Well Kona has stepped up to the plate and is delivering 3 new electric bikes to the market for 2011. Their regular Ute has been on the market for a couple of years and has established itself as a nice cargo bike capable of hauling some groceries and other odds and ends. There have been pictures floating around the internet of Ute’s that had electric conversion kits added to haul the extra weight, but now for 2011 Kona is offering an “off the shelf” ready to go electric cargo bike.
Here are some of the specs for this new electric cargo bike:
- 250 Watt Pedelec system (you need to be pedaling to activate the electric assist)
- Samsung 24V x 13Ah Lithium Ion battery (claimed lifecycle of 700 rides)
- Hauls up to 100kg (220 lbs.) load
3 power assist modes:
- Power mode = 30 km (18 mile) range
- Normal mode = 57 km (35 mile) range
- Economy Mode = 100 km (62 mile) range
- Aluminum Frame
- 700c (29er) wheels
- Good mix of components: Shimano Deore/Alivio, FSA, and Avid
- Comes with Fenders, Kickstand, Bell, Wood Deck (for the top of the rack), Cargo Bags
- 2 Sizes: 18″ and 20″ Frame
- Price = $2599 USD (See Making Electric Bikes More Affordable)
Overall the Kona Electric Ute looks like a nice “off the shelf” electric cargo bike! It’s great to see that Kona and other bike manufacturer’s are recognizing that electric cargo bikes can be a great alternative to a car. I really enjoy my electric cargo bike that I built from the xtracycle kit and an electric motor and battery kit, but I am thinking that these totally complete bikes could be the way to go!
What do you think? Would you like to have a Kona Electric Ute or a similar electric cargo bike? If you already have an electric cargo bike, what do you think of it?
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