Oto Cycles Unleashes The Electric Bicycle Designed To Look Like A Retro Motorbike

Oto Cycles

The Spanish firm Oto Cycles has unleashed two latest electric bicycles that are designed to look like a 1950s motorcycle. The OtoK and OtoR cycles weigh between 23 and 25kg, and everything from their color to saddle can be customized.

Both bikes are made from steel and are fitted with saddle seats. They are each custom built, and the firm boasts ‘no two are alike’. The seat and tires can also be chosen to suit, and include classic British leather Brooks versions.

They also feature LCD displays with cycle computers and 250W electric motors, and can reach speeds of 36mph without using a drop of petrol.

They can run for around 24 to 40 miles (40 to 65km) on a full charge depending on the terrain. They also have a chain and pedals like a normal bike, and pedalling can be used to charge the motor.

The OtoR can also be upgraded with more powerful motors – 500W for speeds up to 26mph, 750W for speeds up to 34mph.

Source: Oto Cycles

Walking Bicycle Club Debuts New Three-Wheel Motorized Walking Bicycle

Walking Bicycle Club is a new brand of electric bicycle that is looking to change the way we get around with a revolutionary redesign of the bicycle called the walking bicycle.

It is a bicycle (or tricycle rather) that you move by pumping your legs straight up and down in a movement kind of like walking. It also has an electric motor which assists when going up hills.

It can reaches speeds of up to 15mph (24km/h). The built-in power assist electric motor on a single charge should be able to go up to 12 miles (20km) on an average road surface.

The Walking Bicycle is 1.2 meters (3.9 feet) long and weighs 36.3kg (80 lbs). It comes in several color variations: Brilliant Red, Moegi Green, Champagne Gold or Sakura Pink.

Source: Walking Bicycle Club

New Velogical Velospeeder Rear Rim Bicycle Motor System Unveiled

Velogical Velospeeder

Friction drives provide a lighter, simpler option for transforming a regular bicycle into an e-bike. This month Velogical has unveiled their latest Velogical Velospeeder friction drive which is now even smaller and lighter than the previous prototypes.

The Velogical compact e-drive solution weighs under 4lb and can be easily fitted to any bicycle allowing the rider to quickly switch between extra propulsion on those hard climbs or when their legs are becoming tired.

The Velogical Velospeeder is equipped with a 92-Wh lithium-polymer battery that is capable of providing up to 12 miles or 20 km of pedal power and the battery is small enough for cyclists to carry extra spares if required to help them through those longer journeys.

Velogical plans to offer their kit to bicycle manufactures and bike shops for retrofitting. Currently they have no plans to sell directly to the public.

Source: Velogical

Mercedes Unleashes Three New Smart eBike Editions

For the first time Mercedes’ smart brand is presenting three editions based on the smart ebike – the orange edition, comfort edition and black edition.

Smart eBike Orange Edtion

The smart ebike orange edition has been available since the end of March. With its eye-catching paintwork in flame orange, saddle in black/flame orange and accent trim parts in flame orange (e.g. on the bottom brackets, bell and handlebars) the ebike is a real design highlight.

The smart ebike comfort edition is available in the two colour variants crystal white with electric green accent trim parts or matt dark grey with flame orange accent trim parts. The standard features have been clearly upgraded: the suspension fork, comfort saddle and the high handlebars make this smart ebike edition particularly comfortable to ride.

Smart eBike Black Edition

The smart ebike suspension fork and the smart ebike luggage rack with expander are also standard features of the sporty smart ebike black edition that will be available from June. The most striking feature of the edition is the exclusive colouring: the frame in matt black contrasts with the accent trim parts in flame orange and the saddle in black/flame orange.

Bough Bikes: Electric Wooden Bikes From The Netherlands

Electric Wooden Bike

Bough Bikes is a Dutch manufacturer that makes beautiful bicycles whose frames, forks, handlebars and fenders are made entirely of sustainable French Oak. At the NYCxDesign 2014, which will be held from 9-20 May, the company unveiled the world’s first electric wooden bike.

Here’s a look at Bough Bikes. The video is in Dutch.

Source: Bough Bikes

Mando Footloose: A Chainless Folding Electric Bicycle

Mando Footloose

Mando Footloose is a joint partnership project by Korean auto suppliers Mando Corporation and Meister Inc. The design involves no chains or sharp edges of a conventional bicycle; instead this curvy model runs on Chainless Series Hybrid Technology.

The electronic motor that runs the wheels is connected to the wheels by wires and gets charged simultaneously as you pedal as well as by the mechanical energy of the bicycle. The bicycle can be powered up to 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) with the motor alone or pedal for more range.

The energy stored in a lithium-ion battery, which is then used to actuate the engine. Using an electronic control unit (ECU), Mando Footloose works with sensors and an automatic gear changer to monitor terrain and adjust the motor’s output as necessary.

Mando Footloose Specs

Max Speed: 25 km/h (15.5 mph)
Max Range: 45 km (28 miles)
Battery: Lithium ion 36V 8.2ah
Frame: Aluminum
Fork: Carbon Fiber
Weight: 21.7 kg (48 lbs.)

Mando Footloose Riding

Mando Footloose Design

Mando Footloose Factory

Mando Footloose Folding

Source: Mando Footloose

Daymak Unleashes Its Latest Off-Road eBike: The Beast

The Beast

Daymak has announced the launch of The Beast, an all-new off-road eBike, completely designed and created in Canada. The Beast is also street-legal, allowing riders to enjoy it on the trails, in the woods, on rough terrain, or in the city. Main features include a Daymak solar panel and an enclosed battery pack that recharges continuously.

Daymak has developed an innovative new stiffer chassis fitted with longer travel suspension at both ends which will give the rider improved comfort and handling. This amazing new ebike comes with powerful 4500 lumens led headlights, 15W solar panel battery case, customized hub motor, lithium batteries, extra large seat and cargo racks with increased load capacity.

Fully electric, the Beast can go as fast as 32km/h (20mph) with up to 40 km range. It is quiet, economical, good for the environment, and can take the rider anywhere they want to go. The enclosed solar panel battery case gives 5 distinctive advantages.

First, the battery is always trickle charging thus avoiding the number one failure of all ebikes which is battery failure due to prolong time of no charging. Second, the solar panel yields about 10 km range per 8 hours of any ambience light. If the rider does not ride more than 40 km a week he never has to plug it in to charge the battery. Third, lower cost of charging. Fourth, less carbon foot print, and finally, the removable battery pack can be used as a back up generator since it comes with 2 USB plugs.

Daymak is a pioneer in eBike technology and has built its reputation on superior design, innovation and quality. That combined with powerful performance and dependability has made the company #1 in Canada for ebikes. Daymak plans to have the Beast in full production this summer.

Source: Daymak Beast

Young Los Gatos Entrepreneurs Launch Vintage Electric Bicycle Company

Vintage Electric Bike

A group of young entrepreneurs from Los Gatos is making a splash on the world stage with the vintage-style electric bikes they are handcrafting with skill and precision. The business, appropriately named Vintage Electric Bikes, started in the Davidge family garage on Tait Avenue.

The bicycles have wide, white wheels and the body style harkens back to bygone days with big fenders. Powder coat custom colors range the gamut from robin’s egg blue to brilliant crimson or basic beige.

Since its official launch last year, Vintage Electric Bikes has sold 58 units at an average price of $4,495. Orders are coming in from all over the world, with a hotel in Dubai recently ordering seven bikes and a French winery ordering 25.

The new web site launched Feb. 28 at VintageElectricBikes.com.

Kia Presents Two Electric Bikes In 2014 Geneva Auto Show

Kia Electric Bike

South Korean automotive manufacturer Kia has unveiled two prototype electric bikes at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. This is the Dutch branch of the brand that has decided to propose two pedelecs, a version city and all terrain and the Korean R&D team developed the bikes.

The all-new Kia Electric Bicycle (KEB) is a “pedelec” electric bike – being shown in both “City” and “MTB” (Mountain Bike) versions – which promises lively performance from its powerful electric motor, while incorporating a host of technical innovations in its design, specification and manufacture.

Both the City and MTB models feature the same drivetrain and power pack, weigh around 20 kg in total, and have a top speed of 25 kph (15.5 mph) thus complying with EU regulations.

The City is intended as a universal design with its step-through frame, rear-mounted battery, 28-inch wheels and mud-flaps for the broadest appeal. The MTB has RockShox 100 mm front forks, a mid-mounted battery and 26-inch wheels fitted with all-terrain tyres – creating a sporty and youthful image.

The two prototype KEB models were made using a frame, electric motor and power pack manufactured in Korea, together with brake and gear components from Shimano in Japan. Final assembly was carried out in Germany.

Lantronix Launches The First Wi-Fi Device For eBikes Called xPico

Elmoto eBike

Lantronix, a leading global provider of smart IoT connectivity solutions, has demonstrated its xPico Wi-Fi module in a concept design for an electric bicycle at Embedded World 2014 in Nuremberg.

The xPico Wi-Fi device, which measures just 24mm x 16.5mm, is a step further in the design of the new generation electric vehicles. The wireless transfer of data includes charging status, battery life and use, gearbox data, drive-by-wire behaviour, GSM and GPS tracking for route optimisation.

“eBikes are very rapidly gaining popularity in Europe and Asia, with China leading the way, already boasting more than 28 million eBikes in use today,” said Mr. Björn Bergfelder, head of engineering and ELMOTO eBike development at ID Bike GmbH.

“Electric bicycles are just one of many alternatives being adopted worldwide, and working with M2M companies such as Lantronix are enabling us to develop and more quickly bring to market more intelligent, efficient, wirelessly-connected eBikes,” said Bergfelder at Embedded World 2014.