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

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.

Light

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

Safe

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.

Folding

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.

Smart

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.

IKEA FOLKVÄNLIG Electric Bicycle Unveiled

ikea-folkvanlig

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

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

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