expansion and making maintenance more efficient in Japan and China. Unmanned docking stations throughout cities would allow the bikes to be rented and returned similar to their non-electric bicycle counterparts. This could also help popularize e-bikes in North America and Europe.