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Audi Freestyle Wheelie Electric Bike Review

Audi Freestyle Wheelie Electric Bike Review

Audi Electric Bike Review

The German car and motorcycle manufacturer Audi is about to enter the electric bicycle market –  the top-of-the-line electric bicycle market. Audi unveiled their electric bike prototype at the Wörthersee car expo In May 2012. (Each May, the Volkswagen and Audi car show is held in the Austrian town of Reifnitz, adjacent to Lake Worth (Wörthersee) The car expo is typically just called Wörthersee.)

Audi’s entry into the electric bike market is significant for many reasons. Firstly Audi purchased the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati in April this year for a reported $1.2 Billion. This gives Audi access to a worldwide dealership and distribution network. Automakers are realising that the future of transport will cover the full spectrum of vehicles and fuel types. The big auto brands have an unprecedented opportunity to expand their product range and brands into new markets that have traditionally not been their domain of expertise. The lines will continue to blur and Audi along with BMW and Smart are introducing commuter and performance electric bikes.

Also, while Europe and Asia have embraced the electric bike, citizens of the United States are still dragging their heels on adopting this technology (as well as that of electric motorcycles and electric cars.) Many US cities are undergoing planning changes that will increase cycle ways and reduce the reliance on the motor vehicle. Combined with the electrification of many forms of transport the combined effect on the electric bike market look promising.

Audi, which is owned by Volkswagen, is one of the largest car companies in the world, with the finances to conduct research into electric vehicle technology and bring a design successfully from the prototype to the display floor. Audi’s prototype electric bike, provisionally called the Wörthersee, has been making currents (that’s an attempt at a pun…) since it was unveiled. This is for many reasons – but the main one is that it is pushing the limit of what an electric bike can do and push beyond the traditional rider. The Audi ebike is a trick cycling bike, coming with two “wheelie modes,” automatic stabilization while tricks are being performend, and the capability of recording those tricks and uploading them to Facebook right from the bike! It’s this integration with software and social media that makes these bikes really interesting. They’ll connect the real world with the virtual world. It is those features that will likely sell this bike to the American sporstperson and convince them that an ebike is so much more that a bicycle with an electric motor.

Lightweight Carbon Fiber Frame

One of the drawbacks of electric bikes to date has been their weight. The battery pack has always been very heavy. This if fine when the battery is fully charged and assisting the bicyclist. But when the bike runs out of juice and the bicyclist needs to ride back home, it can be twice as difficult to reach home – especially if one has to do it by going up a significant grade. The Wörthersee incporporates not only a carbon fiber frame but also wheels of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (if you’re an anagram junkie, that’d be CFRP). The frame weighs 3.53 pounds, and the wheels weigh just 1.32 pounds. (Never fear, the frame is reinforced at load points, so it can bear a hefty amount of weight.) Add the battery to that and the total bike weighs only 46.3 pounds or 21 kg which is an amazing accomplishment in engineering.

Integrated & Interchangable Battery

In addition to being heavy, some electric bikes also looked rather clunky, as the large battery had to be strapped to a carrier on the rear of the bike or attached to the downtube. As the technology improves, ebike designers are coming up with ingenious new places for that battery – as well as the rest of the electronics necessary to run the bike. For the Wörthersee, the Li-ion battery pack and the computer to run it are located within the frame. The battery is easily removable, allowing the rider the choice to bring extra battery packs or ride naked. The battery will charge in about 2.5 hours from a 230 volt plug in.

The Motor

This electric bike is powered by a magnet synchronous motor. Basically it relies on magnets rather than the traditional coil. They are usually used to covert mechanical power to Electricity in large gas, steam, hydro and wind industrial turbines. The introduction of this technology show just how much engineering and design work went into this ebike. The motor has a peak output of 2.3 kW. The maximum torque delivered to the rear wheel is 250 Nm (that’d be Newton meters). The motor and battery is situated at the lowest point on the frame giving the bike a very low center of gravity. The rider controls the output of the motor using a traditional twist grip and can also control the ride modes through the on board computer.

Gears and the Brakes

The Wörthersee has nine gears, and shifting is ridiculously easy and fast with the nine-speed hydraulically actuated gear shift. Which was inspired by the R Tronic Clutch in the Audi R8. Bringing the bike to a stand still is no trouble with the fron and rear hydraulic disk brakes.

On Board Computer & Travel Modes

The Audi has five travel modes. The rider can choose between different balance between the motor and pedals.

  • Pedal-power only
  • Pedal assist
  • Electric only
  • Powered Wheelie mode
  • Balanced Wheelie” mode

‘Pure’ mode allows the rider to pedal the bike without electric assistance. ‘Pedelec’ mode assists the rider with the electric motor up to speeds of 80 kph (50 mph) for a distance of 50 – 70 kilometers (31 – 44 miles). ‘eGrip’ mode powers the electric motor using the standard twist grip found on a motorcycle. ‘Wheelie’ mode controls balance and power output of the electric motor to assist the rider in maintaining balance and control in the wheelie.

Speed

In pedelec mode (pedal assist) the bike can achieve a top speed of 80 kph or 50 mph, with a range of about 70 km or 44 miles on a single charge. In electric-only mode, the top speed is 31 mph.

Wheelies

The Audi Wörthersee is a sport bike, which means riders can pop wheelies and show off their skills. For beginning riders, the Power Wheelie mode allows the rider to adjust the angle of the rear wheel. The Balance Wheelie mode is for experienced riders. (Sounds like a Segway, doesn’t it?)

The Computer and Wi Fi

Everything about this bike is controlled by a computer, and it is also equipped with Wi Fi. In addition to riding, the bicyclist can actually record his ride via his or her smartphone, and upload footage to Facebook if so desired. There’s also an app that lets riders compete against each other with this video footage. The computer screen also shows the speed one is travelling, the distance one has travelled, and the remaining charge in the battery.

The Design

The bike looks slick. There are loads of unique and innovative  design elements on this bike. The Carbon Fiber weaved texture of the frame and wheels helps tie the whole design together. The red accents on the seat, brakes and pedals break up the black and grey of the Carbon nicely. Also, the white of the suspension and battery pack help lighten the design and draw the eye away from the battery. Compared to other traditional sport bikes the Audi is clearly the brain child of a sophisticated industrial design team. It has the right balance between performance and simplicity rarely seen in the over-the-top branding of most sport and mountain bikes.

Availability and Price

Currently the bike is just a concept. Based on the prototype’s materials and high-end components it’s likely to cost upwards of $20,000. This puts it our of reach of most consumers, but then again this is a performance bike. It sits in a new category that is a crossover between freestyle bicycle and motorcross. With all that in mind it’s well within the reach of performance riders who are used to paying upwards of $10,000 for performance mountain bikes. I’m certain Audi will broaden the appeal and lower the price point, as long as they don’t compromise on quality and performance which is unlikely. Either way I’m looking forward to see what the Audi design team comes up with.

The Audi e-bike Wörthersee from MultiVu Video on Vimeo.

Audi e-Bike Wörthersee – Bicicleta electrică ce poate atinge 80km/h from LaCurentNET on Vimeo.

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San Francisco, Hills, and an Ebike

San Francisco, Hills, and an Ebike

Make no mistake, San Francisco loves bicycles. There’s been a 71 percent increase in cycling (yes, 71 percent!) in the last five years in this city. Add in the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s “Connecting the City” project, which will provide miles of new bike lanes in the near future, a five-fold increase in bike rentals, and a long-awaited bike-sharing program launching this summer and you’ve got a city made for cycling, except for one thing …

The hills.

Most people cite safety concerns—and rightfully so—as the number one impediment to them getting on a bike. But in San Francisco, there’s another major obstacle standing in the way: With few exceptions, there are hardly any ways through our fair city that don’t involve considerable inclines (and the quads to tackle them).

If you’re only after exercise, this dilemma is easily addressed. There are amazing bike paths in the city and gorgeous trails just a few miles north, south and east, many of which err on the side of sloping rather than slalom and offer unparalleled views of the Bay Area’s natural beauty

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In Defense of the Electric Bicycle, from the Bottom of a Steep Hill in San Francisco

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Austin, TX: Rocket Electrics Comes to Austin

Austin, TX: Rocket Electrics Comes to Austin

Nicole Zinn knew she wanted to open an environmentally friendly business that fit into Austin’s Earth-friendly vibe.

When she stumbled across the concept of a bicycle equipped with an electric motor, she said, she knew she was onto something.

“Electric bikes are a good solution to get traffic out of the city,” Zinn said. “With the density of the population, it is easy to just hop on a bike and go.”

From that concept, Zinn in December opened Rocket Electrics, a business that sells and rents the electric bicycles.

The bikes can be ridden like a typical bike, but they are also equipped with a battery-powered electric motor, which is operated through a throttle on the right handlebar. When the throttle is engaged, a rider doesn’t have to use the pedals at all.

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Rocket Electrics looks to bring electric bikes into Austin mainstream

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Electric Scooter Experiment Over For CSU Police

Electric Scooter Experiment Over For CSU Police

CHICO, California — Twenty-nine months ago, they seemed like an idea whose time had come.

Chico State University was building on a major sustainability campaign, and going green with electric patrol scooters seemed like a way the University Police Department could support the effort in a very visible way.

In October 2009, the department acquired three new police scooters from Diggler, a Petaluma-based company, with the intention of using them to augment campus foot and vehicle patrols, and for parking enforcement.

Plenty fast enough to catch bicyclists and sprinting suspects, with top speeds of around 30 mph, yet also agile and able to traverse cement steps, the scooters seemed like the perfect vehicle for patrolling the campus and nearby congested neighborhoods.

Their economy, with an operating cost of about one cent per mile, couldn’t be challenged, and was a big selling point.

Something seemed out of place from the start, however. As officers jumped on the stand-up scooters for their first trial runs, they looked, and seemed to feel, less official and more vulnerable than on a bicycle or even on foot.

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Chico State University police ditching electric scooters

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Filmmaker Joins E-Bike Start-Ups Advisory Board

Filmmaker Joins E-Bike Start-Ups Advisory Board

Conscious Commuter Corporation, a startup focused on reinventing the electric bicycle, today announced that Chris Paine has joined their Advisory Board, according to Bob Vander Woude, President and CEO.

In making the announcement, Mr. Vander Woude stated, “Chris is no stranger to the electric bicycle or sustainable transportation. He will bring valuable expertise to our company as a visionary and an entrepreneur at a time when we are reaching a critical point in our development process. We are thrilled to have him on board.”

Chris Paine’s award winning documentary feature films Who Killed the Electric Car (2006), Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) and Charge (2012, as producer) go behind the scenes to explore the emerging electrification of the vehicle fleet. Mr. Paine’s prior experience includes his technology company, Internet Outfitters, went public in 1999 as part of AppNet/CommerceOne. He also co-founded Mondo-tronics, an educational robotics retailer and materials provider for the Mars Pathfinder mission. Chris’s environmental work includes campaigns to stop nuclear testing in Nevada, slow freeway expansions in northern California, and document oil spills. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the Black Rock Arts Foundation in San Francisco.

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Filmmaker Joins E-Bike Start-Ups Advisory Board

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Galaxy Resources Ltd To Enter Ebike Market

Galaxy Resources Ltd To Enter Ebike Market

AUSTRALIAN miner Galaxy Resources Ltd is eying China’s booming electric bicycle market as it opened an A$100 million (US$106 million) lithium carbonate plant in east China’s Jiangsu Province.

The 17,000 ton-a-year Zhangjiagang plant, the largest of its kind in Asia-Pacific, will use lithium concentrate from Galaxy’s Mt Cattlin mine in Western Australia and process it further to produce high-grade lithium carbonate for the lithium-ion batteries to power the electric bikes.

In an interview Iggy Tan, the managing director, said Galaxy plans to move further up the value chain by setting up a battery-making facility nearby, and the opening of the plant on Wednesday marked a key step in the firm becoming an integrated company from mining to processing in the lithium supply chain.

Tan said the proposed battery plant will make products for electric bikes because of the potential huge growth. He also sees rising demand for lithium battery in the long run as electric vehicles start to take off.

About 30 million electric bikes were made last year in China, and over 90 percent of the cells being produced for electric bikes are lead-based.

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Aussie miner aims to power electric bikes

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Electric-bike culture clash

Electric-bike culture clash

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND -Since the massive introduction of electric or e-bike culture into Geneva traffic culture, I have been skeptically watching this trend as I dodge errant commuters on their SUV bikes weaving carelessly between vehicle and bicycle lanes. And therein lies the problem.
Know your lane – beware e-bikers

As the Swiss daily 20 Minutes documented last month, e-bikers are accounting for an increasingly growing number of two-wheeled run ins with traffic on the road. Imagine, the motor vehicle department handing out motorcycle licenses to anyone willing to pay 1,500 francs, or the cost of a modest e-bike – this is after all a motorized vehicle. Only many riders have never been on two-wheels before, let alone with a motor attached.

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Electric-bike culture clash

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How ‘E-bikes’ Are Changing the Way We Commute

How ‘E-bikes’ Are Changing the Way We Commute

As concerns about congestion, carbon and cost continue to grow, more and more people in the UK are ditching their cars and turning to cycling as an efficient, cheap and enjoyable way to get about. According to the Department of Transport, one in six of us are regular bike users, and with the Times’ popular CycleSafe campaign currently in the headlines, awareness of two-wheeled transport is at an all-time high.

But according to some, the world of cycling is about to change up a gear, as a new form of cycle hits the streets. Electric bikes – or ‘e-bikes’, as they’re known – look like any other bicycle at first glance. Look again, however, and you’ll spot a diminutive but powerful electric motor, powered by a lithium battery and hooked up to a control on the handlebars.

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How ‘e-bikes’ are changing the way we commute

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Boston Becomes a Great Bike City

Boston Becomes a Great Bike City

Tuesday evening at the Boston Public Library, Mayor Menino and Boston Bikes will present to the public its annual Boston Bikes Annual Update, hosted by Livable Streets Alliance. As I reflect on the last four years, I am proud of all we have accomplished: the community we fostered, our success in creating inclusive programs that reach all citizens, and our implementation of cutting-edge infrastructure and practices.

When Mayor Menino launched Boston Bikes in 2007, Boston was perennially rated among the worst cities in the country for cycling. Four years later, I am thrilled to report that Boston has officially gained recognition as one of the great cities for cycling in the United States, heralding a new era for cycling in the city. Each year, we have had more and more to celebrate, but 2011 brought some of our biggest achievements yet:

*Mayor Menino launched the New Balance Hubway bike share system in July with 60 stations and 600 bicycles, making Boston one of only a handful of cities in the United States with full-size bike share systems. In its first year, people took 142,000 trips across Boston on Hubway bikes. The program looks to expand into neighboring cities and into more Boston locations in 2012.

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Boston Bikes director lists accomplishments

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Scientific American Asks: Can Ebikes Replace Cars

Scientific American Asks: Can Ebikes Replace Cars

The 21st-century equivalent of the cavalry has come charging in to rescue cities in China and South Asia in their battles against air pollution and global warming. And it’s also beginning to help out on the traffic-choked streets in London, New York, São Paulo and Los Angeles.

This is the electric bicycle, or “e-bike,” a technology that blends the simplicity and mobility of a traditional bicycle with the speed of a moped or motorized scooter, but without the internal combustion engine.

Transportation experts say e-bikes — along with electric cars, light-rail trains and more pedestrian-friendly cities — could become one of the primary drivers of cleaner air and reduced global greenhouse emissions across much of the urbanized world, with China, India and Southeast Asia leading the fight to clear the air.

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Can E-Bikes Displace Cars?

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Shifting Sensors For Ebikes

Shifting Sensors For Ebikes

E-bike prices are sure to go down as more and more consumers consider purchasing electric bikes but want a quality system that is both reliable and affordable. TranzX PST has a new solution to this dilemma that brings performance to entry-level e-bikes and presents manufacturers with a real cost-effective alternative.

JD Group, the leading developer of TranzX PST labeled electric drive systems for electric bicycles, is introducing new “Gear-Sensor Technology” during the Taipei Cycle Show.

With the new Gear-Sensor, JD provides e-bike manufacturers with an improved e-bike sensor technology, which easily integrates into the handlebar shifter upgrading entry-level models without any frame adjustments and additional sensor components.

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TranzX PST Presents New Shifting Sensor for Entry Level E-Bikes

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Procycle Announces eVox

Procycle Announces eVox

Procycle, a Canadian company based in the Beauce region, is pleased to announce the launch this spring of the eVox(TM), its all-new superior quality electric bicycle. Designed and produced entirely in Canada by Procycle, the eVox(TM) electric bike boasts the latest in both design and technology. The bike will be marketed under the Miele brand and is the only product of its kind in North America. It will give cyclists a range of up to 150 km.

“The entire project was conceived and implemented right here in Canada, and we are all very proud of that. Research and development alone required three years of hard work and investment. The result is a solid, well-designed, reliable product that will offer cyclists a truly unique experience. Our target customers are cycling enthusiasts over 50 years of age and young urban professionals. It’s the only electric bike made in Canada, and we already have plans to expand into the international market,” says Procycle President Raymond Dutil.

Unique technology
Available in two sizes to meet the needs of 95 percent of the population, the eVox(TM) bike has three modes: bike, pedal assist and freedom. In pedal assist mode, the DynaMe(TM) propulsion system – the only one of its kind in the world – supplements your pedaling efforts depending on which of the five levels you select on the control display, a technology that is both intuitive and safe. Freedom mode lets you enjoy an effortless ride at the speed of your choice, again thanks to the DynaMe(TM) propulsion system. Without pedalling, the eVox(TM) has a range of 40 km; with pedal assist, it can go as far as 150 km. The battery charges completely in just one hour. In fact, the eVox bike delivers the best range-to-charge ratio available on the market today.

Cutting-edge design
With its modern design, the eVox(TM) is the perfect marriage of traditional bicycle and electrical components. Water-resistant and powerful enough to handle 15-degree hills, the integrated motor is located in the bottom bracket, giving the bicycle a lower centre of gravity for a safe and comfortable ride. The eVox(TM) is lighter than most bikes in its class and requires very little maintenance. Its removable lithium battery offers amazing performance, and the charger is cleverly incorporated into the rear carrier for easy charging during long trips.

The eVox(TM) bicycle was developed with financial assistance from the Energy Efficiency Agency through the Programme d’aide a l’innovation en energie (PAIE), which supports initiatives in energy efficiency and emerging energy technologies.

The eVox(TM) will be available in Canada in the spring of 2012 at authorized dealers. For more details, go to www.evoxbicycles.com

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http://www.marketwatch.com/story/procycle-introduces-evoxtm-a-revolutionary-electric-bicycle-designed-and-made-in-canada-2012-02-19

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England in Conflict With EU on E-Bikes

England in Conflict With EU on E-Bikes

A war of words has erupted over proposed changes to EU laws on electric bikes. At present, for an e-bike to be treated as a bicycle its assisted speed must be limited to 15mph/25kmh and its engine must have a maximum continuous power rating of 250w. If it exceeds these limits, it’s classed as a moped and vehicle tax, helmet use and third party insurance become compulsory.

The European Twowheelers Retailers Association is lobbying to increase the power limit – but not the speed limit – of pedelecs (bikes where power kicks in automatically on pedalling) to 1kw. It also wants all throttle-controlled electric bikes to be classed as e-bikes, not e-mopeds, as long as they fall within these limits.

At present, EU law states that the motor alone can’t be used to propel the bicycle. This has widely been interpreted as allowing throttle-controlled e-bikes, as long as the throttle only works when the pedals are turning.* The new proposals, which are to be voted on by a plenary session of the EU Parliament later this month, would remove this requirement, allowing use of “twist and go” throttles which work independently of pedalling.

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UK opposes Europe on new e-bike law proposals

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Northwest USA Adopting Euro-Lifestyle

Northwest USA Adopting Euro-Lifestyle

Motorcycle riders appreciate the lure of the open road, the roar of the engine and the torque, acceleration and raw power beneath the saddle. Now, some Seattle-area motorcycle dealers are offering a new, high performance ride that might make you change the way you think about motorcycles.

Lately, 30 percent of the sales at Lynnwood Cycle Barn have been scooters, which are popular with commuters. Now general manager Garrett Johnson has decided to add all-electric ‘Zero’ motorcycles to his inventory of traditional ‘Triumph’ gas-powered cycles.

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Electric motorcycle accelerates faster than sales

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Rent an E-Bike in San Francisco

Rent an E-Bike in San Francisco

Any cyclist who pedals around San Francisco will soon learn about the Wiggle, a bicycle route that weaves a delightfully flat path across this city of hills.

But the Wiggle, just one mile long, can save cyclists from only so many hills. Soon San Franciscans will have a new option for navigating the local terrain without breaking a sweat or resorting to a car, thanks to a pioneering federally financed electric bike share program that will start up this year.

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A Bay Area Experiment in Electric Bike Sharing

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Stealth Electric Bikes Canada to Exhibit at Toronto International Bicycle Show

Stealth Electric Bikes Canada to Exhibit at Toronto International Bicycle Show

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) February 02, 2012

Stealth Electric Bikes Canada will be showcasing Stealth Electric Bikes at the Spring 2012 Toronto International Bicycle Show. This will be the first major showcase for Stealth Electric Bikes Canada since opening up a new distribution center for Canadians a year ago.

“Stealth is eager to present its high tech line of electric bikes at the Toronto Show to the Canadian market,” said Michael Brown, Director of Stealth Electric Bikes Canada. Stealth Electric Bikes have a top speed of up to 50mph in competition mode and offering distances of up to 50 miles on one charge. Stealth Electric Bikes are available in three models. The Fighter, The Bomber and The Hurricane.

Stealth Electric Bikes are available in Space Blue, Snow White, Devil’s Red, Bumble Bee yellow and a variety of other colors. Customers can customize their bike and order online at: http://stealthelectricbikescanada.com.

Stealth Electric Bikes Canada will be exhibiting at booth 710. To schedule show appointments and demonstrations prior to the event, or to request media materials, please call Michael Brown at 1-602-999-3446.

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LEVA Wants Throttles on E-Bikes

LEVA Wants Throttles on E-Bikes

Opposing the views of the Bicycle Association, the British Electric Bicycle Association applauds ETRA’s EU e-bike lobbying.

Before Christmas BikeBiz.com revealed that the executive director of the Bicycle Association of Great Britain (BAGB) had written to Norman Baker, the UK transport minister, suggesting that a proposed EU rule change for electric bikes should be subject to a UK opt-out. Such a stance elicited a stinging response from the Belgium-based general secretary of the Two Wheel Retailers’ Association (ETRA). CTC and Sustrans then sided with the Bicycle Association.

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Electric bike trade org puts case for throttles

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What Speed is Best for an E-bike?

What Speed is Best for an E-bike?

Ed Benjamin of the Light Electric Vehicle Association spoke to BikeBiz.com about quotes from ExtraEnergy’s Hannes Neupert.

Ed Benjamin is the president and founder of the Light Electric Vehicle Association. He has written to BikeBiz.com to take to task their article featuring an interview with Hannes Neupert, founder of Germany’s ExtraEnergy e-vehicle consultancy. Neupert has now said he’s not opposed to ETRA’s lobbying to get e-bike rules in Europe changed, a measure soon to be voted upon by the EU.

Neupert’s original statement had said: “”The tendency of [ETRA] to ask for more and more power is not the real future. [And] when adding a power on demand throttle this will mean that you drop the pedals next and become a pure motorcycle. I have published in the latest ExtraEnergy magazine a proposal for future laws opposing to the current trend in the EU. Here I ask again for a combination of motor assist allowance in relationship to the muscle power input and a correlation between max assist speed supported by the electric enhancer and the muscle power input which is a new item.”

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Power struggle: e-bike gurus clash over wattage

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Business Schools Teach Marketing Plans for Ebikes

Business Schools Teach Marketing Plans for Ebikes

It’s a marketer’s dream: a product that frees consumers from rising gas prices and gridlocked traffic while cutting commuting costs. That’s why two teams of Fox MBAs presented ambitious marketing plans for the Banner Bike at the College of Engineering’s E2E Senior Design Day on Nov. 17, 2011.

The Banner Bike is the brainchild of Temple undergraduate engineers Tan Ha, Bayan Khalighi, Asish Mathew and Robert Stark. Their concept is simple: Bicycles make for great workouts but tiring commutes. Mopeds can be loud and use pricey gas. So the engineers envisioned a solution: a bike that could propel itself up hills and along streets without pedaling or using a drop of fuel.

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Fox School MBAs plan marketing campaign for pedal-charged electric bicycle

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Video: Extreme Electric Bicycle

A gentleman was at the Zero Motorcycle in factory in California and shared the following video on Youtube, with this description:
While I was at the Zero motorcycle factory in California their battery engineer Luke showed us his custom made electric bicycle. Goes 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Brock Harden is riding it in the parking lot and the bike only has a front brake.

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