ELF Solar Powered Electric Vehicles From Organic Transit

ELF Solar Powered Electric Vehicles

Organic Transit, based in Durham, N.C., built the ELF Solar Powered Electric Vehicle that runs on solar electric and pedal power. The vehicle is a revolution in transportation and gets the equivalent of 1,800 miles per gallon according to Organic Transit CEO Rob Cotter.

The ELF’s capacity is 350 pounds; top assisted speed is 20 mph; and the 10-amp-hour batteries offer a range of up to 30 miles, but the batteries last longer the more riders pedal. It takes one whole sunny day to charge a fully depleted battery with 60-watt roof-mounted solar panels.

To learn more about the ELF or purchase your own, please visit Organic Transit.

Harley-Davidson Unveils Its First Electric Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson Electric Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson has unveiled a prototype of an electric motorcycle codenamed Project LiveWire and set off on a 30-city U.S. tour to show off the electric motorcycle and get feedback from customers.

LiveWire is powered by a 55-kw electric motor that produces 75 hp. Mix that with its 52 lb.-ft. of instant torque and it’ll hit 60 mph in under 4 seconds. Regen braking on the rear captures electricity to recharge the battery during deceleration, with total range topping out at around 53 miles.

Harley-Davidson released a video teaser for the new bike this week.

Haibike Electric Bikes Have Landed in the USA

 Haibike Electric Bikes

The first eBike brand in the world to offer real high performance electric mountain bikes, Haibike continues to be a pioneer as it introduces the ePerformance bike category to the USA, with models that are equipped to handle roads, trails, and everything in between.

The first two models of the Haibike lineup to hit the USA are the Haibike XDURO RX 29″ and the Haibike XDURO FS RX. The RX 29” combines a performance level mountain bike spec with industry leading electric technology, all rolling smoothly on 29″ wheels. The FS RX offers e-assist power fully integrated into a specially designed full-suspension frame.

Since their launch in 2010, Haibike ePerformance bikes have sold out each year in Europe. From race bikes to trekking bikes and full suspension off-road electric bikes, Haibike promises top performance on every terrain.

Thanks to the positive reaction of sport veterans, industry attendees, and the general public, Haibike USA representatives are confident that the new lineup, now available, will be as popular on the open market as they have been at the numerous successful industry events of the past year.

Visit http://www.haibikeusa.com/ to learn more about the history of Haibike, or visit http://www.currietech.com/haibike/ to find a dealer near you.

Lapierre Unleashes Overvolt FS 900 and HT 900 Electric Mountain Bikes

Lapierre Bicycles has unleashed their Overvolt line of electric mountain bikes that allows riders to push their limits and ride longer, faster and climb higher than ever before.

The Overvolt features a Bosch Performance motor that is powered by a 400-watt battery, which delivers assistance to the rider on ascents. Also featuring an Intuvia computer display, the bike allows the rider to choose from four power assist modes.

Overvolt FS 900

Overvolt FS 900

Frame: Overvolt Alloy Supreme 6 140 mm rear travel
Fork: Rockshox Revelation RL 27.5’’ Solo Air, 140mm 15QR tapered
Shock: Lapierre R Hydraulic Damping Technology
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow Plus RDM786GSL 10 speed
Drive unit: Bosch Performance 20 miles/h Battery/Display: PowerPack 400Wh
Brakes: Shimano XT 180mm
Wheels: Mavic EN321 Disc 27.5’’
Tires: Michelin Wild Grip’r 2 Advanced Reinforced 27.5 x 2.35

Overvolt HT 900

Overvolt HT 900

Frame: Overvolt hardtail Alloy Supreme 6
Fork: Rockshox Reba RL 27.5’’ Solo Air120mm 15QR tapered
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow Plus RDM786GSL 10 speed
Drive unit: Bosch Performance 20 miles/h
Battery/Display: PowerPack 400Wh / Intuvia display
Brakes: Shimano XT 180mm
Wheels: Mavic EN321 Disc 27.5’’
Tires: Michelin Wild Grip’r 2 Advanced Reinforced 27.5 x 2.35

ECO-WHEELS SHOW 2014 Highlighting Practical, Green and Cool Transportation

Discover eco-friendly, urban transportation at Toronto’s Mel Lastman Square

TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ – Are you concerned about the environment? Looking to become a more eco-friendly driver? Investigating the latest plug-in, hybrid or fully electric vehicles? Thinking about trying a different mode of transportation?

The answers are at the ECO-WHEELS SHOW presented by CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) on June 21, 2014. Come find out what’s new in green transportation. “Look, Touch, Ride” eco-friendly cars, scooters, electric bicycles, and see the latest accessories and high-tech gear. All come together in a FREE event, now in its fifth exciting year!

Visit CAA SCO’s Autogreen booth, enter the Autogreen Challenge, and learn some great eco-driving techniques. “Small, simple changes in driving behaviours have positive, measurable and meaningful results for our environment,” said Teresa Di Felice, Director of Government & Community Relations and Driver Training, for CAA SCO. Research shows that for every 45 kg. of excess weight, fuel consumption can increase by about 2 per cent.

“Simply removing excess weight from your vehicle such as roof racks and items from your trunk can save you considerable amounts of money and gas in the long run,” added Di Felice.

Toyota Canada will also be offering an opportunity for attendees to experience Hybrid technology first hand by test driving a 2014 Prius, Prius C and Prius Plug-in, on the streets of Toronto. Also, don’t forget to visit the Toyota booth, which will showcase vehicles in the growing Prius Family.

Try the smart fortwo electric drive and smart ebike in our Ride and Drive. Check out two solar powered vehicles that the University of Toronto and Waterloo University compete with around the world. Learn about stewardship, recycling and more.

Mel Lastman Square is conveniently located amid North Toronto’s bustling community on Yonge Street. Enjoy food and music while learning about innovative eco transportation in this free, family-friendly event.

As a leader and advocate for road safety and mobility, CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which represents the interests of more than 1.9 million members. For over a century, CAA has collaborated with communities, police services and governments to help keep drivers and their families safe while travelling on our roads.


Presenting Sponsor – CAA South Central Ontario
Sponsors – Toyota Canada, Corporate smart Centres
Exhibitors include – Amego Electric Vehicles, Baskin Robbins, CAA South Central Ontario, Corporate smart Centres, epRider, Farrucas Duo, Honda Canada, Karira Home, Kickbike Ontario, Krystaline Canada Co, Max’s Restaurant Toronto, Remax Crossroads, Skate Tek, SoloRock Sports, Standard Auto Wreckers, Stewardship Ontario, Toronto Electric Riders Association, Toronto Hydro, Toyota Canada, University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing, University of Waterloo Midnight Sun Solar Rayce Car Team, WIKE, Zipcar and Zumaround

Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto

Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SOURCE Kickstart Event Management Inc.

For further information please contact:
Lani Lee, Kickstart Event Management Inc., 416-996-8426, kickstart@bell.net; Silvana Aceto, Media and PR Consultant, CAA South Central Ontario, 905-771-3194, 416-209-4930 cell, sace@caasco.ca

Gi Bike: The Light, Safe, Folding, Smart eBike

Gi Bike

Created by Agustin Agustinoy, Eric Sevillia, and Lucas Toledo, the Gi-Bike is a foldable electric bike aimed at creating simple, portable, and inexpensive public transportation for big cities.


Running 40+ miles on a LiFePo4 battery without recharging, and weighing under 37.4 lbs, the Gi is a true feather in the city.


An integrated anti-theft lock, smart rear and frontal wheel LEDs that turn on gaining bike visibility in darker hours makes the Gi the safest ride in town.


FIt only takes 1 second and one motion to fold. After folding, it is easy to carry, like a wheeled-luggage, you just grab the handles and go.


Smartphone integration, GPS, social networking, a full control of Gi’s features and an integrated USB port connects you to your city like no other.

How to Keep Your Electric Bicycle Safe and Secure

In the UK a bicycle is stolen on average every minute with less than 5% of those returned as they’re difficult for the Police to identify the owner. And a current research suggests that cyclists are more likely to have their bicycles stolen than motorcyclists their motorcycle or car owners their cars these days! It’s time to do something to against these unscrupulous thieves and protect your bicycle.

Here are some tips to help keep your bicycle safe and secure.

First, you need to choose a safe place to park. It could be better to park your bicycle in a public place. Thieves are less likely to try to steal your bike in a public place. It is harder for them to break the lock when there are a bunch of people around. And remember that never try to leave your electric bike locked up somewhere overnight.

Secondly, lock your electric bicycle to a secure thing such as a tree or street sign or street light. But make sure your bike can’t be lifted over the tree, sign or light.

Thirdly, always lock your bike at home even when it is in your garage, flat or halls of residence since more and more bicycles are stolen from the owner’s home. And make sure you keep your bicycle out of view of prying eyes since thieves will spend time scoping out a neighborhood before they make their move.

Fourthly, register your electric bicycle. Before registering your bicycle on Immobilise take a photograph and along with this record the frame number and any key details such as make and model. Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations if possible, one of which should be hidden. Collectively this information stored on your Immobilise account will be crucial in recovering your bicycle.

Last but not least, get an electric bike insurance. If you own a decent bicycle then it is probably a good idea to insure it.

Trikelet: The Most Compact Foldable Electric Vehicle in the World


The Trikelet is an electrically driven scooter, which can drive you to the station and which can be folded to very small dimensions and taken along in the train.

All the soiled parts fold to the inside and dripping water is collected, so that the folded Trikelet can be handled as any clean piece of hand luggage.

It fits in the luggage compartment of the train or under the seat. It can be dragged along like a luggage trolley. So you don’t have to lift it.

It is also very handy as a last mile solution for cars or RV′s, or simply to drive through town.

Check out the Triklet’s folding action on the video below.

Source: Trikelet

IKEA FOLKVÄNLIG Electric Bicycle Unveiled


The Swedish furniture company IKEA is now launching its own affordable and beautifully designed e-bike FOLKVÄNLIG on the market. The FOLKVÄNLIG e-bike costs 749 Euros or around 1,000 USD and will initially be rolled out to a few IKEA stores in Vienna, Austria.

Here are the details:

  • The frame, which holds the rechargeable lithium-ion battery, is aluminum; the front fork is steel.
  • The electronic “pedal assist,” which gives riders a boost when they start to run out of gas, er, steam, is powered by a 250-watt motor with a range of 37 to 45 miles. (Not bad at all.)
  • A Shimano transmission provides six different “driving” modes.
  • It’s 60 pounds, which is typical for e-assist bikes.
  • All of the bike’s parts (including the mysterious extra piece that will inevitably be left over after you’ve assembled it) come with a two-year warranty.
  • There are models for men and women.
  • IKEA Family members get a $150 discount.

View more images of IKEA’s first electric bike below.

Source: IKEA

Visiobike Launches High Tech Electric Bicycles With Deep Smartphone Integration


Visiobike, an e-bike project from Croatia, is a high tech electric bike that goes hand-in-hand with your smartphone. You can use the phone (both Android and iPhone are supported) to unlock the bike, track your speed or even see what is behind you using the built-in rear camera.

  • Deep smartphone integration
  • Carbon fiber monocoque frame
  • Powerful motor – 45km/h
  • 50 cell battery – 120km range
  • Automatic shifter
  • Smart rearview cam
  • Google Maps integration
  • State-of-Art Security Features
  • Pin Code unlock
  • Auto record accident footage and emergency alert

More information is available in the video below.

Source: Visiobike | Indiegogo