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Panasonic E-Bikes to Have Child Seats

Panasonic E-Bikes to Have Child Seats

Panasonic is preparing to a release two versions of a new electric bicycle that can carry two children later this month in China, calling the products Gyutto and Gyutto Mini.

The Gyutto is equipped with a 22″ front wheel and 26″ back wheels, which the company says make its model more stable than traditional bikes by having a lower point of gravity. Another stability feature is that the handle is fixed when the electric bicycle has its kickstand deployed.

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New Panasonic E-Bicycle Has Child Seats

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World’s Longest E-bike Seats Eight People

World’s Longest E-bike Seats Eight People

Eco Factor: A pedal-powered vehicle adds a fun element to biking.

It’s not yet officially official, however, a seating capacity of eight and a 5.2 meters long body will sure help the Chinese-made electric bike to register itself as the World’s Longest Electric Bike in Guinness World Records. The bike was showcased during the Zhejiang International Bicycle Electric-Cycle Exhibition.

Just before you hear about the electric bike making it to the record books, we have some images that reveal the sheer size and elegance of the cool bike. The revealing images show eight people posing and cheering as they enjoy a green ride.

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World’s longest electric bike can seat eight people

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Electric Bike Industry Causes Lead Price to Rise

Electric Bike Industry Causes Lead Price to Rise

Lead was the single strongest performing commodity in 2009, according to Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index.

China increased overall global battery demand and in turn made for astonishing lead demand from Canada, said Vice President of Scotia Economics Patricia Mohr.

Lead prices saw a 146% increase in the period from Dec 2008 to mid-December 2009, according to the bank’s index.

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E-bikes pedal lead prices higher

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E-bikes Causing Traffic Problems in China

E-bikes Causing Traffic Problems in China

The Wall Street Journal reported in mid-January that “”Those electric bikes just don’t listen! The problem is they go too fast. They can’t stop like bikes. I saw an accident just over there the other day where someone on an e-bike rushed through the intersection and plowed over someone on a regular bike,” Mr. Zhao, a traffic officer, said as he tried to keep China’s newest road hazard in check.

Powerful battery-powered bicycles are crowding out their push-pedal brethren, delivering a jolt to the Bicycle Kingdom.

By some estimates there are 120 million e-bikes on China’s roads—up from just 50,000 a decade ago, making it the fastest growing form of transportation in China. Cities at first embraced them as a quieter and cleaner alternative to gasoline-powered scooters.

Officials were caught off guard when that environmentally appealing solution turned out to be deadly on the streets. In 2007, there were 2,469 deaths from electric-bicycle accidents nationwide, up from just 34 in 2001, according to government statistics.”

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E-Yikes! Electric Bikes Terrorize the Streets of China

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Room For Innovation in Electric Bicycles

Room For Innovation in Electric Bicycles

CHINA HAS gone crazy for electric bicycles, according to a writer in the Irish Times. They are the biggest selling form of transport — with 120 million battery-powered two-wheelers in use.

All over China you see them – migrant workers, traders, bureaucrats and office workers, and increasingly foreigners avoiding the nightmare of the taxi queue.

Faster than a regular bike and cheaper than oil-consuming motorbikes and cars, riders are not required to have a licence and they do not need to get insurance or do annual check-ups like other drivers. [Yet. As more and more accidents and casualties mount up, this will undoubtedly change, for all that the measure was defeated from going into effect in January.]

China’s love affair with the bicycle is well-documented, but massive urbanisation and the country’s transformation into the world’s biggest car market has put pressure on the traditional two-wheeler.

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Chinese Motorcycle Brand To Be Acquired By Zongshen PEM

Chinese Motorcycle Brand To Be Acquired By Zongshen PEM

VANCOUVER, B.C.Zongshen PEM Power Systems Inc. intends to acquire a major Chinese motorcycle brand. The cost will be about $95 million in a related-party transaction that will result in Zongshen Zuo owning at least 62.2 per cent of the company.

The gas-powered motorcycle business that’s being acquired by ZPP is carried out through Chongqing Zongshen Automobile Industry Co., Ltd. and Chongqing Zongshen Automobile Air Intake System Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

ZPP is a China-based, Canadian-listed manufacturing company focused on the development and commercialization of environmentally friendly two and three wheel vehicles.

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EBikes Too Fast For China’s Streets

EBikes Too Fast For China’s Streets

Beijing, China — The popularity of ebikes in China’s capital city has brought a host of new problems…problems that will probably be replicated around the world as more and more countries turn to ebikes.

Simply, the bikes are too fast, and too silent, and the riders are as careless as car drivers.

China recently changed its laws to require that all ebikes that can go faster than 20 mph need to have operators with licenses and helmets, but this does not stop the danger to pedestrians or regular bike riders who can’t go as fast as the ebikes and are in danger of being run over.

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E-Yikes! Electric Bikes Terrorize the Streets of China

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China: Electric Bikes and Lead

China: Electric Bikes and Lead

On January 1, China instituted new legislation on electric bikes that many pundits believe will harm the industry.

And, as an example of the interconnectedness of all things, the ebike boom drives the demand for lead, which is used in ebike batteries

China has classified e-bikes that weigh over 40 kg or can go faster than 20 km (12.4 miles) per hour as electric motorbikes. This means that the owners of these e-bikes must have insurance and driving licenses – which will prevent thousands of Chinese from acquiring the bikes.

“The development of the industry will be limited,” said a sales manager at a large e-bike battery maker in Zhejiang province. “(The standards) do not meet consumers’ requirements.”

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Tighter electric bike rules menace China lead demand

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