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…]

EGO-Kits Gravel Battle: E-Bike Racing Limited Only By Imagination [VIDEO]

ego kits electric bike race 4By Paul Willerton.

“The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, he understood, but to be with each other.” – Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Electric bike racing is not “coming” – it’s here. Time will of course tell whether or not it has truly “arrived”, but make no mistake, we are sure to see a lot more in the months – let alone years – ahead.

Of course it was the highly skilled, fun loving Austrians who kicked things off with the “EGO Gravel Battle 2015”, an event they are calling the “World’s 1st Extreme E-Bike Race”.

Judging by the video [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…]

Sea Otter Classic 2015. The Year of Center Drive Motors [VIDEOS & PICS]

go fat carbon electric bikeBy Doug Schwartz.

This year’s Sea Otter Classic was the year of the center drive (mid drive) motor.

Not that there wasn’t strong representation of hub motors by Bionx, BESV, IZIP, Specialized, and others. It seems that the focus of this year’s Sea Otter Classic was companies introducing new models with [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…]

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…]

Electric Bike Highlights from the Taipei Cycle Show – Part 4

square battery electric bikeIn this forth part of the Taipei Cycles Show highlights there are the innovative e-bikes from Stromer, Klever Mobility, Peugeot, BESV, and Dahon. 

In addition Extra Energy and LEVA presented their industry awards at the show.

You will also see some of the e-bike components and [Read more…]

Electric Bike Highlights from the Taipei Cycle Show – Part 3

diavelo carbon electric bike step thru frameIn this third part of the Taipei Cycles Show highlights there are more fat e-bikes hitting the market, the rise of Shimano STEPS, a look at the Yamaha mid drive, new eflow e-bikes with the Continental mid drive, Diavelo carbon e-bikes, and the new Eden e-bikes. [Read more…]