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E-Bike News: Hydrogen Fuel Cell, Mainstream Media, E-Bike Share Program & More!

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A hydrogen fuel cell powered e-bike called the Gitane Alter Bike uses replaceable (and recyclable) energy cartridges that eliminates the need for a traditional charger!  This system would allow you to travel long distances by installing new cartridges.  You wouldn’t have to wait for your battery to charge.  Pretty interesting….

A writer for the LA Times recently got a Pedego City Commuter and has realized the benefits of e-bike commuting compared to commuting by car.  This kind of mainstream media is great for getting more people excited about e-bikes.

Speaking of the mainstream media, the Chicago Tribune recently ran an article about electric bikes growing in popularity around the US and the world.

And here is an article about e-bikes in The Street, a financial news website.  I like the title “The Digital Skeptic: Best Battery-Powered Car May Be a Bike”

Ed Benjamin states that “The bicycle industry and not the automotive business has successfully commercialized and made substantial profits from electric vehicles with more than 150 million units in use daily.”  It is an interesting article comparing the bicycle industry to the automotive industry.

Speaking of Ed Benjamin, here is an article he wrote on the different types of electric bike batteries and tips for proper battery care.

Ed is on a roll!  Here is his article on high speed electric bikes pushing the legal limits in the US.

Time for some fun; e-biking to bike prom?  Yes, you will have to check it out!

There may be an electric bike share program in Edinburgh Scotland soon.  E-bike share programs could be a great solution for urban transportation.

Should bicyclists and advocates encourage friends and family to use electric bikes and why? I think you will like the answer :)

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The Revelo LIFEbike is an interesting twist on electric bike design.  It has the cranks attached directly to the front wheel.  They currently are selling their bikes through a Indiegogo campaign.

Checkout this video of some of the new European electric bikes; one of them has the battery housed in the fork!

Stromer recently opened a new service center in San Francisco, California.

Currie Technologies has an e-bike savings calculator so that you can see how quickly your e-bike can pay itself off if you replace some car trips with an e-bike.

Electric bikes are facing tough times in New York State and New York City but there is hope with 2 measures that could turn things around for e-bikes in the Empire State.

There is some controversy regarding some test results and test methods of e-bikes in Germany.

Here is a guide to cheap electric bikes (~$1,000 and less) that includes economical e-bikes, e-bike kits, and e-trailers.  It also has some tips on ways to find good deals on used e-bikes.

Even though traditional bike sales are down in Italy, e-bikes sales are up!

Alec Burney from E-Bike Kit put together this article on the differences between direct drive and geared hub motors for electric bikes.  This may help you understand which motor is best for your riding needs.

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned for more e-bike news!

-Pete

P.S. Don’t forget to join the Electric Bike Report community for updates from the electric bike world, plus ebike riding and maintenance tips!


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  1. Don DiCostanzo June 11, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    Not the first fuel cell bike. We built one a few years ago. They do work buy to commercially viable.

    http://www.treehugger.com/cars/why-you-want-a-hydrogen-powered-fuel-cell-e-bike.html

    Problem is the cost of the fuel cells are more that if you were to buy gas for a fuel thirsty SUV going the same distance.

  2. Doug Snyder June 11, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I think anyone with an electric vehicle, especially ebikes would welcome and energy source that would extend the range we can ride. I hope this company is successful but we’ve heard many promises before. It will happen and the sooner the better. EV’s and clean energy solutions cant get here soon enough.

  3. James Scott June 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    Yes the article from Chicago Tribune was a good one. I have an electric bike from Chicago Electric Bikes I purchased in 2011 and it runs like a champ. Im at 48 volts and 750 watts and its a huge step up from 36v 500 watts which I was at before. I ride to work 4 miles and then back home. An electric bike is one of the smartest investments I ever made.

    Keep up the great reporting on ebikes!!!

  4. Ken Grubb June 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Oh good grief. Now we have to battle the hydrogen hype with bicycles as well?

    If you want an involved discussion of the issue of hydrogen fuel cells, read “The Hype About Hydrogen” by Dr. Joe Romm.

    Here is a very recent post by Dr. Romm on the subject of hydrogen fuel cells, and why there’s no there there.

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/04/05/1422411/study-hobbled-by-high-cost-hydrogen-fuel-cells-will-be-a-modest-3-billion-market-in-2030/

    The much touted Honda FCX Clarity is only leased. One cannot buy it. If Honda did sell it, it would cost probably about $2 million, nowhere near marketable.

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