Is Toyota getting into electric bikes? Here is a concept e-bike from the large auto manufacturer. It has a mid drive motor and the battery is housed in the mainframe.
This concept may never make it to production but Toyota is claiming that their new i-Road electric 3 wheeler will. The i-Road is an interesting vehicle that blends some of the e-trike technology with car technology.
BMC recently opened their new Stromer electric bike assembly facility near Bern Switzerland. They invested $8 million euro’s in the new e-bike plant!
Speaking of new e-bike factories, Riese und Müller, just opened a new facility in Weiterstadt, Germany.
OHM Electric Bikes just announced their new OHM XU450 with SRAM E-Matic electric bike drive system, Gates Carbon Drive belt drive, and hydroformed aluminum step-through frame. It will retail for $2,899.
This is a good article about the rise of e-bike tour companies!
EBR correspondent, Paul Willerton, reports on his visit to B-Line PDX, an electric trike delivery service in Portland, Oregon. B-Line also offers a unique advertising platform!
Here is a new twist on urban sustainable transportation: the combination of an e-bike with a mini e-bus!
Jim Turner, President of Optibike, just released his new book on electric bikes called The Electric Bike Book. Jim covers the basics of what an e-bike is, their benefits, and much more!
Now for some geek speak; First Bicycle Components, has developed a combined speed and torque sensor that is housed in the bottom bracket of a bike.
Darfon Innovations Corp has launched the new EXCIMER Power Drive solutions for electric bikes. It claims to have a direct drive motor that is extremely quiet.
The Revelo LIFEbike is a new e-bike design with the pedals directly attached to the front wheel!
Bikewatch is a new bike accessory that is a bike alarm, cable lock, and rear tail light all in one!
Adventure! The Sun Trip is a 7,300 km solar electric bike ride/race that starts in France and finishes in Kazakstan! The riders get to choose their own route with only one check point in between.
Help improve e-biking in the US by sharing your e-bike experiences with a research team from Portland State University!
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more e-bike news!
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