RS1 Mobil

Conception of a pedelec-based, two-lane, covered mobility solution for cycle expressways (RS1 Mobil)

The merger of car and bicycle offers the potential to revolutionize the short and medium haul traffic in the Ruhr area.

In the project RS1 Mobil, a mobility concept is being developed which will close the mobility gap between bicycle and car by synthesizing them into a "bicycle car". A partial transformation of commuter traffic to relieve road traffic and our environment is possible if the disadvantages of both types of vehicles are eliminated. The "bicycle car" can appeal to commuters in the Ruhr metropolitan and model region and transform their mobility habits into more sustainable and humane mobility.

In terms of climate protection, the associated turnaround in mobility and energy as well as the growing need for alternative inner-city transport solutions, the Ruhr Metropolitan Region offers special opportunities. Due to the constant expansion of the cycle path infrastructure and the cycle expressways, such as the RS1, which is the first cycle expressway in Germany, the demand potential for weather-protected, multi-lane, car-like vehicles based on pedelecs is constantly growing.

A comprehensive analysis of relevant user groups determines the design of the vehicle and its components. In addition, the establishment of a suitable production network and the technical feasibility of the vehicle as well as its production are examined.

The RS1 Mobil project serves to scientifically work out the potential of these mobility solutions "from the Ruhr Area for the Ruhr Area" in order to promote the expansion of the mobility offer in the field of velomobiles and contribute to mobility change.

Project information:

It is a cooperation project of the Institute for Innovation Research and Management of Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, the Institute for Electromobility of Bochum University of Applied Sciences, the Klostermann Group and the Green City Hub GmbH & Co. KG (a company of the AHAG Group), both Gelsenkirchen, from the ruhrvalley network.

ruhrvalley is a network of now more than 70 companies in the energy, mobility and digital economy with seven institutes of Dortmund University of Applied Sciences, Bochum University of Applied Sciences and Westphalian University of Applied Sciences. In a large number of projects, the partners work out new solutions for the digital transformation, energy and mobility turnaround in the Ruhr Area.


Helen Kessel
Phone: +49 (0) 234 915923-52
E-Mail: helen.kessel(at)

Supported by:

Research Programme at Universities of Applied Sciences "FH-Impuls 2016“

Project number: 13FH0I52IA

Duration: November 2019 – October 2020


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