UPS continues their mission to incorporate electric assist bikes and trailers into their fleet of vehicles. They are launching eCargo trailers that have electric assist that can transport up to 200 kg of cargo without putting strain on the rider.
The Rubbee friction drive has been around for a while but has just launched the Rubbee X, an updated design, on Kickstarter.
The original version, say Rubbee, was manufactured by themselves in their home country of Lithuania, but the latest version will involve them teaming up with a large manufacturing partner.
The latest version boasts regenerative braking, an expandable battery, smart brake light and wireless control. Early bird offers start at £269 (approx US$ 355).
News from Ahooga
Ahooga, the lightweight Belgian-based design of e-bike has now arrived in France and has also been awarded a German Design Award for 2018.
The bike’s vital stats are claimed 13kg weight (with battery and motor), 10 second fold, folded dimensions 85X 74X 30 cm.
Here is the bike in action:
and here is a summary of the 2017 improvements to the bike:
Seatylock has now introduced their new Gel seat lock on Kickstarter. Their system incorporates a foldable lock into the seat so that you always have a lock with you.
“The seat is integrated with 2 special compound Gel pads designed to distribute and reduce the stress on the lower pelvic bones. Riding with the gel seat is much more comfortable, so time and distance can be increased significantly.”
It looks like an electric fat bike would be a perfect fit for the Fat Bike Skis!
eBikes & Exercise
Science Nordic recently published this article on a study that was done to determine “Is e-cycling good exercise?”.
From the article: ““Everybody knows that cycling is a great physical activity but we wondered what exercise a person gets on an e-bike, as these have become so popular. Could they be too easy? This is what we wanted to find out,” says Elling Bere, a professor at the Faculty of Public Health, Sport and Nutrition at the University of Agder.
Bere was surprised by the results. E-cycling proved to give more exercise than he expected.”
Infrastructure & Roads
Green Light in UK for Driverless Cars
The BBC reports that “Driverless cars could be on UK roads within four years under government plans to invest in the sector.” The forthcoming budget promises £75m for artificial intelligence, £400m for electric car charge points and £100m to boost clean car purchases. Unfortunately no mention of e-bikes….!
If you are wondering what vehicles your e-bike might be sharing roadspace with in the coming decades Continental (pioneers of a 48V e-bike mid motor system with incorporated Nuvinci shifting) have outlined their vision in the form of the BEE.
They summarise the BEE: “It is electrically powered and buzzes around at speeds of up to 60 km/h. It can easily cover a distance of more than 350 kilometers every day. Without fuss and within a matter of minutes, it travels to your location when you summon it with your smartphone. It is designed to ensure tailored, stress-free and comfortable travel in the city of the future.”
The article reports that “In 2016, the domestic market for electric bikes was worth an estimated ¥4.7 billion, with Panasonic Corp., Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. and Bridgestone Corp. producing the bulk of the nearly 550,000 electric bikes sold last year. By comparison, Japanese carmakers produced 939,025 units last year.”
It also reports some 60% of bikes manufactured in the country in 2016 were electric.
Riese & Müller appoints a new Head of Supply Chain Management
Riese & Müller say the company “is becoming more broad-based and has appointed internationally experienced Alexander Eilhauer (40) to the newly created key position of Head of Supply Chain Management. This new position at the Weiterstadt-based manufacturer of premium E-Bikes, E-Cargo bikes and folding bikes not only reinforces the company’s existing claim to be a premium supplier, but also systematically responds to customers’ demands for more flexible and shorter delivery times.”