Time for another electric bike news recap! From the week of April 4, 2011 there was some interesting stuff happening in the E-bike news: People on moped style e-bikes having issues with the local police, the Busettii Big 50 electric bike review, the EU’s White Paper on Transport, a video of the Kalkhoff Pro Connect Sport 250, Powabyke’s in the US & more!
And now the Electric Bike NEWS!
This is a nice article about electric bikes from a recent sustainable living field day in New Zealand. Some great points about the benefits of electric bikes.
Here is an interesting one; Police in Springfield Oregon have cited Paul McClain 5 times for riding his electric bike (a bike that looks more like a moped than a bicycle) without a license. Mr. McClain says he doesn’t need a license to ride his electric bike. The court will decide……
And here is another similar case where police in Ocean City, New Jersey have ticketed a woman for riding her moped looking electric bike as an unregistered motor vehicle.
Electric bikes are getting some attention from the Economist.com. They reference some rather high end electric bikes which I think gave some people sticker shock!
The EU has published it’s White Paper on Transport with some pretty ambitious goals of reducing green house gases by 60% by 2050. Unfortunately the idea of many people using bicycles and electric bikes has been largely overlooked in their report.
This is a video I put together of the features of the Kalkhoff Pro Connect Sport 250 electric bike. Full review coming soon!
The alliance between Cosworth (high performance engineering company) and Storck (bike company) is creating some high performance electric bikes soon to be sold in the UK, Europe and US markets.
The Grace One electric bike/motorcycle started production recently in a partnership with Grace and Panther Werke AG. This is a powerful electric bike at 1300 watts, way above the limit to classify it as a traditional electric bicycle!
Well, that about wraps it up. Please share any electric bike news that you have come across in the comment section below.