Abandoning a 20-year career in information technology, HENRY CHONG has become an industrial designer. His pride and joy is the LIFEBIKE, a compact, lightweight two-wheeler, designed for city commuting. It weighs 15 kilograms, including the lithium battery, gets up to 30 kilometres on five cents of electricity – and it’s good looking.
HENRY CHONG: “There are currently 150 million electric bikes in use worldwide. But I believe no one has yet created a design best suited for how people live in cities like TORONTO, in small spaces as dictated by condos. The freedom from congestion and costly transportation options can be extremely empowering.”
A graduate of OCADU’s industrial design program, Mr. Chong developed the LIFEbike as his thesis project. He sought the assistance of MaRS Discovery District, a mission-driven innovation centre located in TORONTO. MaRS works with partners to accelerate innovation. Its faith in the LIFEbike seems to be paying off. http://www.revelobikes.com