Estonian and Norwegian startup awarded with Green ICT grant:
Innovating ebike shall clean dirty cars in city
December 2020 – This is the ebike to clean dirty cars across cities in Europe. The clean-up teams in UpSteamhave 500 cars to visit and wash while parked. And instead of going by car – the teams will cycle by the CityQ customized “car-wash cargo bike”.
“UpSteam is a green clean tech company, so replacing our own car traffic with cycling makes sense. And withCityQ we can bring all our equipment by ebike – and not having to worry about traffic, parking or car free areas. It is efficient, sustainable and innovating – aligned with our UpSteam mission,” says Martin Kristerson in UpSteam.
UpSteam has already tested its mobile car wash operation in the Baltics, the Nordics and Poland. The plan is tobecome a Pan-European clean tech company.
The UpSteam start-up has ordered 10 customized CityQ ebikes. The project started this autumn, and the firstCityQ cargo ebike will be delivered early 2021. The project has been awarded a Norwegian – Estonia grant – ICT Green. Following the initial order, the parties intend to partner to offer CityQ for rent and lease.CityQ is a new type of ebike – a high tech, weather protected ebike. A bike looking somewhat like a car, and with downsized car technologies and capabilities.
“In order to replace car traffic with cycling, cities need this type of innovation. Only 30% of us cycle in bad weather. CityQ makes cycling more convenient. And similar to electric cars we replace mechanics with software and connectivity. As with a Tesla car or your smart phone, CityQ can be repaired, updated and added newfunctionalities via the web - by automatic software updates and new App versions,” according to founder of CityQ, Morten Rynning.
CityQ is looking to downsize car technology and capability into a 4 wheels ebike - a super light and small
computer on wheels; managed by edge and power for a MaaS cloud infrastructure.
Smart micro mobility will change urban transport in the next 10 years. The e-mobility market is fueled by all cities to reduce car traffic - and all transport to become green EV's with increased focus on
connectivity and integrated towards cloud services.
The market is expected to reach USD 500 billion by 2025 https://prn.to/2JNKPue.
This viewed is shared by leading experts such as McKinsey, Roland Berger, Novazure and Y-mobility.
CityQ is an electric bicycle with doors and full weather protection, and with a cargo bed for luggage and rear seats for 2 children. An ebike but without mechanical chain or gears. CityQ is the new ebike with car capabilities, making the shift from car to bicycling easier.
CityQ intro video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6K22rE2HUA&
For more info: Martin Kristerson, CEO and co-founder UpSteam, M: (+372) 5819 4623, martin@UpSteam.ee
Morten Rynning, CEO and co-founder, M: (+47) 90020538, firstname.lastname@example.org
CityQ: www.cityq.biz and Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/company/cityq
About Green ICT
The Green ICT Program in Estonia is a business development program aiming to increase value creation and sustainable growth in the Estonian business sector. The Program is part of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. CityQ is a Scandinavian start up, developing the Car-eBike since early 2017. Weather protected ebike with 4 wheels and car
alike capabilities and technology. CityQ has made 4 units in 2 generations, and will be launched to market in 2021. Customers have already started preordering via City.com.