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Indian Company Working on First Hybrid Two-Wheeler

Indian Company Working on First Hybrid Two-Wheeler

The ET-120, which combines an electric motor with a petrol engine, is expected to go on sale in May, 2010 from India’s Eko Vehicles.
Is it a motorcycle, a scooter, or a moped? It’s hard to say, but the Bangalore-based electric vehicle manufacturer has launched what’s being called India’s first hybrid two-wheeler.

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India’s first hybrid two-wheeler coming soon?

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The Future of Hybrid Bicycles is Here

The Future of Hybrid Bicycles is Here

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Denver, Colorado – Bicycle manufacturer Giant has introduced their Twist Freedom DX hybrid bicycle.

Most electric bicycles are heavy – you’re tooling around with a battery and a motor – and if you try to pedal up even a slight incline, the average rider can find this difficult.

The Giant Twist Freedom DX is a pedelec. This means the motor doesn’t provide any power unless the operator is actually pedaling. However, the motor does provide enough power to get you up those hills without over-exerting yourself.

Read more about the Twists Freedom at Examiner.com.

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Japan Embracing Hybrid Bicycles

Japan Embracing Hybrid Bicycles

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Japan - Japan’s greying population is embracing the motor-assisted “hybrid” bicycle. Well, other segments of the population are as well, of course, as the growing interest in the green movement is taking hold, and more and more people are searching for helathy exericise options.

Yamaha Motor offers test events where media can test ride their bikes. No need to bring toddlers along, riders can zoom up hills using one or two 10-kg tanks of water to simulate children.

Japanese hybrid bikes require no license, because the motor switches off once the bicycle reaches the 24 km/hour legal limit for assisted riding.

Read the complete article at Reuters: Raw Japan.

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Bikes Beat Cars in 6th Annual Commuter Race

Bikes Beat Cars in 6th Annual Commuter Race

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San Jose, CA. Bike to Work hosted its sixth annual Commuter Race on Tuesday, May 12, 2009.

A hybrid bicycle competed against a Toyota Prius hybrid, a Zenn all electric car, a regular bicycle and a tandem bike duo.

All the bikes beat the cars by a good 10-20 minutes during the treasure hunt-style race that began at the intersection of Front and Cooper streets, made stops at The Buttery on Soquel and Branciforte avenues and again at New Leaf Market on 41st Avenue before crossing the finish line at the tiki on the Capitola Esplanade.

The tandem team came in first place with a time of 22 minutes.  The Zenn came in fourth place at 42 minutes, followed two minutes later by the Prius.

While there have been a couple of years where cars came in first place, the race was meant to show how efficient bike commuting can be, as well as to promote a cycling as a healthy commute solution both for people’s bodies and the environment, race organizers said. The cyclists were able to maneuver around cars and traffic, while the two cars were stuck.

All the race participants chose their own route.  The rules were to follow road laws and be safe.

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Sanyo Releases Hybrid Bicycle

Sanyo Releases Hybrid Bicycle

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Tokyo: Wednesday, April 22, 2009 — The Japanese firm Sanyo announced that it had released a hybrid bicycle, which is powered by an Eneloop battery.

The SY-SPG226 has broad wheels, a large front basket and a rack at the rear to carry extra large items. Its range is 85 kilometres, however the battery re-charges when the rider coasts down hills. The bike is not specifically called a “men’s” bike, as it has no crossbar.

The Japanese government eased its laws on the power of electric-powered bicycles at the end of last year, which makes ebikes more attractive because they are allowed to go faster. The electric motor allows a ratio of motor to pedal power of two to one.

The number of electric powered bicycles sold in Japan grew 20 percent in 2008. The reasons for this are two fold – in reaction to higher fuel prices, and also because consumers see them as greener than motorbikes.

Sanyo’s competition consists of Yamaha, Bridgestone and Panasonic. Panasonic is on pace to acquire Sanyo later this year.

Source:
www.e-life-sanyo.com/eneloopbike

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