Climate Action Leader
2022 AWARD FINALIST
Sponsored by Waka Kotahi
Hybrid Bikes designs and builds e-bikes in Nelson. It was created by Frank Witowski to support his physical and mental recovery from cancer.
Frank was determined to design an e-bike that would withstand decades of use without the need to be disposed of and have every part of the bike repairable. Financing the purchase of an e-bike can be the biggest obstacle for many. Therefore, Hybrid Bikes offers different financing methods to own an e-bike based on an individual’s situation.
Frank previously worked in the solar renewable energy industry for 14 years. He has successfully founded and operated solar water heating and solar PV start-ups. Therefore, Frank understands the benefits and challenges to sustainable lifestyle choices.
Hybrid Bikes aims to help people switch from traditional transport methods to e-bikes. Frank’s e-bike design and innovation quickly attracted media attention. It was screened on TV One’s Seven Sharp programme and featured in many magazines and other news sources.