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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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Controversy in New York Over Legality of Ebikes

Controversy in New York Over Legality of Ebikes

The problem, as I see it, is that ebike manufacturers are trying to circumvent common sense. An ebike is a vehicle where the rider can pedal with ease. A scooter with pedals on it, that a rider could not use except with extreme difficulty, is not an ebike! Yet manufacturers continue to claim that they are, and apparently the magic word for “the law” is pedals. If a vehicle has pedals, even if they’re unusable, laws on the books in some states continue to say they’re bikes.

Here’s the first paragraph of an article in the New York Times:
NEW YORK—Are electric bikes legal in New York City?

Depends who you ask.

During educational presentations, the city’s Department of Transportation tells business owners that electric bicycles are illegal, because they cannot be registered with the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

But the complexity behind electric bike laws came up during a Sept. 6 City Council hearing, when Councilwoman Jessica Lappin said that electric bicycles are legal—provided they go under 15 miles per hour—according to the New York City Administrative Code.

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Electric Bikes in New York May Be Legal, or Maybe Not

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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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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

This press release is from:

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

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Bike Inventors Set Up Space in Fort Collins, CO

Bike Inventors Set Up Space in Fort Collins, CO

On the fringe of Fort Collins in a non-descript blue building three like-minded Fort Collins’ bicycle builders have set up shop in what they are calling “Fabrication Minded.”

Carver Surf Racks, RunAbout Cycles Inc. and Yendra Built have all moved into the new creative space at 1304 Duff Drive to share not just space and tools but ideas.

Zach Yendra, owner of Yendra Built, a bike and furniture building company, leased the 3,500-square-foot facility and said he immediately thought of bringing in Josh Kerson with RunAbout and Orlando Baker of Carver Surf Racks who he knows through the cycling community.

The trio said they are working on a joint project, and plan to collaborate in the future, but declined to say what the projects are.

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Trio of bike builders set up shop together in Fort Collins

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UK Balks at Suggested E-Bike Rule Changes

UK Balks at Suggested E-Bike Rule Changes

Euro moped & bike trade org – with just 1 UK retail member – slams BAGB’s request for UK Gov’t to reject e-bike rule change

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 should be subject to a UK opt-out. Such a stance has elicited a stinging response from the Belbium-based general secretary of the Two Wheel Retailers’ Association (ETRA).

Phillip Darnton said that a EU rule change, due to be finally decided upon early next year but likely to go in ETRA’s favour, gave cause for “serious concern” and could “blur the distinction between what is/is not a bicycle.” Further, Darnton said the EU rule change “presents considerable risks for road safety, especially in terms of continuous speed as well as acceleration. It is not stated whether there would be any minimum age limit on the riders of these 25 kph electric vehicles, or where their use would be proscribed, eg whether allowed in cycle lanes.”

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ETRA pens blistering response to BA’s e-bike letter to DfT

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E-Bikes Are Safe Vehicles…If Used Safely

E-Bikes Are Safe Vehicles…If Used Safely

GAND/BRUSSELS, Belgium – In response to reports on the two incidents with electric bicycles at the Belgian postal services, the European associations ETRA and RECHARGE made a clear statement that “e-bikes are safe vehicles”.

In a common announcement ETRA, the European trade association for bicycle and motorcycle dealers, and RECHARGE, the European Association for Rechargeable Batteries, emphasized that electric bicycles are not dangerous per se. The ETRA said, “problems only arise if manufacturers do not respect the legal rules relating to production and transport due to a lack of information or a lack of professional integrity. The vast majority of electric bicycle manufacturers do observe these rules.”

“Most of the electric bicycles currently on the market are equipped with Lithium-Ion batteries. Electric bicycle manufacturers buy their batteries from specialized battery manufacturers. Li-Ion batteries for electric bicycles may only be transported if they have been tested according to standard procedures regulated under the United Nations Model Regulation on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. These tests aim at ensuring that the battery does not react under normal and severe mechanical and electrical damage conditions.”

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“E-bikes are Safe Vehicles”

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Pedego Introduces E-Bikes to Philadelphia

Pedego Introduces E-Bikes to Philadelphia

Pedego, an electric bike maker headquartered in California, has chosen Hybrid Cycles – in the 100 block of East Gay Street in Philadelphia, as the first Philadia store to sell its electric bikes.

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Ride a Bike in Barcelona

Ride a Bike in Barcelona

From Eco-Business:
If you visit Barcelona, Spain, for the first time in several years, you will notice how much the city has changed. The biggest indicator will probably be the construction development of the Sagrada Familia cathedral. Started in 1882, it is now scheduled to be completed by the year 2026.

Another thing at which you will probably raise an eyebrow or two are the numerous bicycle-hire stations spread throughout the city area. Like many cities all over the world, Barcelona is investing heavily in a public bicycle-sharing system. Called Bicing, it was inaugurated in 2007. Since then, it has won several awards and become an integral part of Barcelona’s public transport.

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A new approach to public transport in Barcelona, Spain: Bicing Bicycles!

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“How to build a 50 MPH Electric Bike”

“How to build a 50 MPH Electric Bike”

(EMAILWIRE.COM, August 26, 2011 )
Vancouver, Canada-
There’s a new form of bicycle that’s hitting the streets. It’s called the electric bike, and its rise in popularity has been explosive over the last several years.

For those who own them, electric bicycles are an obvious alternative to cars or motorcycles. While car and motorcycle owners have to sit in traffic and abide by strict laws, electric bikes are virtually unhindered. They can be ridden anywhere a regular bicycle can, and they can be as fast as (if not faster than) a high powered electric scooter. Best of all they are environmentally friendly, and with the right knowledge in hand, they can be transformed into rockets with pedals.

Consumers are met with many options when first setting out to purchase an electric bike. Unfortunately however, most of those options consist of low quality bikes mounted with weak motors and ineffective batteries. In an industry that has not yet quite gained its footing, high quality bikes that deliver massive power are extremely hard to find.

Answering the recent demand for high quality e-bikes, Greg Davey has recently released his EBook that takes users through the step by step process for building their own 50 MPH electric bicycle.

“After two years of research and testing I have finally finished this detailed manual so you can learn how to build your very own electric bike,” says Mr. Davey.

According to past students, the EBook cuts through all the fluff and gets straight to the core of how to build an e-bike. “It’s difficult to tell that Greg isn’t a professional mechanic,” says Mark Pissarro of Tempe, Arizona. “He provides in-depth descriptions for every element a high quality electric bike needs. He shows you how to get the most for your money and build a custom electric bike that will blow every other electric bike off the road.”

This sentiment seems to be shared by everyone who has downloaded Greg’s course. In fact, he is so confident in his tutorial that he is offering the first portion of his EBook absolutely free for the first takers. He believes that once people see how easy it is to build a super fast electric bicycle, they’ll jump at the chance to build one for themselves.

To learn more about the EBook “How to build a 50 mph electric bike,” or to grab the first portion of the book for free, please visit: http://www.fastelectricbike.com/

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Ottawa Ponders Partial EBike Ban

Ottawa Ponders Partial EBike Ban

Certain types of electric bicycles may be banned from National Capital Commission pathways across the city of Ottawa if proposed new rules regarding their use are approved this summer.

The rules would prohibit electric-powered vehicles on pathways with exception to power assisted bicycles that are physically similar to conventional bicycles.

“The overall aim for these measures is to promote user safety as speed continues to be an issue of concern,” said NCC land manager Jean Charbonneau.

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NCC ponders partial electric bike ban

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Ocean City woman gets ally in fight over electric bike

Ocean City woman gets ally in fight over electric bike

The Press of Atlantic CIty.com published an article last month: Ocean City woman gets ally in fight over electric bike.

I’m afraid on this occasion I have to side with the police. As you can see from the picture, she’s not riding an electric bike, she’s riding a scooter with pedals that can’t possibly work!

OCEAN CITY – A north-end resident who is in a feud with police over riding an electric-powered bicycle in town found an ally on City Council this week.

Councilman Keith Hartzell, who waged a similar fight with police in 2009 over his desire to ride a modified golf cart on the island, took up the cause for resident Denise Baj.

Baj, 51, was ticketed twice in the past year by police for riding her electric bicycle around town. Police issued court summonses for riding an unregistered motor vehicle.

Both tickets were dismissed on procedural technicalities, but court officials warned her that she could face identical charges if she rides the bike again.

“I feel like I’m being harassed,” Baj told City Council.

I think she should follow the law and get a license for her scooter. Read the complete article at decide for yourself.

Ocean City woman gets ally in fight over electric bike.

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Hi-Bird To Introduce E-Scooters

Hi-Bird To Introduce E-Scooters

New Delhi, India — Ludhiana-based bicycle maker Hi-Bird Safari Group on Monday announced its foray into the Rs 600 crore electric two wheeler market. The RD Sharma-promoted firm launched two electric scooters, priced at Rs 27,000 and Rs 28,900 in a bid to grab a share of the gradually expanding electric vehicle market.

“With rising prices of petrol, electric scooters are in line with the go-green goal and have been launched to complement efforts to reduce air pollution. We aim to sell 10,000 units of the two new scooters in 2010-11,” said RD Sharma, MD of Hi-Bird Safari Group. The firm is targeting revenue worth Rs 225 crore in 2011-12 against Rs 200 crore in 20010-11. The company will set up a separate network of 100 dealers to sell the electric two-wheelers.

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Hi-Bird enters electronic two wheelers biz

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PR: New Electric Bicycle Retailer Opens Doors in San Francisco

PR: New Electric Bicycle Retailer Opens Doors in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, March 17, 2011 –(PR.com)– As gas prices climb, and environmental challenges loom large, The New Wheel is opening a storefront to showcase the transportation solution of the future: electric bicycles.

With notorious hills, high gas prices, and scant and expensive parking options, San Francisco is the perfect place for the adoption of alternative transportation. Electric bicycles, or ebikes as they are often called, have emerged as a potentially revolutionary mode of transportation that combines the best aspects of bicycles and automobiles. Like a bicycle, ebikes are quiet, clean, and inexpensive to own and operate. And like an automobile, ebikes offer an easy and quick way of getting across town without working up a sweat. In short, ebikes take the hesitancy out of riding a bicycle, so more people can ride more often.

The New Wheel was founded in 2010 by Brett Thurber after graduating from the History Department at UC Berkeley. It began life as a mobile business that made “house calls” to its customers. Its unique business model and intriguing products were featured on the bike culture blog Commute by Bike for a series of interviews on the rise of commuter and electric bicycle shops: http://www.commutebybike.com/2011/01/27/the-rise-of-the-commuter-e-bike- specialist-shop-part-4/

The New Wheel’s newly opened showroom is sharing space with Dylan’s Tours at 782 Columbus Ave in San Francisco. The public can now head to North Beach, order a cappuccino at Café Roma or Café Trieste, and then come down to The New Wheel’s showroom for an incredible electric bicycle test ride up to Telegraph Hill.

The New Wheel hopes this new showroom will allow more people to experience the joy and revolutionary potential of electric bicycles.

For more information on The New Wheel and its products and to watch a short video on electric bicycles in San Francisco, please visit: http://www.newwheel.net

This press release comes from:
New Electric Bicycle Retailer Opens Doors in San Francisco

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Malaysian Ebikers Defend Their Rides

Malaysian Ebikers Defend Their Rides

Bill Moore over at EV World shared a letter from a Malaysian ebike rider:

The Star, Malaysia’s major daily newspaper reporting that a government agency is proposing that electric-assist bicycles be banned in the southeast Asian country, citing supposed safety concerns.

In response to that story, one of the paper’s readers, who happens to use an anonymous electric bicycle at the magnificent Batu Caves, whose entrance is guarded by a giant golden Buddha. He wrote the paper the following letter, which I have taken the liberty of reprint here, hoping neither he nor “Afterw0rdz” the photographer who posted the beautiful photograph of the Batu Cave entrance on Flickr will too strenuously object.

REFER to “Govt may ban electric bicycles” (The Star, March 10). Continuing to allow electric bicycles could result in higher risk of injury or death, Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha was quoted as saying.

Read the complete article at:
Electric Bicycles and Bath Water

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BionX Bikes – Video

BionX Bikes – Video

Here’s a video of the BionX Bike system, part of a kit you can use to electrify your bicycle on your own.

It was put together by the “Its Electric” online store, “carries the best complete conversion kits to modify your standard bicycle into an Electric Bicycle, as well as offering the best online resources for information on electric bicycles and conversion kits for our customers convenience. These systems are quick to install and simple to operate, and will revolutionize your cycling experience!”

http://us.itselectric.ca/ is the website.

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Ohm Cycles – Video

Ohm Cycles – Video

Take a look at the Ohm Electric-assist bicycle, with these videos uploaded at YouTube.

Features of Ohm include the Intelligent Drive System is a multi-functional LCD command console. The console features a Multi-function meter displaying your speed, remaining battery charge and level of assistance or regeneration. Backlit LCD screen to view during day or at night. Anti-theft alarm to protect your bike.

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Sale of Ebikes in the UK Sluggish

Sale of Ebikes in the UK Sluggish

From BikeBiz:

Electric bikes are selling in ‘tens of thousands’. Yet, here in the UK, uptake at retail level has been sluggish…

The result, as Carlton Reid and Mark Sutton discover, is an industry brainstorming session in the Midlands on how to get the market moving…

Despite its relative niche status when compared to many other sectors in cycling, electric bike firms are quite abundant in the UK. In fact, more than 40 suppliers and retailers attended the first Bicycle Association-organised meet held at the headquarters of the BEN, the automotive and associated industries charity, toward end of November.

This was not a meet for the firms accused of ‘loving and leaving’ sector. Many at the BA event will pull no punches when talking about how the sector’s reputation has been tainted by cheaply made imports in the past decade. Many feel the problems caused by a high number of returns and the complexity of the electric components turned dealers off the sector.

Read the complete article at:
REPORT: Bicycle Association electric bike conference

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Video: Wired Wheels

Video: Wired Wheels

From Scientific American:
The solution to traffic-clogged cities has long been thought to be more mass transit. For the past few years, however, engineers at General Motors have been looking at the problem of urban sprawl through a different lens, one that takes advantage of advances in electric-vehicle technology and wireless connectivity to enable a more personal mode of transportation that is faster and safer than a bicycle yet smaller and more environmentally friendly than an automobile.

Read the complete article at:
Wired Wheels: Taking a Spin in the Future of Urban Transportation

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How To Retrieve Your Electric Bike

How To Retrieve Your Electric Bike

This story is from the Global Times, and took place in Beijing:
A Beijing man whose electric bike was stolen on October 24 got it back the next day after going online to buy a new one and finding his for sale.
The man, surnamed Ye, said that after the bike was stolen, he left a message to an online seller of electric bikes and on October 25 received a reply that one was available.

Ye then asked for a photo of the bike and was shocked when he received it. It appeared to be his. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I wondered if it was a coincidence but after I learned more details, I knew it was mine.”

He bargained with the seller, surnamed Ye, and agreed on 1,000-yuan ($150) and a place to close the deal.

Later that day, Ye arrived to meet the seller, while at the same time a coworker of his had called police to tell them the story. They arrived also and caught thief and returned the bike to Ye.

Read the source article at: Outwitting a thief

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