In this week’s e-bike news roundup:
- Electric mountain bike race at Sea Otter
- Copenhagen Wheel plus bike
- Innovative eBikes of the future
- Urban Arrow e-cargo update
- Downhill race in Alaska
- Firefighters use eBikes
- New Arkansas eBike law
- And much more!
Panasonic 2-speed Mid-drive Now Award Nominated
Of the various e-bike contenders for the Dutch based 2017 Fiets Awards one caught our eye.
The speed pedelec FLYER U-series utilises a 2-speed Panasonic motor with manual and automatic switching options; in theory this should give a much wider range of speeds over which the motor can operate efficiently, which could in theory mean greater range, greater climbing ability and more assistance at speed.
Panasonic and Flyer class it as a ‘world-first’ so it will be interesting to see just how it fares at the awards.
See the summary video below to get a feel for the features and operation of the system. [Read more…]
By Richard Peace
Why are e-bikes all the rage?
The LA Times posted this great article “Why are e-bikes all the rage? Because they’re plenty of fun to ride” and the title pretty much nails it.
The article has some inspiring stories of how people are using electric bikes, eBike benefits, some of the market trends, and of course how fun they are to ride!
Family e-Cargo bikes Inspire U.S. Families
energy cartridges that eliminates the need for a traditional charger! This system would allow you to travel long distances by installing new cartridges. You wouldn’t have to wait for your battery to charge. Pretty interesting….
A writer for the LA Times recently got a Pedego City Commuter and has realized the benefits of e-bike commuting compared to commuting by car. This kind of mainstream media is great for getting more people excited about e-bikes.