The startup Wello invented an innovative e-cargo bike. The company from the French overseas territory of La Réunion has elected Atlantic France to lead its commercial development on the European continent.
“The best way to predict your future is to create it“, said Abraham Lincoln. This motto inspired Arnaud Chéreau, an aeronautical engineer from the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, and he decided to invent the vehicle he was dreaming of.
The Wello is a tricycle with a roof and electric assist. It can be solar-powered, allowing the projected range per charge to be increased from 60 to 100 km. Versatile, it can be used to transport passengers (1 adult or 2 children) or a weight of up to 80 kg. Easy to drive, the vehicle can lean in bends thanks to a patented system, offers an electric reverse gear and provides a lot of data thanks to over 15 sensors.
Installation in Le Mans and €2 million fundraising
The company was created in La Réunion in 2015 and has recently opened a subsidiary in Le Mans, Atlantic France. The city famous for its 24-hour race is a land of innovation in the field of sustainable transportation and is an ideal launch base for the commercial development on the European continent. With these new premises, Wello was also able to triple its production.
The stars of the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, the startup’s innovative bikes are already being used by major public and private French organisations such as La Poste (postal service), EDF (electric utility company) and the greater Le Mans authority. In order to accelerate its development, Wello raised €2 million in November and is now aiming to become one of the top 3 leaders in Europe for e-cargo bikes.