In this video, an IZIP representative talks about the IZIP. The IZIP has a חеw lithium ion-powered Express electric bicycle.
–Real Transportation at Speeds up to 20+ mph / 32+ km (Rider Weight, Rider Input and Terrain Contingent) in Turbo Mode
–Plush, Easy Riding Comfort Bike Design with Modern Electric Hybrid Performance
–36v18Ah Lithium-ion Battery Pack with Advanced Battery Management System for High Performance and Extended Range
–Designed to Effortlessly Climb Hills and Cover Long Distance
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!)
Bristol, England — Motorcycle News reports that Team Blackswan are developing several electric motorcycle projects. In particular, they inded to build a 1000bhp lithium electric drag bike.
This drag bike is being used as a rolling test-bed to develop the powerplant for the boat (they want to beat the speed record for an electric powered boat) and car (ditto) and to take on the Americans Kilacycle which “in Scotty Pollacheck’s hands has run a 7.89s @ 168mph standing quarter-mile.”
Tom Mudra and Hans Tobias Schicktanz, two ebike designers from Germany, have introduced teh “Mosquito”, a bike that features a lithium-battery powered electric motor and which has a total range of about 37 miles. It’s top speed is 31 mph. What’s really cool, the frame cover of the Mosquito can be crafted from carbon fiber, wood or plastic.
June, 2009: Engadget reviewed the Brammo Enertia electric motorcycle, on the streets of New York City.
The reviewer called it a “little economy cruiser that won’t top 50 on a downhill with a tailwind, but with its single headlight, tapered seat, and chopped tail it looks more cafe than commuter. It’s rather more aesthetically-minded than the Zero S, too”. The Enertia is priced at $11,995 to start.
Brakes were rated as good. Horsepower was rated at just 13.7, with torque ay 31 ft/lbs. That’s about half the output of the Zero S. The cycle weights 280 total.
This bike isn’t for the highway, either, or make a daily commute of more than 45 miles. That’s the conservative maximum range if you maintain an average speed of just 25 mph. The bike has six lithium phosphate batteries, which take three hours to charge and are rated for 35,000 miles. Brammo estimates that these batteries will have a 10 years life span.
eZeebike USA announced Wednesday that it is expanding its eZee brand of electric bicycles into the American market. The bikes are already popular in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
The eZeebike bicycles are available in six states–California, Oregon, New Hampshire, Maryland, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Their plans are to open more eZee flagship stores across the country in due course.
The cheapest model of the eZee bicycle costs around $2,000.
Each eZee bicycle has a rechargeable battery. The range of their batteries is about 20 miles, and they can hit speeds of 20 mph. It take five hours to recharge the battery.
The eZee line includes beach cruisers; serious performance bikes for off-road cycling; electric tricycles; and a compact foldable model designed to fit in the trunk of a car. They all come standaerd with high-quality lithium polymer batteries and premium components.
Ithaca, New York — Ithaca has a lot of hills. Lots of hills.
Currie Technologies IZIP hybrid-electric bicycle would seem to be an ideal solution to tackle Ithaca’s terrain.
The IZIP is an electric-assist bike — you can’t ever stop pedaling, it just gives you a little extra oomph to help you get up those steep hills.
The IZIP is heavy – it weighs 50lbs — so that electric assist is definitely needed on steep climbs.
The bike has a bike light in the front and room for a basket behind. It comes equipped with front and back disc brakes. Its power source is a 24V10a Lithium-ion Battery Pack. The battery pack is built into the frame – the battery pack panniered over the rear wheel that gives the game away is a thing of the past with the IZIP. (Well, until they see the instrument panel!)
San Francisco, California — David Chiu, president of California’s Board of Supervisors, doesn’t have a car, but rather used to use a normal bike to make it to his meetings on time.
“I have anywhere from 8 to 15 events every day, sometimes more than that, and to get to different places is incredibly difficult. My district also has some of the most intense hills. So I’ve got Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill, and to hit the hills with the suit that I’m usually in is extremely difficult.”
Bicycling pioneer Gary Fisher brought two of Trek’s new electric bikes to City Hall (they are not yet available in the U.S.), which he is loaning to Chiu and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.
The 45-pound bikes run on a lithium-ion battery, and can climb San Francisco’s steepest hills at 14 miles an hour.
According to Gary Fisher: “It uses the pedalic system from Panasonic and they’ve had that for over 20 years. It’s a really great, intuitive system for an electric bike because you still have to ride it. You know, you don’t get any energy out of it unless you put energy into the pedals, which is sort of a beautiful thing. In addition, the motor on this has the capability of developing energy too so it turns into a generator when you want it to.”
Fisher points out that electric bikes are more reliable now, with a lighter weight set-up, that battery technology has improved and the motors have a lot more low-end torque.
Trek intends to introduce the e-bikes for sale sometime in August.
Fort Collins, Colorado — RunAbout Cycles, Inc. , which has just moved from Memphis, Tennessee to Fort Collins, offers a “electric-human-hybrid” tricycle.
The new shop at 517 A North Link Lane, designs, builds and sells electronically assisted recumbent tricycles.
The tricycles range in price from $3,000 to $6,000. They are powered by lithium ion batteries, with an estimated 40 mile range. The harder a rider pedals the more power they get out of the reclined frame, which enables riders to sit back while peddling upwards of 20 miles-per-hour.
Josh Kerson, president and CEO, started the company in 2005 after spending 20 years in the biking industry, including racing mountain bikes and managing bike and ski shops in Park City, UT.
Kerson was inspired to start his business in 1999 when he visited a bike trade show, where Shimano had a small display of electric bikes that were not available in the U.S.
“We are helping people be stronger and leave their cars behind. We are seeing a real surge in electric bike technology because of the new lithium ion batteries.”
Kerson said Fort Collins was hands-down one of the most bike friendly communities in the country as far as bike lanes and accepting bikers. While other shops in town may sell electric bikes, Kerson owns the only dedicated electric bike shop in town.
London, England — Halfords has reached an agreement with Urban Mover to be the exclusive online retailers of the Urban Mover range of electric bicycles. They will be sold at Halfords.com. The range will still be stocked at IBDs in the UK, however.
The full range will be available online, including the £769.99 UM44L – the cheapest in the range.
TheUM26S Premium Folding Electric Bike, available for £929.99, features five-speed Sturmey Archer hub gears, full suspension and an advanced Dahon folding mechanism, making the bike a perfect solution for inner city commuting or those with limited storage space.
The top bike in the range is at £1149.99 with the UM44S Hybrid. This model provides 40 miles from a single charge to the Panasonic Lithium battery.
Germany – Two German engineers, without any external technological help or financial support, have developed an electric bike. The Elmoto is powered by a 2KW engine and has a driving range of up to 65km with a single battery charge (which costs around $1).
The frame is aluminum, so the bike weighs just 45kg, and drivers can go as fast as 45km/h. The lithium-ion battery-powered Elmoto is being marketed as a “green” vehicle since it doesn’t emit carbon dioxide. German customers don’t even need to have a driver’s license to use it, but this may be different in other countries in the EU.
The developers of the Elmoto hope to ship 100 units by the end of this year and then significantly boost sales in 2010. The e-bike costs $5,700.
New York, New York – Craig Bramscher is the inventor of the Brammo Enertia , an 18-horsepower electric motorcycle with a top speed of 55 miles an hour. The bike was unveiled in New York on June 9, 2009.
The Brammo Enertia, an electric motorcycle with a top speed of 55 m.p.h.
The 280-pound Enertia is available for pre-order at $11,995, and is eligible for a 10 percent federal tax credit.
Deliveries of the Enertia are scheduled to begin in early July. The bike is going to be sold at Best Buy.
Gasoline costs will be a thing of the past. The motorcycle’s on-board charger plugs into a standard 110-volt outlet and recharge the lithium-ion batteries in less than four hours.
The Enertia is made, in part, from recycled materials. Though parts come from around the world, Mr. Bramscher said he wanted to make assembling the bike in the United States economically feasible.
Iowa University — As part of the University’s Live Green initiative, staff at Iowa State University are commuting to work on electric bicycles. The company X-Treme Scooters, located in Newton, is loaning about 100 ISU employees electric bikes for the week (June 1, 2009). .
Bicyclists riding electric bikes
Rider Patty Gibler told an interviewer that she hopes the electric bike motivates her in a way no other bike has. She said, “I live close to campus. I’ve also wanted to bike and never had the motivation.”
She’s pedaling to work this week with about one hundred other Iowa State University employees.
The XE300LI is an extreme bike with a lithium battery that takes its rider about 25 miles with one charge, at a speed of 20 miles per hour.
The electric bikes cost between $1,200 and $1,500. X-Treme Scooters in Newton started selling the X-Treme bikes this year.
Bridgestone Cycle, headquarted in Tokyo, has developed a new electric bicycle model that has an assisted travel range of up to 30km with a single charge, up to 30% more than what their previous model reached.
The Vegas E.A. features 20-inch wheels and a 2.9Ah lithium ion battery. Frame colors include beige, red/beige and black.
The Vegas E.A. goes on sale in Japan only, on May 20.
At the International Bike Trade Show (IFMA) in Cologne, Germany last September (2008) the ELMOTO HR-2 was debuted. It combines the best qualities of a bicycle and an electric scooter.
This light electric vehicle (LEV) is designed and built in Germany and will debut in the European market in July 2009.
It is built on an aluminum frame, and uses 33 lb ft of torque from a brushless 1.7 kW motor to take riders up to about 30 mph . It’s lithium battery pack has a range of 40 miles and recharges to 80 per cent in 2 hours.
It also comes with Marzocchi 888 suspenders up front and dual oil-spring shocks in the back. It also has an instrument panel that tracks speed, battery capacity and remaining range.
In Europe, cost is expected to be €3340 ($4,389) before tax and shipping.
The bike will be available in the USA by Spring 2010 at the latest.
April, 2009 — Ultra Motor Ltd. has launched in The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and the UK . The people behind the company – CEO Joe Santana (photo left) and President Joe Bowman – both have a background in the financial/investor sector. Santana also holds an interest in a company that produces windmills.
Santana’s interest in electric vehicles developed from his relationship with the windmill compnay, which eventually brought him team up with Ultra Motor and Joe Bowman. He brought his extensive background in engineering, marketing and management to Ultra Motor in October 2008.
Ultra Motor Ltd. is a globally operating Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) company, which was founded seven years ago. They started out in the US and Indian markets, and have now expanded to Europe.
Ultra Motor’s e-Bikes are different from the ones we are used to.
According to Joe Bowman: “We think from scratch as we need to be innovative. So, we don’t have e-Bikes that are in fact bicycles with e-kits bolted on them. Our designs are focused on making vehicles that stand out and are between bicycles and scooters.”
Ultra Motor takes care ofthe design, marketing and branding; their e-Bikes (as well as e-Scooters) are manufactured in Taiwan.
The A2B Metro is currently Ultra Motor’s top model. It has a box-shaped frame and almost all cables neatly tucked inside. There is an overall weight of 31.1 kg. It comes with a lithium ion power pack that enables a total range of about 35 kilometers; with an extra power pack this is extendable to about 70 kilometers. The recommended consumer price is about 2,300 euro.
Ultra Motor also offers a bicycle-styled e-Bike which retails for about 2,000 euro. This will soon be followed with a third model specifically targeting European markets.
SAN JOSE, California — Zero Motorcycles had invited 50 people to ride 10 of its Zero X electric motorcross bikes for 24 hours straight. The company wanted to prove that these new battery-powered bikes are every bit as competitive as those burning fossil fuel.
Dirt rider Brandon Savory was among 50 riders taking part in the Zero X electric motorcycle “24 Hours of Electricross” endurance race. Everything went great, although Savory had a minor mishap at the end of the race that in no way diminished his love of the motorcycle (though it made him very grateful for his helmet.)
The Santa Cruz startup leads a growing field of companies hoping to shake up the motorcycle industry by offering electric bikes to the masses. As electric motorcycles from Zero, Brammo and Vectrix catch on, big players like KTM and Honda are ramping up plans for green bikes of their own.
The Zero X is available now for $7,450. It weighs in at 150 pounds, delivers as much as 40 miles on a charge from a lithium-ion battery, and with a 23-horsepower motor can hit 57 mph (and throw up a big spray of dirt getting there). It offers the same power as a 250-cc gasoline powered bike, and has 50 foot-pounds of torque.
Off-road bikes lend themselves to electric power because they’re typically ridden short distances, so range isn’t a huge issue. Electric motors also provide loads of torque, a big plus in motocross riding. The Zero X produces power instantaneously, which can catch you off guard because the bike is all but silent. Snap the throttle too hard and you’ll lift the front wheel.
Highland County, VA – The Norton Electra Project provides motorcyle lovers with a way to conserve resources and looks to develop an electric motorcycle design.
Lawyer and motorcycle enthusiast Brian Richardson has built an electric motorcycle in his kitchen. His idea to build an electric motorcycle came about in September 2008, after he viewed the documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car?” which follows the 1990s creation and then discontinuation of electric cars in California.
Richardson said the movie angered him and made him want to build an electric motorcycle in his kitchen, “just to show how easy it is.”
With no formal training in engineering, Richardson is learning as he goes. “I’m an attorney,” he said. “Most of this stuff is kind of foreign to me.” The most experience that he can claim is a general interest in tinkering with machinery and skills.
He chose for the motorcycle’s frame, a Norton Featherbed, which was famous for racing during the 1950s and 1960s. The motorcycle itself, which Richardson refers to as a Norton Electra, is named after a 1960s Norton model.
The Britain-based Norton Motorcycle Company, which was shut down in the late 20th century, has recently reopened with new leadership, and Richardson said he has been in communication with the company’s new owner and hopes he will come take a look at the bike later this year.
Richardson used lithium ion batteries from China and a motor that allows for power regeneration.
The motorcycle is not only fast, but silent. Other than the benefits of not using gas, one of the positive features Richardson pointed out is its quiet ride. Gas-powered motorcycles allows one to ride in a natural environment, but the noise generated is a drawback.
The world’s first all-electric 24-hour endurance motocross race will be held held in California on April 4, 2009
This is just one in a long line of upcoming “zero emissions events.” For example the world is looking for ward to the zero-emissions TT Grand Prix on the Isle of Man in June.
Off-road specialists Zero Motorcycles are gearing up for the race, which will be held at San Jose’s 408MX Motocross Track. Since this is the first time for such a race, a lot of world records will be set. Ah, but how long will they last?
Zero’s own ‘X’ – a 150-pound, 23hp, 50 ft-lbs motocrosser with an advanced lithium battery pack that can deliver up to 2 hours of power will be featured. The bike costs USD$7,750 shipped to your door, and additional battery packs, which charge in less than 2 hours, are just under USD$3,000.
It’s a little more expensive than a regular gasoline-powered 250, but then it basically requires no servicing, and can be upgraded with new batteries and software any time they become available. It’s also virtually silent.