Electric bikes, like most “green” innovations, got a slow start and have gradually been picking up speed, with more and more companies getting into the act.
These companies can be small, garage-based, producing limited edition bikes to a select clientele, or they can be new divisions from the old standby bike manufacturers.
Here’s an overview of two of the main electric bike manufacturers headquarted in Japan:
Sanyo’s line is the Eneloop. There are 16 models, all without a top tube, to make it easy for women to mount and dismount. Prices range from 136,290 yen to 91,140 yen.
Bridgestone’s line consists of the Albelt, a motor-assisted bike for kids to use for school commuting, and the Assista Stila L, for the average bike rider.