eBike News: Big eCargo, Light Folding eBikes, eTrikes, & More! [VIDEO]

procargo-ct1_system-unit-5By Richard Peace

Sortimo Broaden Horizons to commercial e-cargo bikes

Sortimo is a German manufacturer of storage systems integrated into car and van bodies; the kind of thing you see in use every day by tradesmen and other skilled workers who need to carry a range of spares and tools and need to be well-organised with a range of limited stock and mobile.

They have now diversified into e-cargo bikes in a collaborative process with HNF Heisenberg whose titling trike was [Read more…]

E-Bike News: Toyota E-Bike, New Factories, New Designs & Tech, E-Bike Book, Tours, & More!

Is Toyota getting into electric bikes?  Here is a concept e-bike from the large auto manufacturer.  It has a mid drive motor and the battery is housed in the mainframe.

This concept may never make it to production but Toyota is claiming that their new i-Road electric 3 wheeler will.  The i-Road is an interesting vehicle that blends some of the e-trike technology with car technology.

BMC recently opened their new Stromer electric bike assembly facility near Bern Switzerland.  They invested $8 million euro’s in [Read more…]

Electric Bikes are Roaring Success at Eurobike 2012

Haibike electric full suspension mountain bike on display at Eurobike 2012.

This is a guest post from Reiner Kolberg who is an eBike-expert from Cologne/Germany and runs the website www.e-bikeinfo.de.

Not long ago electric bikes (called E-Bikes or Pedelecs in Europe) were cheap “old person” vehicles and there was a big discussion if and how they would influence the market.

At the German Eurobike Show at Lake Constance which has become the biggest and trend-leading bike show in Europe with [Read more…]

Electric Bikes & The Mountain Bike Moment

The mountain bike history exhibit at the San Francisco Airport.

This is a guest report from Brett Thurber, owner of The New Wheel, an electric bike store in San Francisco, California.

Passing through the San Francisco international terminal a week ago, a particularly well put together exhibit caught my eye. Along two long walls at the back of terminal, behind tall glass panes, was a line-up of mountain bikes in exquisite condition.

On one end was the very earliest example, a Schwinn with motorcycle tires, and on the other, the most cutting edge carbon fibre, [Read more…]

Electric Bike Kit Guide

Here is an electric bike kit guide that I have put together for you to help sort out what kits are available for your bicycle.  Some of these kits are just for converting your current bicycle to electric and other kits will only be speced on new complete ebikes.  I will continue to add to this list as I come across more ebike kits.

Electric Bike Hub Motor Kits

Hub motor kits are the “norm” these days and they are a great way to power an ebike.

Clean Republic offers one of the more economical front hub motor kits.  It looks like it is very easy to install and remove if you want to return your bike to a regular bike.  Use this Clean Republic coupon code to get [Read more…]