Falco's history and story behind the development of Falco eDrive technology
Why we do what we do?
We believe in the power of cycling. We believe that cycling has the authority to bring about sweeping changes to our world. The potential is enormous regarding its impact on commuting, fitness, regeneration and saving our planet. This belief keeps us marching forward at a rapid pace. We believe that developed countries like the US and third world countries can benefit from our technological advances tremendously. We can change the world through cycling together.
About Falco eMotors
Falco revolutionized electric bike technology with the introduction of the ANT+ based 5-phase wireless eBike systems in 2011. Falco's e-bike technologies are known for exceptional reliability, jaw-dropping speeds, and incredible fluidity in transforming your bike.
Falco is the leader in direct drive technology for e-bikes. Falco eDrive is the first ever indoor/outdoor bike conversion that turns any bike into a smart outdoor hybrid eBike and an interactive indoor power trainer.
The eDrive delivers a huge 100+ mile range and can achieve speeds of up to 28 mph. With its lightweight lithium batteries mounted to the frame, a rider experiences unprecedented power in the ride.
Falco's eDrive provides seamless experiences across all devices and empowers people with breakthrough renewal for commuting, joy riding, fitness and conservation of the planet. Users can create a custom fitness program with Zwift, Trainer Road or any favorite apps, or use Falco's intuitive smartphone app and set performance limits based on individual metrics.
Falco eDrive is an extraordinary and exciting development for the eBike industry. It brings the most unusual combination of zero---carbon, high---speed commuting and advanced training into one core direct drive technology with incredible benefits to the end user. It is truly the most innovative technology in the eBike space today.
Rakesh founded Falco in 2011. Electric bicycle technology has been his passion ever since he joined Wavecrest Laboratories in 2001 in Dulles, Virginia. He was key in commercializing the 7-phase electric drive technology for Tidalforce electric bikes. In 2004, Wavecrest Laboratories launched Tidalforce electric bikes with success and high fan following.
Since 2001, Rakesh has tirelessly advanced the electric bicycle technology.
The Tidalforce bike went to be one of the best ebikes in the US. Rakesh was also instrumental in designing the brushless motor for the Accell group based in Netherlands. This engine is being produced more than 100,000 units per year in China, based on the manufacturing blueprint laid out by Rakesh. Rakesh was also instrumental in launching propulsion systems for electric scooters and motorcycles for NASA and US Military & Oxygen (an Italian brand). In 2005, he founded Electric Motion Systems (EMS) with a group of engineers from Wavecrest and launched E+ (Eplus) electric bikes in the US. E+ was a lighter and more powerful version than the Tidalforce e-bike.
During this time, He also worked closely with Matra in France to set up their manufacturing infrastructure in China.
Rakesh and his team have developed a critical understanding and published on a broad range of papers on electric drive and light electric vehicle technology. He has co-authored over 25 publications in various refereed journals and conference proceedings and is an inventor on nine issued or pending US patents. He has served on the Technical Committee of various conferences and received the B. Tech (Electrical Engineering) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India, Master’s degrees from the University of Minnesota and MBA from Old Dominion University.
Rakesh is a highly energetic individual eager to make a difference in this industry, by combining technology excellence, leadership and professional management skills with his innate entrepreneurial instincts. Over the years, Rakesh has successfully handled several roles in leadership, management and corporate functions with hands-on experience in managing the growth and operational challenges associated with early-stage companies.
Falco’s Commitment to Extraordinary Innovation
At Falco, We have always dreamt of building the best eBike components and systems in the world with a perfect balance of design, style, and unmatched performance. Falco symbolizes innovation and technological leadership. Our team shares the passion of extraordinary excellence and pursuit of perfection. Precision, Innovation, and quality are the most prominent features of our philosophy. Unique products with a distinctive design and remarkable technical features are the result of our extensive research and development. Individuality and extraordinary technical performance characterize Falco's components. Our stringent quality management, as well as hard test and qualification program, guarantee highest customer satisfaction at all times.
Carbon footprint, Commuting and Fitness
A Falco equipped electric bike ride emits 95% less CO2 per mile when compared to a mid-sized passenger car. Electric bikes and light electric vehicles offer us the greatest potential of being able to reduce greenhouse emissions and reduce our dependence on fossil fuel. However, there are five major problems with the existing technology for electric bikes –highly inefficient design, small range, lack of high-efficiency high-speed commuting and lack of integration with third party apps. Falco's technology diminishes these factors significantly.
- Better portability (i.e., less weight),
- more range (i.e., more efficiency),
- a drastic reduction in pedaling difficulty (i.e., zero freewheeling resistance),
- more top speed (i.e., more power),
- better hill climbing ability (i.e., more torque)
- and a close integration with social fitness and cycling apps (ZWIFT, TrainerRoad, etc.)
Are excellent benefits over existing eBike technology. Falco's technology incorporates significant breakthroughs in electric drive design, motor inverter architecture, motor control, and battery management methods while incorporating wireless communication.
Falco direct drive electric technology has been developed after extensive market study, research and development. Falco's technology uses unique five-phase electromagnetic arrangement thereby achieving a significant reduction in eDrive weight, an increase in efficiency, reduction of pedaling resistance to near zero, and a substantial growth in power and torque density.
Falco’s command console technology is based on low power ANT+ wireless communication with integrated eBike, bicycle and fitness functions.
Falco’s eBike components have features such as precise power and torque control, PC diagnostic interface, detachable, sleek, compact, pocket-size command console, LCD backlight, regeneration, six cycling modes, six fitness modes, turbo mode, security mode, etc.
Falco’s technology uses an original electromagnetic architecture with reduced weight ensuring high power density, torque density and system efficiency resulting in more range. The eDrive controller is integrated into the interior to improve efficiency, reduce cost and save space. Highly advanced software controls use cost effective torque and speed algorithms with minimum battery consumption for a smooth acceleration from standstill.