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Eye-catching Smart is far from Pedestrian

Eye-catching Smart is far from Pedestrian

Smart Electric Bike Review – Art of Smart bought to two-wheels

No-one can have failed to have noticed that things are afoot in the world of Big Auto. The wind of change that electrification has set blowing through personal transport is being felt in corporate office headquarters, from Frankfurt to Detroit. And it’s no longer just the four-wheeled world being jolted by the potential of electric drive-trains. Audi, VW, Toyota, Ford: the list of purpose-built e-bikes fluttering off the drawing-board, and onto the auto show-stand, just keeps on growing.

The reason is simple. The e-bike market promises a veritable tornado of growth – and the auto-manufacturers want to be ready to catch a sail-full of that breeze. But for all the high-concept e-bike chic being paraded at the shows, it’s taken nimble niche-player Smart to be the first auto company to bring a serious e-bike offering to the masses. Since May in the UK and Germany (and from 2013 in the US and Canada) the Smart e-bike has been pushed as the next big step in the electric bike revolution. The question asked by some, though, is – just how clever have Smart really been here?

New synergy for the ‘third way’

There is certainly an interesting new synergy at play. Up until now, most of the serious unit-shifting for e-bikes has been through bicycle manufacturers, shoe-horning their models into the electric way of doing things. Auto companies, like Smart, however, are tackling the e-bike solution from the other direction – seeing the electric bike as a point of entry for a new mass personalized transport market – one entirely separate from pedal bikes, or indeed automobiles.

They have a point. And because of their gargantuan marketing power – and deep pockets – it’s one that they can make quite forcefully. The Smart e-bike is now in a position to test the hyped ‘third way’ for personal transport, to see if it can be made to stand tall. It has the force of a major auto- manufacturer standing behind it – in this case Germany’s Daimler, Smart’s owner. And it has the reputation for intelligent – if quirky – design, earned from Smart’s range of eponymous two-seaters.

Uber-excitement for the urbanite?

But for all of Smart’s cleverness in design – of which there is plenty on display with the Smart e-bike – the project will fly-or-fall on whether the bike meshes properly with its intended new market. Because make no mistake, the Smart e-bike is looking for a new market: seeking to hook up with the urban mainstream. Smart are happy to leave the envelope-pushing to the e-bike specialists and backroom hobbyists. As Smart CEO Dr. Annette Walker said at the launch: “We at smart have been gathering experience of electric drives and the mobility needs of city dwellers around the world for years. The smart e-bike is the logical product of this experience.”

Which isn’t to say that the Smart e-bike is staid, or simply evolutionary. It is packed nicely with subtle innovation. But this isn’t a bike for the sports-fan or the speed-freak. It is the everyday journeys of the bolder urbanite-set that figures in Smart’s plan for this e-bike. So exactly what sort of smarts does the Smart e-bike have to offer them? Well, let’s start with the gloss.

Looks a-plenty

Visually the Smart e-bike has plenty of appeal – it maybe even be a design classic-in-waiting – one that manages to look futuristic, without falling off the cliff into sci-fi silliness. A lot of that has to do with a handful of bold clean lines, bought to the fore by a lack of clutter: no wires, no gangling gears, minimal spoking and tight razor tires. And lot of it has to do with a handful of bold colours: the designers have made a clever brand tie-in to the Smart electric car visuals, with its distinctive neon-green-on-white marking. Everyone will know you’re riding a Smart, when you’re zipping past at the traffic light queue.

So there’s plenty to catch the eye of potential buyers. But at around US$3,800 a bike (£2,495 in the UK, or €2,849 in Europe), there has to be plenty of function behind the form. So what sort of a transport experience does the Smart e-bike have to offer? More to the point, will you even be able to zip past anything much more than stationary traffic, when pushing on the pedals of the Smart e-bike?

Motor, Gears and Drive

As pedelec drive technology goes, Smart has decided to bend a middle course between innovator and journeyman. The motor is a decidedly underwhelming 250W BionX rear-wheel hub unit (200W in the UK, though this will be 350W for the US and Canada), pushing out a maximum of 35 Nm of torque. The motor’s assist is limited to just 15mph (24kph), before it cuts out. So far, so pedestrian.

But remember, Smart’s e-bike is aiming to ease the commute and shopping trips of city-dwellers, to provide a viable alternative to expensive car journeys or erratic public transport. Many of its riders will be new to e-biking. Ease of use and reliability will trump raw performance for them. And their motor supplier – the Canadian firm BionX – has proven popular, putting out some 40,000 units a
year. They help provide a measure of confidence that the heart of the Smart’s power will be prove to be steadfast.

The motor can be flipped between 4 levels of assistance, going all the way from zero to heroic, through an integrated SRAM I-Motion 3-speed hub gear system. But it is with the drive-belt itself that Smart starts to get really clever. Out goes a gnarly metal-linked chain, and in comes a sleek Gates carbon-toothed belt, which – with its 118 high-strength teeth – weighs in a little less than 3 ounces (80 grams). A straight-as-a-die chain-line, with no lubricant, no maintenance, and no trouser rips. What more could the style-conscious, time-constrained commuter ask for?

Brakes, Batteries and Charging

Braking comes courtesy of a pair of hydraulic Magura MT4 perforated disc brakes, which Smart claim will provide excellent performance even in wet weather. And that loss of kinetic energy on braking isn’t wasted – a recuperative braking system flips the motor into generator-mode, pushing power back into the battery as you slow. That extra fillip of efficiency is probably needed; the battery itself is on the sufficient side, rather than the stellar.

Weighing in at 6.6 pounds (3 kg), the 48V/10amp lithium-ion battery is loaded with 423W of electric energy, when fully-charged. Smart believes that its e-bike users can squeeze 62 miles from this battery, using the lowest-assist mode. No doubt their range estimate relies on a gradient-free route, along sweetly-paved roads. But with most commutes and shopping trips likely to be safely

under 20 miles all-round, the ‘Smart-set’ are pretty unlikely to find themselves on an unassisted ride, pedalling the flat-battery back home. In fact, riders can even switch the motor into generator mode, and recharge the battery as they cycle, if they’re feeling energetic.

Getting charge back into the battery from the mains grid is hassle-free. The battery is detachable, and can be topped up independently of the e-bike itself. Getting from flat-to-full should take 5 hours, whilst a partial recharge, from 20% to 80%, can be achieved in as few as 3 hours. Smart has pegged the battery to 500 charging cycles, factoring in an 80% residual capacity.

Gadgets and Options

So the Smart e-bike brings plenty of style, and a measure of technical innovation – but what else do Smart offer to win over the city crowd? One of the more attention-grabbing features is a USB socket on the integrated control panel. This allows for ‘charging in motion’ for whatever device you happen to plug in (smartphones and sat-nav immediately spring to mind). It will also, no doubt, please those umbilically connected to their personal e-device of choice.

The control panel itself is slick, if functionally basic, showing battery status, the current assist mode and basic bike computer outputs. It is also easily removed from the e-bike, adding another layer of security – the motor will fail to start without the correctly installed control panel. The forks are suspension free – presumably because this is not an e-bike destined for off-the-road shenanigans – and the overall package weighs in at sturdy (26.1 kg) 51 pounds. Optional extras include a smartphone cradle, luggage rack, and a choice of handlebar and seat designs.

The ultimate extra?

Of course, one way of looking at Smart’s e-bike is as a giant optional extra in itself. As we’ve already said, there is a symbiotic branding tie-in to the electric Smart car; plenty of marketing shots showing Smart-car-plus-Smart-ebike, a wonderfully cosy coupling. That may lead many to dismiss the Smart e-bike as more of a promotional gimmick for the Smart car brand, than a stand-alone e-bike in and of itself. Undoubtedly there’s some truth in that, but such synergy is, naturally enough, a two-way thing.

The Smart car-brand appeals to an audience that is already prepared to think – and travel – out of the box. That may allow Smart to be the first auto-maker to seriously tap – and grow – the e-bike audience beyond early adopters and hobbyists. If so, be prepared to see Big Auto breaking out of their ‘concept bike’ mind-set, and starting to hit the cycle lane in force. After all, the wind will be behind them.

Smart Electric eBike from toni margarit on Vimeo.

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Want to go to Europe? Take an E-Bike tour!

Want to go to Europe? Take an E-Bike tour!

Riding a bike across Europe isn’t a new concept, but doing so on an electric bicycle is, and now an option with Austin-Lehman Adventures.

Based in Billings, Mont., Austin-Lehman has been offering bike tours all over the world for over 35 years. This year, the company has begun offering e-bike tours for their European trips, with plans to expand the option to all 59 of their trips.

“An e-bike adds five more years of biking, “ said Ron van Dijk, Director of European Operations for Austin-Lehman. “It’s a breeze. A couple that cycles together can always ride together.”

Van Dijk did extensive research on choosing a specific e-bike model for the company. He eventually went with the Trek Electric Bike, as Van Dijk said it’s one of the best in the United States.

“It’s similar to the Diamant in Europe,” he said. “The technology is the same, but the components and frames are different.”

A tour from Austin-Lehman typically includes multi-lingual guides to take the group from location to location. A group consists anywhere from 12 to 18 people. Each participant is given a map of the day’s itinerary, so participants are allowed to pick and choose which sites to see and to take the trip at his or her own pace. Although not required to stick with the group at all times, there are a few group lunches and dinners scheduled.

“It’s life as it’s meant to be seen in the country,” said Chuck and Judy Silberstein, from Westchester County, New York. The couple has done 50 of Austin-Lehman’s trips over the past 23 years. “[The guides] make a trip come to life for you.”

Austin-Lehman just completed their first e-bike tour, which took place from April 9 to April 15 in the Tuscan region of Italy.

Patti Hohner of Chugiak, Alaska, who has done many biking trips through Austin-Lehman, said that the e-bike made it so much easier to take on the hills. Hohner was one of four to try the e-bike option for the Tuscany trip.

“This trip would have been long and hard without the e-bike,” she said. “These bikes take most of the effort out of climbing hills that have 10 to 14 percent grades.”

Because of the hills, Austin-Lehman ranks the Tuscany trip a “4”, which labels the trip as moderate to challenging. Van Dijk said that e-bikes open this trip to up to more people.

“On an e-bike, the hills just melt away,” he said.

The Silbertsteins agreed and will be trying an e-bike tour this September. The couple said that an e-bike is perfect for senior citizens.

“We could use help now and then,” said the Silbersteins. “The bikes don’t take all the work out of it.”

The Silbersteins agreed that the e-bike option is a great addition for Austin-Lehman, as the option gets more people to try the hilly trips.

“The hillier, the prettier,” they said.

As for the hills of Tuscany, Patti Hohner recommended the trip, and the e-bike option.

“I would recommend an e-bike to someone who might need or want a little extra help. Not just for hilly terrain, but also for less active people that are not hardcore bikers,” Hohner said. “These e-bikes assist the rider in enjoying the view while not being out of breath or struggling to move up hill, and Tuscany has a lot of viewing to be done.”

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Austin, Texas Prepares For EBike Culture

Austin, Texas Prepares For EBike Culture

Austin, Texas — In Motion Bicycles & More, a retailer with products for fitness and outdoor activities, is open.

Austin-based In Motion leased 2,247 square feet of retail space in West Woods, a shopping center at 3267 Bee Caves Road, for its first retail location. The company had been in a rented warehouse space before leasing a retail storefront. Gabriel Sanchez with the Commercial Retail Division of The Weitzman Group handled negotiations for the retailer. Lucas Patterson with Lincoln Properties handled negotiations on behalf of the landlord.

In Motion Bicycles & More, which opened in early December, carries bicycles, accessories, sports wear and the unique Trikke, a three-wheeler that offers a full-body workout and plays off the fun of riding a bike. The Trikke also comes in an electric version.

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Austin bike retail scene ‘In Motion’ — blog

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Introducing The X-Treme XB-305Li Electric Mountain Bike

Introducing The X-Treme XB-305Li Electric Mountain Bike

Press Release: South Pasadena, CA, December 06, 2010 –(PR.com)– UrbanScooters.com is now selling the X-Treme XB-305Li Electric Mountain Bike. The XTreme XB-305Li electric bicycle is a starting level, out-of-the-box electric bike. It’s nearly a carbon copy of the X-Treme XB-300Li, but with an easily accessed, step through frame. The X-Treme XB-305Li comes with a 300 watt hub motor, powered by state of the art, uber light, lithium ion batteries that come in handy when you want additional power, or to just take a rest. You can pedal with no power, run by electric power only, or pedal with power on demand. The XB-305Li electric bike comes with high quality components like Lightweight Lithium Ion Batteries, a 7-Speed Shimano Tourney® Gear & Shifter System and RST Capa® T7 front hydraulic shocks. The XB-350Li electric mountain bike also is packed with standard features, including; a smart charger, a front light, a fully adjustable seat, key ignition, horn, bell, battery indicator, rear cargo rack, and a tool kit. The “electric bicycle” classification allows you to ride the XB-305Li electric bicycle and any other X-Treme electric bikes without any insurance, registration, or a driver’s license in most states (please make sure to contact your local DMV and check local laws before purchasing X-Treme electric bikes). The X-Treme XB-305Li electric mountain bike is silent, environmentally safe and costs only pennies a day to charge it.

For more info about the XB-305Li from X-Treme Scooters, visit; http://urbanscooters.com/cgi-bin/urbanscooters/XB-305LI.html
XB-305Li Specifications:
- Speed: 20 mph
- Range: 15-20 miles on a single charge with the option to pedal for greater range.
- Motor: 300 watt brushless hub motor, located in the center of the rear wheel.
- Frame: Lightweight 100% aluminum alloy 18” easy access step-through frame. RST Capa® T7 front hydraulic shocks.
- Drive System: No chains or belts required, and the motor is in the hub of the rear wheel. Seven Speed Shimano Tourney® Gears & Shifter. Variable speed twist throttle.
- Battery: 24 volt Lightweight Lithium Ion Batteries in a Sealed Removable Pack. Key lock for security. (Seven 3.6v, 8ah batteries total)
- Charge Time: 1 – 3 hours
- Brakes: Front and rear disk brakes
- Dimensions: Length 72 inches, Width at handlebars 25 inches, Height 42 inches
- Weight: 52 lbs.
- Carrying Capacity: 300 lbs.
- Tires: 26″ x 1.95″ pneumatic off road tires on aluminum wheels.
- X-Treme XB-305Li Warranty: Free upgrade from 90 days to 6 months on the XB-305Li manufacturer’s warranty, including priority service and lifetime technical support.

Standard Features:
- Key ignition
- Fully adjustable seat (37 3/4” to 45 3/4”)
- Headlight
- Horn & Bell
- Battery indicator
- Smart charger
- Rear cargo rack

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Introducing the Patrolman E-Bike

Introducing the Patrolman E-Bike

When Apple first launched the iPod portable media player back in 2001, nobody had the slightest clue how successful they would be. However, year after year the iPods managed to grow in popularity so fast that some say they are to take over the world.

The iPod line has been redesigned multiple times since its introduction, with the sixth generation being introduced some three months ago. You may ask what does such an introduction has to do with the automotive world.

It’s all abuot the Patrolman ebike.

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Patrolman Electric Bike Looks Like an iPod on Wheels

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PSU Engineering School Hosted E-bike Display

PSU Engineering School Hosted E-bike Display

On Sunday, Dec 5, 2010, there was an event for e-bike fans from 1-4 at PSU Engineering Building atrium (1930 SW 4th).

“Local builders of electric vehicles will be displaying their creations to showcase the present state of electric vehicle engineering and technology and to allow local electric vehicle builders to meet. Open to the public, especially those interested in “green” transportation and recent developments in electric bicycle engineering and small electric vehicles.”

It was only a one day event.

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PSU Engineering school to host e-bike display

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FedEx Implements E-Bikes into its Fleet in France

FedEx Implements E-Bikes into its Fleet in France

By Allison Reilly

PARIS – Four is a small number, but four is already having a big impact in the French capital. FedEx in France has incorporated four electronic bikes into its fleet and will increase that number to 12 next month. These four e-bikes have already made big difference in delivery speeds and operation costs.

“We are very committed to customer service, “ said Dirk Van Impe, the managing director of ground operations in France. “E-bikes brings us closer to customers and improves the customer experience.”

Paris plans to develop 400 miles of bike lanes by 2014, and these bikes can utilize the lanes that are already in place. These bikes can also get to places that typical delivery trucks cannot. Van Impe said that currently, only one postal code is served exclusively by the bikes and plan to add another postal code in October. The e-bikes used are from a transportation service in France called Urban Cab, which gave FedEx the rights to use these bikes in the city. They require manual peddling to start and can travel at speeds up to 12 miles an hour. One e-bike has around 2 cubic feet of carrying capacity, which holds about 330 pounds of express packages. The carrying compartment can also be removed from the e-bike in order to ease the loading process. As a result, productivity has increased 20 to 50 percent per parcel, meaning that there are more deliveries per hour compared with a normal delivery truck or car.

“The e-bike is dedicated to our type of operations,” Van Impe said. “They’re part of the future, and part of our strategy of reducing emissions and operating costs.”

The goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 2020, and the e-bikes have zero CO2 emissions. Van Impe said Paris was the perfect place to reach for this goal because of the cities environmental aspects and the e-bikes are flexible with pedestrian-only walkways and in areas of dense activity.

“As a company that delivers more than 7 million packages a day to more than 220 countries and territories, FedEx seeks to connect the world in responsible and resourceful ways,” said Mitch Johnson, director of environmental affairs & sustainability for FedEx. Plans are in motion to expand the use of the e-bikes to other European cities like Munich, Milan, Amsterdam and Brussels, as well as other cities in France.

Video of the bikes in actions: http://mediacenter.fedex.designcdt.com/node/482

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Take a Peek At The PiCycle

Take a Peek At The PiCycle

Los Angeles, CA — Powered but not especially powerful, many people consider ebikes to be “bicycles-that-aren’t-really-bicycles.” E-bike riders are a small niche within the overall bicycling population of the US.

The new PiCycle is designed for the commuter, but it values style as much as substance. Critics consider it an “exceptional art piece” that is both practical and affordable, it almost requires its own category.

Read the complete article at: PiCycle brings high style to the eco-commute.

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E-bikes Picking Up Speed in the US

E-bikes Picking Up Speed in the US

Back in October 2009, CNN.com just wrote a piece titled “Will e-bikes be the new ‘commuter cool’?” that highlighted some of the benefits e-bike riders see. Such as losing weight through exercising (although doubtless coupled with less food consumption) and saving money on gas).

Bikes on offer in the US include the Izip Trekking Enlightened by Currie Tech and the Classic Comfort Cruiser by Pedego.

Read the complete article at Americans beginning to embrace e-bikes

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Innovatronix Introduces E-Bike

Innovatronix Introduces E-Bike

The Phillipines – Innovatronix Inc., a Filipino owned company which produces electronic devices and other equipment, said it has a new innovation that can serve as a travel partner for the adventurous—the Tronix Ebike Exceed. It is “the next generation electric bicycle that is a hit among travel buffs.”

With 16-inch wheels, the foldable electric bicycle can run up to 30kph and travel 20 kilometers on a full charge. Safety features include a headlight and taillights.

Read the complete article at Philippine Company Introduces Tronix Exceed Electric Bike.

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HERO’s New E-bike, The E-Sprint

HERO’s New E-bike, The E-Sprint

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India – Hero Electric, the market leader in electric bikes in India, is a 100% subsidiary of HERO Group. In late September, they launched their new, economical High speed electric-bike- ‘E-SPRINT’ in U.P.

Mr. Naveen Munjal, Managing Director of Hero Electric said “Our foray into the high speed category is yet another step in promoting the use of clean and green transportation technologies for masses. With the changing environment it is imperative that usage of green and sustainable technologies become an intrinsic part of our lives. Uttar Pradesh being the largest state in the country and being the main centre of commercial and industrial activities has a wide range of consumer choices. We are confident that the E-SPIRINT will address the needs and wants of the consumers in the state since it is an eco- friendly, economical & easy mode of personalized transportation. The ease of handling of the E-SPIRINT will save considerable time while commuting in congested traffic and it will contribute in making the state cleaner and greener.”

Read the complete article at: HERO Electric launches High Speed Electric-Bike -’E-SPRINT’

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The Importance of E-bike Popularity in China

The Importance of E-bike Popularity in China

The New Yorker magazine recently published a letter from a reader in China, who said:

In the chaotic ecosystem of Chinese roadways, the electric bike fits in right where the infernal moped might have once hoped to go, as a stepping stone for growing families or a low-cost option for commuters.

For anyone who has not been to China, it is easy to lose sight of just how big a deal this is: China has twenty-five million cars, but it has four times as many e-bikes. It is hard to overstate the impact of that when you wonder how China could possibly continue down the path to car-saturation. (Consider: Were China to end up with the same density of cars as that of the U.S. today, it would mean nine hundred and seventy million cars in China—fifty per cent more than the entire worldwide car fleet in 2003.)

To read the complete letter, check out Join the Turtle King Revolution.

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E-Bike With Stackable Batteries

E-Bike With Stackable Batteries

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VEENENDAAL, the Netherlands – the UK-based company Infineum has launched an e-Bike with stackable batteries.

Infineum, a company with a background in computers, has developed the stackable batteries in order to provide more flexibility to the buyers of these bikes.

Infineum recently enlarged its European distribution network by appointing EQ-Bikes as their distributor for The Netherlands. EQ-Bikes is already representing the Finish brand Helkama in Holland.

See the complete article at Bike Europe.

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Tandem Electric Bike Is Twice As Nice

Tandem Electric Bike Is Twice As Nice

Irvine, CA – The PEDEGO tandem e-bike, which was introduced during the September 23-25, 2009 Interbike International Bicycle Expo, consists a beach cruiser design with two wide, cushioned seats, relaxed handlebars and a rear motor.

The bike has the same type of quality components as other PEDEGO bicycles, and operates much like a regular tandem. However, it has a parallel electric drive system that includes a 750 watt motor and 48 volt lithium manganese battery. The battery will last about 15,000 miles and costs less than 10 cents to recharge.

The throttle is controlled by the rear rider gently revving the right handlebar grip. (As such, the rider in front may want to give up the view for a while to be in charge of the throttle!)

Read the complete article at PEDEGO Develops World’s First Electric Tandem Bicycle.

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Commuters and the Ebike

Commuters and the Ebike

California – Brent Meyers, director of sales for Ultra Motor US, says electric bikes attract different types of buyers.

Many are looking to make a green imprint.

Some are “active adults” who have ridden bicycles for years who — as they get older — are unable to do the same kind of riding they did when they were young.

Other buyers want to ride their bikes to work quickly — and avoid entering the offfice drenched in sweat.

Ultra Motor US sees its strongest sales when the price of oil skyrockets, says Meyers.

Read the complete article at Will e-bikes be the new ‘commuter cool’?

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E-bike Manufacturing Becoming Big Business

E-bike Manufacturing Becoming Big Business

Amsterdam, the NetherlandsBike Europe reported recently on the success that ebike manufacturers are finding.

Germany is still the largest bicycle-producer in Europe, but it is currently being outnumbered in terms of value by the Netherlands. The vast difference in price between a regular bicycle and an e-Bike is the reason behind this ranking change.

The Dutch statistics agency (CBS) reported that the bikes produced in Europe last year were valued € 1.9 billion, of which 30% came from the Netherlands. The second in ranking is Germany with € 340 billion (18% of the total market) and third is France with € 170 billion (8% of the total market).

In 2008 the total Dutch bike production output was valued at € 577 million, a rise of 20% related to 2007. The Netherlands owes this leading position to a high average value per unit, boosted in the past years by the rising popularity of e-Bikes. Due to the advanced technology the average value of an e-Bike is far above that of a standard bike.

Last year the Dutch bought approximately 125,000 e-Bikes, approximately 10% of the market in volume. It is expected that this will rise to 25-30% in five years time.

See the original article at: E-Bikes Turns Bike Bizz into Big Billion Business.

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China’s Love Affair With The E-Bike

China’s Love Affair With The E-Bike

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Shanghai, China — China is considered to be the world’s bicycle kingdom , because one of every three inhabitants rides a bicycle.

And more and more of them are riding e-bikes, from workers tired of jam-packed public transport, to those tired of pedaling long distances to work. Even some who can afford cars are takig to ebikes to avoid traffic jams and expensive gasoline.

Thirty years ago, practically no one in China owned a car and bicycling was the only way to get around. Today, it still has 430 million bicycles by government count, outnumbering electric bikes and scooters 7-1.

But production of the electric two-wheelers has increased from fewer than 200,000 eight years ago to 22 million last year, mostly for the domestic market. The industry estimates about 65 million are on Chinese roads.

Read the complete article at:
Commuters switch on to electric power as bicycles get an update

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Status of Ebikes in India

Status of Ebikes in India

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Ebike manufacturer Hero Electric, founded by entrepreneur Naveen Munjal, leads India’s e-bikes market. Munjal is also head of the Society of Manufacturers of Electric Vehicles.

There are two e-bike categories: high-power bikes and low-power bikes. Low-power, which have a maximum speed of 25 km per hour, do not require registration or a driving licence. These bikes constitute about 75 per cent of the e-bikes in India. Although more Indians are purchasing the bikes, they command less than two per cent of India’s bike market. Munjal anticipates that this will go up to seven to 10 per cent in five years.

The e-bike niche is being harmed because there is a lack of stringent testing by the Indian goverment, so substandard bikes are imported and sold. As with any product, if one e-bike lets a customer down, it is likely to sour him or her on the whole product.

Read more at DowntoEarth.com.

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Take a poll: Are E-Bike Riders Just Lazy?

Take a poll: Are E-Bike Riders Just Lazy?

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Many dedicated bicyclists look with scorn on the individual on an e-bike, believing that those who want a little assist from a motor to get up a particular hill must just be lazy.

What they never seem to consider is that there are people who need a little assist. They want to maintain an outdoor lifestyle but may be recovering from surgery or illness and require, at times, the help of an electric motor to give them a boost.

Treehugger.com posts the question… “What do YOU think? Are electric personal mobility vehicles considered a novelty or a viable and recognized form of transportation? If you use a PMV, please share your experience. ”

Answer them at: Treehugger.com.

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Modern Times Launches Lightest E-bike

Modern Times Launches Lightest E-bike

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Winchester, England — One of the drawbacks of electric bikes is that the battery and motor add an extra thirty pounds of weight. So even though it’s possible to pedal an ebike should the battery go dead, it will make it twice as hard to go up hills!

The fit cyclist doesn’t need to worry about this, but those who use an e-bike in order to get into shape, or who live in an area with a lot of hills, may view this as a cause for concern.

Which is why Modern Times Ltd. has proudly launched what it calls the lightest e-bike ever. They’ve put their power assist on a Cannondale Capo Cytronex, currently priced at £1650 .

Read more at BikeRadar

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