Lyft puts brakes on e-bike-sharing in NYC
Citi Bike is withdrawing all 1,000 electric bicycles in New York City due to safety concerns regarding the brakes. Lyft, which owns Citi Bike, made similar arrangements for its bike-sharing services in Washington and San Francisco.
ALYI to fill order of ReVolt e-motorcycles in Kenya
Alternet Systems (ALYI), U.S battery, e-motorcycle and military applications manufacturer, has just announced a prospective order for two thousand of its ReVolt Electric Motorcycles which would total $20 million in sales. The Denver-based company is looking to open an assembly plant in Kenya, to complete manufacturing in Africa for ReVolt Electric Motorcycles to be sold […]
Fraunhofer presents fuel cell bicycle
In Germany, the Fraunhofer ISE is undertaking the LiteFCBike project, which is developing a compact fuel cell system offering a fully-fledged replacement for a pedelec battery. The Fraunhofer ISE is currently presenting this hydrogen technology at the Hannover Messe.
GM and Tesla looking to enter e-bike business
General Motors is the most recent major carmaker looking to join the pedelec business. GM announced plans to design two compact electric bikes, one of which will be a folding bike. Also Tesla has hinted at wanting to launch an electric two-wheeler.
Taiwan to outlaw fuel-powered bikes and cars
With 14 million two-wheelers for its populace of 23 million, Taiwan praises itself to have the highest motorcycle density in the world. Accordingly, its latest law for climate action aims to get their exhaust under control.
Stockholm gets one of a kind e-bike sharing
5,000 hire electric bicycles will be rolled out in the Swedish capital in 2018 and 2019 after the current contract for the 1,200 regular rental bikes will finish this year. The pedelecs are marketed as “Hybrid Bikes” not only for their muscle-electric propulsion system but also because their batteries can be removed.
Reading tip: In the U.S., Tesla has surpassed the mark of 100,000 EVs delivered. What is a positive milestone for the company could have a direct effect on what buyers will need to pay for the Model 3. While there are subsidies for purchasing an EV in the U.S., those only apply to a brand’s first 200,000 electric cars sold.
Video tip: What do you do when you’re on a tour on your e-bike and there is a fence blocking your paths? You’d lift it over. At least that is what three older gentlemen tried to do. Only that the e-bike got and the fence was electric. The rescue mission is quite a sight.
One Canadian has a peculiar theory about why self-driving cars could be dangerous. He believes that since people will not have to keep the hands on the wheel, they won’t keep them off each other, and warns of drivers having sex while flying down the highway.
This e-bike that roams the street of India’s city Mumbai must be among the cheapest in the world. Prasad Kambli used his time off from his job as a UPS driver going around scrapyards to piece the no-name electric bicycle together for less than 200 dollars. Surely, one of a kind.
1906 Mercedes Mixte hybrid, Ikea sells e-bike.
Click tip: Yet another car maker finds its electric roots. Meet the “Mercedes Mixte”, dating as far back as 1906. With its two rear-wheel motors the series hybrid was initially designed for the race track.
Shopping tip: Ikea in Austria is now selling the already-assembled Folkvänlig pedelec. The stylish e-bike, which received various awards at the Taipei Cycle Show, Eurobike and the IF Design Award, is available for just 749 euros (1,030 dollars).
E-bike sales in Germany.
The sale of 410,000 e-bikes has saved the German bicycle market in 2013. While regular bike sales saw a drop of 5.5% down to 3.75m units, pedelecs continued to grow (+7.9%). With a record marketshare of 11%, pedal-assisted bicycles have become the third largest segment in Germany.
Who needs GPS to get you where you’re going when you have this – a cargo bike with an integrated city map of Copenhagen? So far, only one of these exists. And the map is not for the rider. Owner Mikael Colville-Andersen developed it, so he can help point tourists in the right direction. He did not mention, however, if he’d also be willing to transport them to the destination – it is a cargo bike, after all.
Toyota Wireless Charging Demonstration, E-Bike Study, Events.
Video tip: Toyota made a film demonstrating its wireless charging system and included a split-screen sequence to show the beauty of automatic parking. Can it get any more convenient?!
Study tip: Research institute Dr. Grieger & Cie. monitored 4,038 Germans and their buying and riding behaviour for bicycles. While 11% consider buying an e-bike next time, over 40% of those only want to spend around 800 euros (1,100 dollars) – too little for most e-bikes currently available on the market. Still, the study expects sales of 400,000 pedelecs this year.
bike-eu.com, zahlendatenfakten.de (Order study in German)
Select events for the upcoming week: Guangzhou International Auto (02-22-2014 – 02-24-2014, Guangzhou, China) ++ FC Expo (02-26-2014 – 02-28-2014, Tokyo, Japan) ++ Battery Japan (02-26-2014 – 02-28-2014, Tokyo, Japan).
You can find a complete list of upcoming industry events at electrive.com/calendar
The Spanish company Oto Cycles makes e-bikes that take a fair share of retro from strange worlds. One model features a battery looking like a tank from a 50s motorcycle while still being dubbed ‘lightweight’. Others come with classic diamond frames but carry a battery in a sack. We suggest calling that model Kangaroo.