Three Reasons to Get Excited about Throttle-Assist E-Bikes

Updated June 9, 2023

Veo has successfully deployed the North American micromobility industry’s first shared class 2 e-bike with throttle-assist: the Cosmo-e.

What’s the difference between class 1 and class 2 e-bikes? Class 1 e-bikes have a motor that engages while pedaling. Most e-bikes offered in shared micromobility fleets today are class 1 e-bikes. Class 2 e-bikes have a motor that engages when a rider holds down a throttle that moves the bike forward even when the rider is not pedaling.

Here’s why we’re excited about bringing class 2 e-bike to cities and universities:

📈 Greater demand: Veo’s Cosmo-e throttle-assist e-bike receives four times as many rides per day as our electric pedal-assist bikes. When a vehicle is in greater demand, more people will ride and cities can reach their clean transportation goals faster.

🙋‍♀️ Access for more riders: In the same way that pedal-assist e-bikes made biking more accessible and more popular for people of varying ages and abilities, the throttle-assist takes it to the next level by opening up bicycles to an even greater segment of the population. The throttle allows riders to get where they need to go if they are unable to pedal, need support traveling up hills, or want a boost to get up to speed from a stopped position.

A safe addition to city fleets: Unlike privately owned e-bikes, the Cosmo-e has a maximum speed of 15mph and responds to local geofenced regulations for slow and no-ride zones. The Cosmo-e has a low seat and center of gravity making it easier for riders of varying body types and physical abilities to maintain balance and control.

The Cosmo-e is currently available in:

  • • Birmingham, Alabama
  • • The University of Alabama
  • • Los Angeles, California
  • • Santa Monica, California
  • • The cities of Urbana and Champaign, Illinois
  • • University of Maryland – College Park, Maryland
  • • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • • Rochester, New York (coming soon!)
  • • Syracuse, New York
  • • Arlington, Virginia
  • • Charlottesville, Virginia / University of Virginia
  • • Seattle, Washington
  • • Washington, D.C.

At Veo, we design and manufacture our vehicles completely in-house, allowing us to continuously innovate and deploy new vehicles like the Cosmo-e at a rapid pace. If you are interested in bringing the Cosmo-e to your city, contact us.