Introduction to Unibike

Introduction to Unibike

22 November 2016 15745

An interview with the Chief designer of the rolling stock Department Andrey Zaytsev that was recorded at the SkyWay display stand during the XX International transport trade fair InnoTrans 2016.

The central subject of the video is the unibike ― a vehicle, which will be one of the first arranged on string rails for running tests of the SkyWay rolling stock scheduled for the end of November. This sample of the innovative transport technology has attracted the most interest during the trade fair InnoTrans 2016 in Berlin intriguing both ordinary visitors and members of official delegations from various countries, as well as representatives of the largest transport corporations.

Unibike is a vehicle of small capacity. The primary scope of its application are recreational and restricted areas, entertainment facilities and local transport lines. With the development of technology and infrastructure, unibike can be used as a fully-featured urban transport taking an intermediate position between personal and public transport.

The motion of unibike is performed by means of an electric traction drive. Electric traction drive motors are combined with wheels in a common unit ― a motor-wheel that allows to exclude the transmission components (reducing gearboxes) and to reduce respectively the size, weight and cost of the drive. In combination with exceptional aerodynamic features (Cx of a unibike in the current version of design is equal to 0.07, which is much better than that of modern sports cars) the system allows to reach speed of up to 150 km/h with the consumption of energy in fuel equivalent equal to 2.2 liters per 100 kilometers.

Additional energy savings can be achieved by equipping the vehicle with a cycle generator transforming muscle force into electricity and returning it to the system. In this case, a unibike can reach 60 km/h speed using only the muscular strength of the passenger.

The cabin is equipped with systems of ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, audio- and video-information for passengers. The onboard unibike control system is fully automated.

The capacity of the vehicle in its current design is two people, however this parameter may vary depending on the customer’s requirements. In addition, there is the possibility of individual equipping of the vehicle allowing to optimize it for specific conditions of operation based on the characteristics of the location, tasks and preferences of the consumer.

Basic features of unibike:

  • Weight ― 500 kg
  • Fully-loaded weight ― 650 kg (with passengers)
  • Maximum speed ― 150 km/h
  • Performance of the transport system arranged with unibikes ― up to 10,000 passengers/h


Viacheslav Evtukh