What if you never had to plug in your electric bike for a charge? It looks like that could be a reality in the near future. The Dutch Solar Cycle is a new “S-Bike” that has solar panels built into both wheels to charge the e-bike battery. An electric bike is a lightweight electric vehicle […]
The Juggernaut is a new economical fat mid drive e-bike that has just launched on Kickstarter for an introductory price of $1,499! In case you are new to fat e-bikes they have 4” wide tires for riding over almost any terrain: sand, snow, rough, roads, etc. With the wide tires you can run extremely low tire pressures (5 to 35 psi) to contour over rough terrain and use the high volume tires as suspension. The new Juggernaut uses the Bafang mid drive system with a 48V 11.6ah lithium battery and a 500 watt mid drive motor.
Time for another e-bike news round up! What if you never had to plug in to charge your electric bike? For some that could be a reality with The Dutch Solar Cycle. It has solar panels built into the wheels so that it is always charging; even on cloudy days and when the panels are dirty. They claim that on a sunny day the battery can be fully charged in 4 to 6 hours. Mid drive electric bike systems are popular on a lot of bikes but most of them require a special frame mount at the bottom bracket area. Novatec has just announced a new mid drive motor that fits a traditional bottom bracket with the motor on the non-drive crank side. Their focus is to allow bike designers more freedom, especially with a full suspension frame.
Polaris is bringing a new line up of e-bikes to the US market for 2015. Some of the notable bikes are the Diesel DL818 with the wild “titanium oxide” color scheme and 2 new fat e-bikes: the Sabre EV505 and the Nordic EV 506. For 2015 Polaris has also made some significant changes to their electric assist system. Their lithium batteries are housed in the large toptube/downtube of the frame. Their pedal assist system reads your pedaling cadence and power output along with what gear you are in and blends that together to provide you with the proportional level of assist.
Are you looking for a luxurious e-bike to show off to your friends? Then checkout the Fuoriserie by Pininfarina; an Italian company that has designed Ferrari’s, Maserati’s and other luxurious automobiles. With that in mind it shouldn’t be a surprise when you hear that the Pininfarina Fuoriserie electric bike is priced at $11,300! Pininfarina worked with 43 Milano to create this elegant e-bike that uses the Zehus Bike+ all-in-one e-bike system.
BESV is an electric bike brand jumping into the US market with their futuristic looking e-bikes. Their sporty looking Lion LX1 has a unique look with curved tubing and some missing frame tubes?! Their Panther PS1 is a carbon fiber full suspension urban commuter with 20″ wheels. These BESV e-bikes feature 3 levels of torque sensing pedal assist in addition to their Smart Mode that “automatically adjust power levels so that you always stay in the comfort zone”. The following pictures are from the presentation of their bikes at Interbike, the largest bike show in the US.
e-Joe Electric Bikes is all about “making practical, affordable, high-quality electric bike for nearly everyone….an ebike for the average Joe” For 2015 they are introducing the new Koda that is a sporty commuter style e-bike with the battery integrated into the downtube of the frame. Their Anggun step thru commuter with a large 36V 16ah lithium battery has been updated to offer a few new features. e-Joe is also know for their EPIK SE & Lite economical folding electric bikes with the batteries integrated into the main frame tube.
It’s time for an electric bike news round up! How about a 6,000 mile electric bike trip to break the Guinness Record for longest e-bike trip? And try doing that with your family! Tomas Cortijo and Dylan Drake and their kids are currently on an e-bike tour from Montana to Maine and then down to Florida. Here is a news story about them and more info on their Kickstarter page.
Disclaimer: The Toyota i-ROAD is not an electric bike and it does not have a pedal power option. So why am I talking about it on Electric Bike Report? Because it is a small electric vehicle that could be a good transportation solution for those who are also interested in electric bikes. The i-ROAD combines a the conveniences of a car with the advantages of a bike/trike.
No Chain?! The Mando Footloose is an electric bike without a chain or belt or any other way for the cranks to directly power the rear wheel. When you turn the pedals electricity is generated and added to the battery which then powers the rear hub motor. The Mando Footloose is a series hybrid electric bike. Mando recently introduced the new Footloose IM that is similar to the original Footloose but it doesn’t fold and there are some other feature differences.
Electric bikes are great for zipping around town but what if want weather protection? Well, Virtue Bike 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. Right now the Pedalist is still in the prototype stage but Virtue Bike is planning to make it a reality soon with a Kickstarter campaign.
OHM Cycles has introduced their new 2015 electric bikes that includes their new XS750 Plus with 3.25″ wide off road tires & BionX D Series system. The XS750 Plus and the XS750 both use the new BionX D series 500 watt motor that provides a lot of torque and is designed for off road riding. OHM is still focused on commuter/touring style e-bikes too with their XU700 and XU700 LS (low step). Both of the road models also feature the BionX drive system. Enjoy the following video and pictures of the these new OHM Cycles e-bikes!
A solar electric cargo bike. It sounds futuristic! But the SunCycle is a real bike from NTS Works. I had a chance to catch up with the CEO of NTS Works, Neal Saiki, at Interbike and shoot a video of the innovative SunCycle solar e-cargo bike. In addition, Neal shows us their Fat Free e-bike that is designed for ease of use for almost any size rider. Enjoy the following video with Neal showing off the SunCycle and Fat Free: