Finally, city dwellers will be able to do without a car! How? Thanks to K-Ryole, which lets cyclists carry up to 250 kg (goods, equipment or people) without even noticing. Compatible with all types of bicycle, including electric bikes, this self-propelled electric trailer uses an algorithm to support and anticipate the cyclist’s reactions, ensuring that there is no strain between the bike and the trailer at any time and regardless of the circumstances (speed, gradient, weight, etc.). K-Ryole is designed to solve the problem of the “last mile” in cities by encouraging both the professional and the private use of bikes.
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In addition to the two founders, Nicolas and Gilles, both Supélec engineering graduates and responsible for business development, the team has six engineers.
4 questions to K-Ryole
Where did you get the idea for this startup?
In 2014, we were preparing for a "zero-carbon" road trip across the American continent. It soon became clear that a bike was the ideal solution, and we wondered how we could carry our things without tiring ourselves out on the steep slopes of the Andes. The answer seemed obvious: a self-propelled electric trailer! When we realised that no such trailer existed, we were very disappointed! So we changed our plans and put the road trip on the back burner to develop K-Ryole.
Any recent good news?
We were finalists for the EDF Pulse Award! That kind of news is a real boost for the trajectory of a young company. We've also just agreed a trial with the supermarket chain, Intermarché. Starting in October, outlets in the city of Lyon will use K-Ryole for their home deliveries. The aim is to prove that nowadays it is possible to offer this service while respecting the environment and freeing city centres from the disturbance caused by vehicles.
What is the most unexpected thing that your startup has made you do?
Demonstrating K-Ryole on the century-old parquet floor of the main reception room of Paris City Hall, under the watchful eye of the mayor, Anne Hidalgo! The fact that various City departments took a keen interest in what they saw and should be trialling it soon was the cherry on the cake.
In what way does your project revolutionise your category?
K-Ryole is a ground-breaking technological innovation that shall help to reduce congestion and nuisances in cities in the future. Numerous solutions have emerged in recent years but private vehicles still remain essential in cities for people who need to carry children or large loads. K-Ryole offers a way around this problem by enabling users to tow up to 250 kilos behind any type of bike. It has a very broad target customer base and has high potential for development, both among companies and the general public. We are thus paving the way towards a breathable, less noisy and less congested city while also promoting an active mode of transport that is beneficial for the user's health. K-Ryole also contributes to social inclusion for people with reduced mobility as they can be taken by their relatives or carers on a bike ride around the city , at no extra effort. K-Ryole thereby allows greater freedom of movement and access to leisure activities for everyone. Lastly, it contributes to a reduction in the consumption of raw materials: nowadays, a car that weighs one tonne when empty rarely carries more than 300 kilos around the city, whereas a K-Ryole weighs 50 kilos when empty and offers the same transport capacity, without consuming fossil fuels.