E-Bike News: Richard Branson, Lightweight Kit, Carbon E-Bike, Solar Bicycle, E-Bike Share. [VIDEOS]

Richard BransonHUTTLIN E-Roadster 5 has an electric bike and says “these (electric) bicycles could be used more in urban settings, cutting commute times and hopefully encouraging more people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes.

According to a new e-bike study, “People travel twice as much on the electric bike, both in terms of kilometres, amount of trips, and as part of the total transportation”.

A study from Lund University of Copenhagen has determined that it is 6 times more expensive to travel by car than by [Read more…]

Electric Cargo Bike Guide [VIDEOS]

Spicy-Curry-riding-sideOne of the recent developments in the electric bike and traditional bicycle world has been the cargo or utility bike.

Cargo bikes are designed to carry loads that are larger and heavier than a traditional bicycle can carry like passengers, many bags of groceries, boxes, etc.

Electric cargo bikes offer an additional electric assist to the rider which allows them to carry a heavier load for a longer distance.

The electric cargo bike in many cases is a great alternative to driving a car for running errands and commuting to work.

Benefits of an Electric Cargo Bike

The average person who takes the kids to school, commutes to work, and needs to run errands around town can use this type of bike without getting too [Read more…]

New E-Bikes: Zap, Karmic, Kalkhoff, Yamaha, Vintage, Solar Bike, & More!

Zap Urban electric bikeTime for another e-bike news round up!

There are a lot of new electric bikes that have recently hit the market.

First up are 2 new electric bikes from Zap Bikes; the Urban and the Cross.

They have a claimed weight of 38 lbs and 41 lbs, which is pretty light for an e-bike! The 36V 8.7ah lithium battery pack has a low and centered location for good weight distribution and [Read more…]

New Yuba Spicy Curry Mid Drive Electric Cargo Bike [VIDEO & PICS]

yuba spicy curry electric cargo bike 2The Yuba Spicy Curry, what a great name for an electric cargo bike.

The name is a play on words because this electric cargo bike has been developed with a partnership between Yuba Bicycles (cargo bike experts) and Currie Technologies (e-bike experts).

Yuba Bicycles is well known for their popular Mundo and Boda Boda cargo bikes that come in their traditional configuration or with electric assist.

The Spicy Curry is their new e-cargo bike that has been designed with [Read more…]

Raleigh Misceo iE Electric Bike Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]

raleigh misceo electric bike 1The Raleigh Misceo iE is one sporty and high-tech electric bike!

This is the first e-bike in the U.S. to feature the Shimano STePS mid drive system and it also includes the Shimano Di2 electronic shifting system for the Alfine 8 internally geared rear hub.

The Misceo iE has the efficient ride of a road bike with a stable feel thanks to the [Read more…]

Virtue Pedalist: The Car Like Electric Trike [VIDEO & PICS]

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 5.01.15 PMElectric bikes are great for zipping around town but what if you want weather protection?

Well, Virtue Cycles has the answer with their Pedalist semi-enclosed electric trike.

The Pedalist is an upright (not recumbent) e-trike with an enclosure that looks somewhat car-like.

The full electric version of the Pedalist comes with a 750W mid drive motor & 48v 32A lithium battery with a stated range of 50+ miles per charge!
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E-Bike Factory Tours in China: Aima & More, Plus China North Bike Show – Part 5 [VIDEOS]

IMG_5712In this final report from the ExtraEnergy and CBA e-bike industry tour of China you will get a closer look at a few more bike & e-bike manufacturer’s along with some pictures of the e-bikes and e-scooters from the China North Bike Show.

Here’s an intro to the manufacturer’s that we visited.

Aima is one of the larger electric bike manufacturer’s in China. They made 4 million e-bikes [Read more…]

E-Bike Factory Tours in China: Bafang Motor & King Meter Display – Part 4

bafang motors productionDuring the ExtraEnergy and China Bicycle Association e-bike factory tours we had the opportunity to visit the Bafang Motor Company and the King Meter display company headquarters.

Bafang motors are found on many electric bikes all over the world. While we were there I had a chance to ride their new Max mid drive system!

King Meter is one of the largest [Read more…]

Raleigh Misceo iE w/ Shimano STePS Mid Drive: Pictures & Specs

raleigh misceo electric bikeThe Raleigh Misceo iE just arrived for testing and review and it is the first electric bike in the U.S. to feature the new Shimano STePS mid drive system!

In addition, the Misceo iE also has the high tech Shimano Di2 electronic shifting for the Alfine 8 speed internally geared rear hub. [Read more…]

E-Bike Battery Factory Tours in China: Tianneng, Phylion, & Lishen – Part 3 [VIDEOS]

IMG_5461During the ExtraEnergy and China Bicycle Association e-bike factory tours we had the opportunity to visit 3 major e-bike battery companies in China.

Here’s a little intro to each company that we visited.

Tianneng Battery claims to have 40% market share for LEV & e-bike batteries. They make a lot of lead acid batteries but they are in the process of expanding their lithium battery production.

Phylion Battery claims to be the second largest lithium battery pack supplier for the electric bike market in Europe. They have a cloud based diagnostic tool that helps them troubleshoot battery issues remotely.

Lishen Battery makes lithium batteries for high tech companies like Apple, Samsung, Motorola, [Read more…]