First of all the design and engineering of the johanson3 series are not a quick stylish design to bring just another pretty image out there. The Neerman family and Johan Neerman have been involved for more than 45 years in mobility issues and transportation with numerous innovation as solid references in the field of urban mobility issues: www.neermantransport.com
Every single vehicle on that website took 3 to 5 years to design and engineer with a team of 20 to 25 people materializing about 2000 to 3000 drawings per vehicle at times were computers did not exist yet. Since the early seventies we have been involved in bringing transport solutions and alternatives to cars for urban areas. If most cases these systems brought a real identity to major cities but we have also seen smaller cities trying to impose such solutions to their network which in my opinion is far too expensive for the tax payers. A well negotiated coach will go for 1 to 2 million USD which is rather cheap but the infrastructure will cost that per linear meter of track without integrating tunnels, bridges, electrification etc. In order to bring a positive balance sheet after 25 years you need to have a network exceeding 15 to 20 miles which in most cases is difficult to reach if you have a city with less than 250.000 people. Most systems were put in place will never be profitable and just lose money. Cities involved with transport systems have a real hard time to make profits and when it comes to bike services the business model is not a better solution.
All of this is for us common knowledge and we know far too well the thinking process behind decision makers and city challenges. You do not handle the mobility issue the same way in city like Hong Kong, New York, Paris, London, Brussels, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Lagos, New Delhi, Naples, or any other city that is facing mobility issues. Small islands such as Guernsey in the Channel Islands in the North Sea with high demographics are often very interesting study cases when seen from the sky. They offer valuable information of how city center grow out of their borders through time. How a rural secular live style become a highly praised refuge for wealthy people who invaded the island which had to adapt to an increasing need of infrastructure within a defined limited space. My objective here is not to dig too deep in the matter which is not the subject of this article but just to tell you that in fact it is easier to understand the process of evolution through isolated cases than to try to understand major cities and their evolution through time. Every single city has its particularities and its specificity which is of course linked to its own environment, its own economy, its own values, with its own objectives and challenges. A smaller case study will concentrate our attention to the underlying process through time, the underlying principles of evolution, the colliding of a rural world to an expanding city center etc. How they manage bus fleets to commute in narrow streets to offer a service similar to London in a grid that was designed to move cows and sheep. This may put a smile on your face but it is only a matter of scale. Many of mega cities have reached the same level of anti-systemic systems where the solution is not to keep adding but unloading the donkey. The challenges that mega cities and suburbs need to address seriously. Finding solutions is rather easy but implementing is the most difficult part. For whatever reasons when it comes to mobility you need people with vision and decision. Implementing is easy when you can do it. Disarming and accommodating everyone by finding appropriate solutions is a more complex scenario. Cities are often confronted with lobbying and can’t remove one system without having to face major discontent from the bus authorities or the taxis etc. Consequently they penalize the car user. They take half measures but keep pushing cars out of their city centers without being able to offer real alternatives. And when they decide to adopt one they want to control it; making sure it will not be profitable. Cities are supposed to get us closer, bringing us opportunities, allow us to do shopping easily, and enjoy its main attractions. It seems with time that cities have become more and more inapproachable, less and less readable and instinctive. The traveler has become a hostage into a grid from which it is hard to understand the logic at first glance. There is no one to blame here in particular it a simple equation of extreme interfaces of trying to far more space in an existing grid that can’t simply keep finding more of it. It is obvious that the natural answer is to reverse the process and rediscover our cities with solutions that will slow us down and allow us to rediscover the sense of place and enjoy what it is designed for: attract people not push them away and fine them at every corner. It seems that western civilization has not yet come to realization that our cities will be like Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Djakarta and many other Asian cities. That the future will strangely look like Blade runner and that we should better anticipate the trends than waiting too long to adapt ourselves.
Terrestrial means of transportation need to be reinvented. It is not with your BMW or Mercedes or Cadillac whatever the propulsion technology that it will happen. Cars consume too much space. Small cars are unpractical and expensive. Today it happens with scooters, e-bikes, cargo bikes or cargo e-bikes, folding bikes, etc. What these means of transportation have in common before being unstable two wheelers is that it targets a male audience between 16 and 35 years old. What happens before no one cares and what happen after no one gives a dam. Don’t ask marketing people and the car industry to invest in a market where they might lose the potentiality of selling their extended saloon cars towards emerging markets where status is more important that moving around. Why would a car maker destroy its image by designing and manufacturing the right tools for answering Personal mobility intelligently? The answer is simple: first of all they are not that intelligent; they had enough time to prove it, secondly they are only profit driven with marketing specialists that make projections by looking in the mirror. A marketing study focuses on trying what is similar, what has been done and tried before and that can be related to the subject. How new the product can be and how difficult it will be to educate people to innovation and forward thinking represents a big burden to marketing departments. If it is that difficult to bring new ideas to our society it is simply because we have been brainwashed by a bunch of bozos that are making us believe that the equation of success is static. Be a stupid consumer and stuff yourself with French fries in front of TV. Marketing is responsible for making of its consumers pathetic assholes. In times like the one we are facing now we will have no other alternative then wake up our citizen to new challenges and new horizons or die in the process. The 21th century will be reinvented or not. The only one capable of doing it will be the one who understand the size and amplitude of the phenomenon. It is not only a matter of energy it is an attitude to a faster pace of life towards adaptability and survival. Our world is shrinking at an increasing speed. The gap is closing between urban areas and the country side. Look at Guernsey from the sky and you will understand quickly. It is a simple ratio between a growing city with what is left over of the island.
Can we consider the two wheelers such as folding bikes, cargo bikes, e-bikes, e-scooters, and even motorcycles an answer to personal mobility and a natural answer to a growing need for avoiding traffic jams and have an swift commuting access to cities? I would definitely consider it as an emerging sign of a greener future and a willingness to adapt or impose a better way to relate to urban environments. Hopefully cars will pollute less and disappear from center cities allowing pedestrian to enjoy its diversity.
With this rather long introduction you will most probably understand better why the johanson3 is one step forward to freedom of movement in many ways.
Unlike dangerous two wheelers it is stable platform and can carry up to 3 adults and two kids on its largest version. Unlike many cities that consider biking services as a great option Johanson3 will never consider it as a viable business equation that could be replaced by franchising or leasing when it comes to services. Personal mobility is the way forward for the time being. The Johanson3 is not only focused on a male audience between 16 and 35 years old it integrates kids and mums, dads and seniors male or female. We offer added value not a remake of the past produced by China to impose expensive prices on which everyone takes 30 to 40 % several times before it reaches the consumer. The johanosn3 is an original design with many innovations and a range of products that can be produced under license worldwide but that will be manufactured in the USA. The johanson3 is designed to be produced in Europe or in the USA and exported worldwide. The johanson3 is revolutionary in its concept due the fact that is the only vehicle ever designed for women of the world in mind and allows people from all ages and gender to use it. Handling the vehicle is easy and fun. The johanosn3 is designed to integrate the best propulsion technology available. Unlike Pedelec solution the e-scooter is a simple propulsion technology. Battery packs will follow the technological innovations and integrated the latest progress.
The johanson3 has an incredible payload ratio versus its own weight. It will cost you not more than a standard e-scooter or petrol scooter. You will have all the accessories necessary whatever the purpose. Johanson3 will bring you effortlessly to your destination and the many places you may want to visit. It will allow you to rediscover your city or simply replace your car for mid-range distances at speeds up to 28 miles per hour to 50 mph. The Johanson3 can be adapted to many more applications such as in the working environment or leisure; Delivery commuting bikes, campus applications, industrial premises, night surveillance, urban, suburban, vacation rentals, etc.
The johanson3 online bike shop will provide you with only one brand with 5 complementary vehicles and we are dedicated to diversify our accessories in the future to define most applications possible such as solar roofs, trailers, cases, luggage, etc.