Karmic Bikes just announced their new Koben e-bike with Bafang mid drive motor with a light and rebuildable battery. There is also the option for getting a Koben equipped with the NuVinci N360 continuously variable drivetrain. The Koben base model starts at $1,337 as an introductory price on Kickstarter.
Kalkhoff recently announced 2 new e-bike models that will be available in the U.S. later this summer .
This is the Integrale that features a new battery integrated into the downtube of the frame. And that is a high capacity 36V 17ah lithium battery for long range rides. The Integrale also features the Impulse Evo mid drive motor, a Gates Carbon Drive belt, and Shimano internally geared rear hub. Stay tuned for more information on the U.S. website; in the meantime you can checkout the Integrale on their German site.
The new Kalkhoff Include also has a high capacity 36V 17 ah battery with a similar drivetrain to the Integrale. Here is a link to the German Kalkhoff site for a closer look.
Vintage Electric Bikes has announced their new Cruz e-bike with a speed of up to 36 mph (in race mode) with a range of 30 miles and a 2 hour recharge time. The Cruz base model starts at $4,995.
PC Magazine test rode the Felt Electric SPORTe Bosch powered e-bike. It’s good to see the tech magazine’s covering e-bikes!
The Raleigh Misceo iE is the first mass produced e-bike in the U.S. to feature the Shimano STePS mid drive with Di2 electronic shifting. Check out the full review of the Raleigh Misceo iE.
The Solar Bike charges the battery on the go or when it is parked in the sun. From Solar Bike, “The battery capacity stores sufficient energy for 70km. The solar cells are highly efficient & shadow optimized which provides 2-25km/day. (depending on the sun hours)”.
This is the HERObike Bamboost, an e-bike with a bamboo composite frame with built in leather messenger bag (center of the frame). It uses the SRAM E-Matic e-bike system.
The 0±0 concept Yamaha mid drive electric bike comes with a battery charging stand that uses your pedal power to recharge the battery. You can see in the video that the battery can be used to power other devices.
This is another concept electric bike called Adam. The detachable handlebar mounted battery has a navigation system, a built in speaker, and it can be used to power other electronic devices.
Bosch is very focused on expansion of Bosch powered e-bikes in the U.S. They have an office in Irvine, CA and their system is on e-bikes from Felt, Haibike, Lapierre, Easy Motion, and Xtracycle.
This is a great idea, a local delivery service in Germany that employs elderly bike messengers to make deliveries with electric cargo bikes.
Speaking of delivery by electric bikes, the Croation Post will soon be replacing 180 gas scooters with e-bikes because they are a better solution for their delivery purposes. They are currently accepting bids from e-bike companies for 180 e-bikes.
And here is an article in the New York Times about families who are ditching their cars for cargo bikes.
Birmingham Alabama will launch a bike share program this fall that will include 100 electric bikes and solar charging stations! There will be day passes as well as monthly and annual membership options.
The E-Bike Cycle Tourist provided this report on their 2 weeks of e-bike touring in England. There are some great pictures and information on the touring experiences.
New Yorkers: E-Bike Lobby Day is next Tuesday, May 12, and “The goal of E-Bike Lobby Day is to show strong support for legislation (A233/ S997) in the NYS Assembly and Senate, which clarifies the definition of electric assisted bicycles; establishes that electric assisted bicycles, as defined, are bicycles, not motor vehicles; and establishes safety and operational criteria for their use.”
The Sondors E-bike company that attracted a lot of attention during their IndieGoGo crowdfunding for raising nearly $5.5 million is now being sued by their PR company for non payment, reports the LA Times.
Trek has issued a recall of more than 900,000 of their bikes for problems with a front wheel quick release & front disc brake rotor.
This isn’t directly related to electric bikes but Tesla (the electric car company) just announced their house battery called Powerwall. “Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup electricity supply.” Powerwall batteries start at $3,000 and they will soon be available as an option for SolarCity “turn-key” solar panel systems.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more e-bike news and reviews.