CrownCruiser’s Rapture eBike is designed to encourage more people to adopt green transport and recently secured £139,000 in funding from Innovate UK.
Built with a lightweight and durable carbon-fibre monocoque in place of the traditional double-diamond bike frame, the Rapture has been engineered by the UK-based start-up in conjunction with a specialist in high tech engineering, PES Performance.
The Innovate UK grant will enable CrownCruiser Motors to set up an operations and assembly centre in Sheffield, working in partnership with Sheffield City Region to build, promote and sell the Rapture.
CrownCruiser Motors has designed Swap-and-Go battery stations to be located around cities so that Rapture users can switch a depleted battery for a fully-charged power unit in 12 seconds. This innovative infrastructure will make eBike usage more accessible and agile for commuting, exercise and leisure.
Founder of CrownCruiser Motors and brainchild of the Rapture, Adebola Adeleye, said: “This moment is many years in the making, driven by a deep passion to develop an eBike that would revolutionise sustainable transport. With the Rapture, we will bring a design and quality of materials that has never before been produced at such an attainable and affordable pricepoint.
“To achieve that, we are harnessing some of the UK’s best design and engineering expertise to bring the Rapture vision to life. With the help of Innovate UK’s funding, we are on track to make this vision a reality.”
Innovate UK Executive Chair, Dr Ian Campbell, said: “In these difficult times we have seen the best of British business innovation. The pandemic is not just a health emergency but one that impacts society and the economy. CrownCruiser, along with every initiative Innovate UK has supported by this fund is an important step forward in driving sustainable economic development. Each one is also helping to realise the ambitions of hard-working people.”