Delfast e-bikes go the distance

As the old adage goes, “necessity is the mother of invention.”  And nothing could be truer than with the development of the Delfast e-bike.

Delfast CEO and founder Daniel Tonkopiy wanted to solve a problem.  He needed a new iPhone immediately and couldn’t get one delivered for three days in Kyiv, Ukraine. And at that point he had an “aha!” moment.

Daniel decided to create a service that could deliver goods from online stores with the speed of a pizza delivery.  “If you order a laptop or anything our courier will bring it to you within an hour,” said Tonkopiy.  And so Delfast Co. was born in November 2014.

e-Bikes were considered the best vehicle to enable his couriers to make efficient, fast deliveries.  But, the e-bikes that were produced in China could only go a short distance on a single charge.

“Today e-bikes which are on the market they are more like toys because they have a range of 30 to 40 miles, so you would not even get from San Francisco to Silicon Valley on this e-bike,” said Tonkopiy.

So he and his engineering staff began to tinker with some models that they purchased from China and eventually created an e-bike that has a range of 236 miles on one charge. More like a full-featured e-vehicle than a bicycle it is suitable both for on-road and off-road use. This Delfast engineered product is manufactured in Kyiv, but will be sold worldwide.

Initially, Delfast secured one round of seed feeding for its delivery service worth $250,000 from the venture capital company Imperious Group on Feb 4, 2015.

Later on September 20, 2017, Delfast launched a $50,000 Kickstarter campaign for its e-bike product.  The company exceeded its goal, reaching $165,800 by November 1.

e-bike production will begin for the 75 Kickstarter backers in February 2018 with delivery in May.

  • Delfast CEO Daniel Tonkopiy discussed his company and e-vehicle and talks about his plans to sell his product in the U.S. and EU in a September 2017 interview for the monthly podcast Made in Ukraine Tech Startup Edition.


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