Raleigh Tristar iE Electric Trike Review Part 2: Ride & Range Test [VIDEO]

raleigh-tristar-ie-electric-trike-2After many miles of putting the Raleigh Tristar iE through it’s paces it has proven to be a comfortable, easy to ride, high performance electric trike that is a fun neighborhood town and country cruiser!

At $2,599 the Raleigh Tristar iE has added a lot of modern day electric bike tech to the comfortable upright trike design.

It can climb steeper hills with its mid drive motor, make errand running easy with its cargo basket, and really go the distance with its option for double batteries!

In this second part of the full review you will get an idea of the ride characteristics, range test results, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this electric trike. [Read more…]

Raleigh Tristar iE Electric Trike Review Part 1 – Pictures & Specs

raleigh-tristar-ie-electric-trike-1The Raleigh Tristar iE step thru trike is in for testing and review!

Comfortably cruising around the neighborhood with enough cargo capacity for running errands is what the Tristar iE is all about.

This eTrike features a 350 watt mid drive motor and a 48V 8.7ah lithium-ion battery with the option to add a second battery for double the range!

The Raleigh Tristar iE is priced at $2,599 USD.

In this first part of the review you will get a detailed look at this bike with a BUNCH of pictures and  [Read more…]

eBike News: Eurobike Innovations, Titling eTrike, Chainless, New Bosch, & More! [VIDEOS]

CD1_Cargo_02By Richard Peace

The electric bike scene continues to be a highlight at Eurobike (largest European bicycle tradeshow) and we have some of the cool new eBikes from the show for you.

Prizes & Innovation from Eurobike

Notable winners in the Eurobike e-bike and pedelec prize category include Haibike’s SDURO AllMtn 8.0 (innovation being cloud based communication possible for the first time on an e-MTB), and the Elby [Read more…]

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 News: Battery Breakthrough?, E-Cargo Trike, New Shimano STEPS & More! [VIDEOS]

Raiooo electric cargo trike.

RAIOOO electric cargo trike.

Time for an electric bike news update!

It appears that a new and improved lithium battery is on the horizon for electric bikes. It is a lithium sulfur battery chemistry and the hope is that the battery could be significantly lighter and less expensive than the current lithium batteries found on e-bikes.  A note of caution; there has been talk of batteries like this before and those batteries still have not come to market. We will have to see if these lithium sulfur batteries make it to market in the next couple of years.

Here is the RAIOOO wooden electric cargo trike. Checkout the following video of [Read more…]

Welcome to the World of Electric Bikes

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

ProdecoTech Stride 500 electric bike.

If you are new to electric bikes then this article will help you get a quick understanding of what electric bikes are all about.

You will learn about;

  • the reasons to have an e-bike,
  • how fast and how far they go,
  • how much they cost,
  • the different types of e-bikes,
  • what the future of e-bike looks like,
  • and how to checkout electric bikes in your town/city.

[Read more…]

Tour of the E-BikeKit Headquarters Near Philadelphia, PA [VIDEO]

The E-BikeKit headquarters and assembly facility.

The E-BikeKit headquarters and assembly facility.

Jason Kraft is the CEO of Electric Bike Technologies and he recently invited me to tour their headquarters and assembly facility that is located just outside of Philadelphia, PA.

Electric Bike Tech offers a variety of moderately priced electric bike kits (E-BikeKit™) and electric trike kits (E-TrikeKit™).  They focus on providing kits that have a lot of features for the money.

It was great to get the personal tour from Jason and learn more about this US electric bike kit company.

Jason started the company in 2008 and he has been growing and improving the Electric Bike Tech  [Read more…]

85.9 MPH on an Outrider USA Electric Trike, World Record! [VIDEO]

Checkout this video of Tommy Ausherman, co-founder of Outrider USA, flying down an airport runway at 85.9 mph on a modified Outrider USA 422 Alpha electric trike!

And kids, don’t try this at home, this is a professional rider on a closed track….

This video was shot with GoPro action [Read more…]

Trikke Pon-e 48V Electric “Carving” Trike Review [VIDEOS]

It’s time for the full review of the Trikke Pon-e 48V electric carving vehicle!

Make sure you check out part 1 of this review with videos, large detailed pictures and specifications of the Trikke Pon-e 48V to get familiar with this carving e-trike.

The Trikke Pon-e is a stable 3 wheeled light electric vehicle (LEV) that can lean (carve) into corners and contour to varied terrain with ease.  It has an upright riding position and [Read more…]