Recently at Interbike (the largest bicycle convention in the U.S.) I had the opportunity to meet with Don DiCostanzo, the CEO of Pedego Electric Bikes, to learn about all the new electric bikes that they are coming out with.
One of the things I like about Pedego Electric Bikes is that they have some of the more stylish electric bikes out there. Their current line of bikes are the classic beach cruiser style that a lot of people like for the looks as well as the laid back, comfortable ride.
When I met with Don he explained that Pedego’s mission was to the make the coolest electric bikes. The new bikes from Pedego are in line with that mission and they are also pushing the innovative boundaries as well.
First off is the new Tommy Bahama electric bikes. They are the classic Pedego cruiser style with some extra bells and whistles for the Tommy Bahama brand (whose products are focused on the island lifestyle). As you can see these bikes are very orange! They also have added custom padded handgrips and an adjustable contour padded seat. Their top speed is 20 mph and can get up to 40 miles per charge (but that depends on rider weight and terrain). The bikes will retail for $2,575.
Next up is the hydrogen fuel cell option for the Pedego electric cruiser bike. This is a hydrogen fuel cell system that fits on top of the rear rack that holds the typical battery on a Pedego cruiser. Pedego has partnered with SiGNA Chemistry to develop this hydrogen fuel cell electric bike. What this means is that the range of the electric bike is extended up to 80 miles per “canister”.
The replaceable canister on the fuel cell is sodium silicide which when combined with water (via a water bottle on the bike) creates the hydrogen in a safe, low pressure way. When the system is available, the 1.5 lb. canisters will be available via a “NetFlix” type of exchange model. You will be able to always have a few canisters on hand and when you are done with one you can mail it back for a new canister. Using the fuel cell system will mean that you would never have to plug your e-bike in for a charge. The only emmisions that this bike will create is water that exits from the side vents on the fuel cell. Pretty space age huh! No word on the price yet.
Finally, the Pedego Electric Trike is focused on people looking for a comfortable ride where balance is a concern. The trike is supposed to be more stable than traditional full size trikes on the market. The small wheels and the differential in the rear wheels allow the trike to cruise at 20 mph safely, according to Pedego. The trike has compartments for hauling groceries and other stuff while you are out cruising around. Another smart design feature is that the width of the trike is narrow enough to fit through doorways. Overall it looks like a great option for people who are looking for an easy way to get on and go!
That’s it for right now. I will update the info as I get updates.
What do you think? Are you interested in trying on of these new rides from Pedego? Or do you have any questions about these bikes/trikes? Please leave your comments and/or questions below.
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