Denmark grants speed pedelecs access to bike lanes
Speed Pedelecs, meaning electric bicycles with a maximum speed of 45 kph are allowed on bike lanes in Denmark as of July. Until now, they had to be registered as a small motorbike and had to follow rules different from those for bicycles.Weiterlesen
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US-China trade war to hit e-bike market with price surge
Trump could be responsible for hitting U.S. sales of electric bikes hard as pedelecs from China are included in a list of goods proposed for a 25% import tariff hike. This would drive prices up a couple of hundred dollars, potentially stifling a strong-going industry.Weiterlesen
UPS launches custom-made cargo e-bikes
34 new cargo pedelecs have joined the European fleet of logistics giant UPS. The bikes were specifically developed for the carrier together with Rytle. After initial testing in Germany, the cargo e-bikes are now coming to France, Belgium and the Netherlands.Weiterlesen
Scotland launches subsidy scheme for electric bikes
The Scottish government wants to start an e-bike revolution as it allocates more than a million pounds in funding for electric bicycles and pedal-assist cargo bikes. The money will be made available in form of loans and grants.Weiterlesen
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EC wants mandatory e-bike insurance
The European Commission has decided that electric bicycles must have a third party liability insurance. While the draft still needs to go through the EU Council and Parliament, it effectively undermines current legislation that equals pedelecs with bicycles.Weiterlesen
Uber to share e-bikes in Europe, expanding UberGreen
Uber has not given up on Europe despite a ban of their ride hail service in many cities. Instead the firm tries to tie in with local authorities on a greener note. They want to launch electric bike sharing through their Jump subsidiary and also UberGreen, first in Berlin.Weiterlesen
Ansmann launches multi-use e-bike drives
Ansmann will present various solutions for electric bikes at this year’s Eurobike in July. Their focus is on hub motors with no less than six novel variants. Moreover, Ansmann integrated an automatic gearshift developed by Schaeffler into its drive system.Weiterlesen
Frisco’s Scoot Networks coming to Europe
Scoot Networks, the electric scooter sharing company from San Francisco, has just set up its European HQ in Barcelona. Catalonia’s capital now also got about 1,500 electric two-wheelers to share at their disposal and Scoot plans to take shared mobility further.Weiterlesen
Korea to fully electrify buses and trucks by 2030
The government in Seoul wants all buses and trucks to run with zero emissions by 2030, according to local media reports. Moreover, they want to increase the number of fast-charging stations for electric cars to 10,000 by 2022 and also electrify mail delivery.Weiterlesen
Cruising e-bike Scrambler S by Vintage Electric
In the U.S. retro-style electric bikes are in season every summer and it is the same with this beach cruiser from California. Vintage Electric presents the Scrambler S, a strong electric bike able to go as fast as 58 kph – mostly illegally so.Weiterlesen
Mini mid-motor for extra lightweight e-bikes by Bafang
With the China Cycle Show starting this Sunday, Bafang gears up to presents its latest pedelec technology, in this case its most compact mid-motor to date. The system including the hidden battery weighs less than 4.4 kilos but it is to be seen whether it is light enough to attract road cyclists.Weiterlesen
EU to introduce registration requirement for China e-bikes
The EU is planning to institute a registration law against imports of cheap subsidized e-bikes from China. These will soon require individual registration when imported.Weiterlesen
Citlar launches electric cargo bike Loadster
Berlin-based startup Citkar is mixing things up as its presents its Loadster, an electric cargo bike that carries on the amenities of a tiny car. The four-wheeled pedelec got a roof and a load capacity of 300 kilos, making it a serious and clean contender for last mile logistics.Weiterlesen
Electric bike rides the waves in New Zealand (video)
New Zealand is an island, well two, strictly speaking and so it is here the world’s first bicycle for riding the waves has been invented. The Hydrofoiler XE-1 by Manta5 is even electric.Weiterlesen
Paris sets up €6,000 EV rebate and includes electric buses
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo expands EV rebates for professionals in the French capital and was backed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The new incentives include e-buses and other modes of transport as well.Weiterlesen
E-bike market in the Netherlands.
Impressive 233,000 electric bikes were sold in the Netherlands in 2014 – an annual growth of 16 percent. Pedelecs now account for 21.2 percent market share of bicycles and can also be held (partly) responsible for 11.2 percent more money spent by Dutch people on bicycles (over 886m euros).
E-bike market, Fracking.
Study tip: Navigant Research predicts that by 2023, e-bikes sales will surpass 360 million units per year. The technological trends include combined throttle-control and pedal-assist models, electric cargo bicycles, retrofit kits and wheels, 3D-printed bicycles, and the use of e-bikes in security applications.
Reading tip: Ben Griffin explores the question what impact the booming fracking will have on the electric car industry. Fracking could increase access to oil tenfold, but Griffin quotes Tesla CEO Elon Musk saying that EV fans will remain EV fans, no matter the price of petrol.