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England’s Western Lake District To Be Equipped With E-Bikes

England’s Western Lake District To Be Equipped With E-Bikes

The West Cumbria Electric Bicycle Network was launched by new business Muncaster Cycles on August 1. The scheme, which allows visitors to travel sustainably using electric bikes, is based at Muncaster Castle. The electric bikes allow riders to cycle normally, but have a battery-powered engine which can be used when the rider gets tired, or it gets too hilly.

Read the complete article at: Electric bike scheme heads out west

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UK: Smart Electric Bike Available To Pre-Order Now

UK: Smart Electric Bike Available To Pre-Order Now

A press release from the Auto Channel: Smart Electric Bike Available To Pre-Order Now
MILTON KEYNES, UNITED KINGDOM – May 7, 2012: The smart electric bike can now be ordered exclusively through smart Retailers ahead of its launch in late May.

With the arrival of the smart ebike, the iconic smart brand reinforces its position as the pioneers of electric mobility. Continuing the unmistakeable style of the brand, the high tech and environmentally friendly smart ebike is extremely efficient for use in towns and cities.

The smart ebike is a pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle), which is strictly speaking a hybrid vehicle.

Developed and built in conjunction with electric bike experts GRACE, the smart ebike expands the e-product portfolio of the smart brand and with its innovative design is a true smart on two wheels.

Such is the groundbreaking design of the smart ebike that it has already won a top industry award. In the prestigious red dot design awards, the smart ebike eclipsed more than 4,500 products from 58 countries to win the red dot ‘best of the best’ prize for top design quality.

The smart ebike’s power is generated by a 200 watt BionX electric motor in the rear wheel hub, that is switched on as soon as the rider selects one of four power levels of assistance and starts pedalling. Muscle power is transformed into pedal power to the rear wheel via a maintenance-free, carbon belt drive. The power levels, which determine how much the rider’s muscle power is supported by the electric motor, can be set via the detachable BionX control panel.

Elegantly integrated into the stem, the BionX control panel also shows the battery charge status and through a scrolling display the total distance covered, journey distance, riding time, average speed and time. The smart ebike’s LED lights are also switched on and off via the BionX control panel.

Depending on the power level selected and how the rider cycles, a charge from the 423 Wh lithium-ion battery can deliver a range of up to 62 miles. The portable battery can be charged either on or off the bike, the latter by a conventional plug socket. It can also be charged by recuperating braking energy where the wheel hub motor becomes a generator when the rider brakes.

In addition, riders can charge their mobile devices while on the move by using the smart ebike’s USB interface. The convenience of using such devices, for example when accessing a satellite navigation function, can be enhanced through the fitting of an optional smartphone cradle.

The aluminium-framed smart ebike has 26-inch wheels and its striking appearance is enhanced through the choice of two colour combinations – crystal white/energy green and dark grey matt/flame orange.

The smart ebike weighs 26kg and high-quality components guarantee dynamic, safe and fun cycling. The MT4 disc brakes from Magura are fitted at the front and rear.

Gary Savage, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “Following the success of the smart electric drive, the smart ebike is a natural progression for smart and epitomises the values of the brand in providing fun, efficient and individual transport.

“Its ease of use and versatility make the smart ebike suitable for all riders and with the demand for electric bikes ever increasing, the smart ebike means that smart continues its forward-thinking and unrivalled approach to urban mobility.”

The smart ebike is priced at £2,495 including VAT. It comes complete with a two-year warranty.

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Asthma Suffer Enjoys Ebiking

Asthma Suffer Enjoys Ebiking

Chandler’s Ford, England — WITH the chance of saving more than £300 a year on fuel and £700 on parking, it was a simple decision to ditch the car on the daily commute for this Hampshire cyclist.

Phil Player, 50, from Linden Grove, Chandler’s Ford, was paying out more than a thousand pounds a year on petrol to drive the eight mile round trip to Southampton Airport Parkway station and park there at a cost of £11 a day.

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Cyclist Phil Players saves £1,000 a year in fuel and car costs

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Best Buy Opens Up About E-Bikes

Best Buy Opens Up About E-Bikes

Bicycle Retailer and Industry News interviewed Chad Bell, Best Buy’s transportation new business solutions group leader.

Best Buy has been selling electric vehicles for less than a year, but has opened an additional 16 LEV departments to bring its total to 36. And it’s adding heavier electric vehicles (EV) like electric micro cars to its electric vehicle product mix, which suggests the company is more than mildly encouraged by its early success.

Since the original roll out in California, Oregon and New York City, electric vehicle departments have opened in Illinois, Florida and Texas. The company also will experiment and open a few heavy electric vehicle only departments.

“New electric vehicle technologies are hitting the market and we want to introduce them to our customers. So it’s exciting to see if they are something our customers want,” Bell said.

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Best Buy Opens Up About E-Bikes

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England and E-bikes

England and E-bikes

electric-bike-londonTech Generation Daily (TG Daily) recently reported that England is starting to warm up to e-bikes.

More and more individuals who couldn’t face biking up hill on a regular bike are beginning to embrace the e-bike, which makes the process relatively easy.

Presently the market appears to be split into three general sectors, says TG Daily. “The first type is effectively nothing more than a child’s scooter with a little electric motor attached. These are for fun and/or kids and are priced accordingly.”

See link for complete article:

Electric bikes impress English folk.

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Go Go Gocyle in England

Go Go Gocyle in England

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London, England — the gocycle is a brand new, sleek electric bike. It is a”a revolutionary, lightweight electric two-wheeler designed to shake up the urban cycling industry with its sleek design and pioneering technology.”

Helen Pidd tests the new Gocycle electric bicycle. Photograph: Martin Godwin

The gocycle is like any other bicycle, except it has a red button on the left handebar. That triggers the electricity, and the bike quietly continues on without benefit of pedaling.

The Gocycle manufacturers note that riders can obtain 20 miles out of a single battery charge.

When the battery does die, the bicycle still functions, of course.

It takes three hours to recharge the battery, by simply plugging it into the mains (or an outlet, as they say in the U.S..

Cost: £1198 – but it could be £599 if bought using a voucher from the government’s Cycle to Work Scheme

Pros: Powers ther rider up even steep hills. The bike can be taken to bits quite easily and transported in a carry case.

Cons: Too heavy for carrying up or down stairs very often. With its price tag, fear of theft is a big concern.

Links: gocycle.com

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Organizing the First Zero-Carbon Grand Prix

Organizing the First Zero-Carbon Grand Prix

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England — The law firm Eversheds has been appointed as the sole adviser to the TIXGP, the organiser of the world’s first zero-carbon grand prix, which will take place on the Isle of Man TT circuit in June 2009.

They are advising the TIXGP on all aspects of the race, from a legal standpoint, including sponsorship, staging, merchandising, and broadcast rights.

“There are some complicated IP issues around the use of the TT marks,” poinrted out Phil Sherrell. “There’s ­corporate work to do on investment into the race and the usual licensing stuff such as T-shirts and broadcast rights.”

This carbon-free event at the race is expected to be successful – as the race already has over 20 entrants. The motorcyles in the race can use electric power, fuel cells or non-carbon fuel.

TTXGP is also the manufacturer of the world’s fastest clean energy motorbike, which can reach speeds of 125 miles per hour, called the TTX01. The cycle is powered by two electric motors.

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