A company by the name of “Specialized” just engineered an electric bicycle which just got banned in the US because it was considered too fast. As a matter of fact, in the electric bicycle arena, it is considered to be the fastest e-bike ever.
It took Specialized three years to develop this unit which can crank out speeds of about 28 miles an hour (45 km) which is a problem for the company. Marc Faude, product manager with Specialized stated in a press release that “The Turbo has been deemed illegal in the US and the UK because its speed would put it into a motorized vehicle category.” This speed would place the electric bike at 8 miles per hour over the US regulatory limit.
“Specialized’s Turbo is simply too fast to be legal” ~ Marc Faude
This electric bicycle sports a 250 watt rear hub motor, and a 342 Watt lithium – ion battery which can charge in a mere two hours, which is the heart of the system. The brakes consist of carbon fiber Magura MT series disc brakes which has been designed with a regenerative charging system
The whole design of the bike is to enhance the new speed breaking capabilities. For example, the batteries are neatly built into the down tubes and the controls on the handlebars have no cables because these items are wireless, in order to reduce wind resistance. Specialized is clearly trying to move away from the traditional e-bike stigma and put itself into a new category. As Mr. Faude states, ” Whatever you do, don’t just consider this bike a pedelec, ( another term for electric bicycle) this is an all new category of e-bike!”
With pricing set at about $7,000 US dollars, it had better deliver. However, Specialized’s product representative seems undaunted. “We are confident we have succeeded in building the world’s fastest electric bike, and once you ride ours, we think you’ll agree!”
Specialized’s Turbo is set to be sold throughout Europe and the first 50 demo bikes have already been sent.
By Mark Elmo Ellis for Electric Bikes -n – Scooters
For those of you that operate businesses in the world of electric bikes, scooters or even cars, there is good news afoot! According to Deloitte, a business that tracks and measures global manufacturing, electric vehicles will soon represent a third of car manufacturers global sales. This can only reflect the fact manufacturers of any type of electric vehicle will be much more main stream and popular in the near future.
One of the main factors that is driving this trend in electric vehicles is because there are now governmental rebates, incentives and stimulus money being offered to further this technology. Currently, The United States Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program which is offering about $25 billion in offers, grants, and loans is supporting the development of these newer greener technologies especially in the arena of electric vehicles.
Even though the Deloitte report is reflecting mostly electric car and motorcycle sales, the trend will probably be seen in the electric bike and electric scooter arena as well.
The Electric Bike Sector
Pike Research, another manufacturing research and tracking business recently issued a report showing that electric bicycle sales will hit about 30 million units world wide in 2012 and by 2018 they are optimistically predicting global sales at about 51 million units generating about 13 billion in revenue by the same year. This is also reflected in the sales of these units in the U.S. with an increase of about 22% in the last couple of years However, in China, electric bike sales have risen 92% because the infrastructure of that country is so much more radically different than in the U.S.
Electric Bike Battery Technology Driving Trend
With the advent of Lithium Ion batteries, there have been newer breakthroughs in this technology which has become significant in the electric bike and scooter industry. These batteries have become lighter and now have the ability to hold a charge longer than ever before. In the past, the real challenge has been to create a battery that is lighter and can hold the charge for longer periods. Recently there have been technological jumps in this area, to include “spray on batteries“. If the vehicle is heavier then the draw on the charge is greater. However, if the battery is lighter and can carry the charge longer, then you are a double winner! So, if you don’t have to charge as often and can go farther, the draw to purchase one of these units is much more appealing!
Considering the daily challenges to world concerning the limits of fossil fuels, and the geopolitical nature of being reliant on them, the trend to move further away from the black goo will only become more popular in the next 10 years.
E-Glide has an aluminum skateboard with a 15 mile range. This thing has some excellent power for those avid skateboarders who would rather skate everywhere instead of walking. Its controlled simply with yo body and a hand held remote. It appears they just need the remote to be wireless. Check out the news article OR
Continental Airlines became the first U.S. Plane to fly on an algae-based biofuel. United Continental Holdings said that the biofuel emissions would equate to a car that drove 30,000 miles. The big question that is on my mind is does this plane stink its way across America? It may be organic but last time my dog let one it wasn’t exactly friendly.
Over in Korea the company Hyosung has just taken a step into the electric scooters. Its whopping speed of 40 mph, range of 55 miles and a charging time of 4 hrs. I could just imagine someone running the juice dry plug it in, get a coffee, eat some donuts, and let the glazeness from your eyes clear up and hopefully by then you should be ready to go another 55 miles.
For a simple $100,000 , you can get this futuristic looking Tron bike-a-ma-thing. Its quick to Charge and can take you a good range before needing another charge.
“Wired reports that the $100,000 bike charges in an hour and has an estimated range of around 80-100 miles on a full battery.”
Well, it looks like over in the U.K. they are testing out a new electric bike. Its made by Zero Motorcycles and they have some pretty cool bikes on the market. They have Dirt bikes, Street and Dual Sport bikes which blaze and are all electric. Well, the London Police are traveling the country side encouraging motorcycle safety on these little babies. Me personally, wouldn’t mind having something this energy efficient to drive around town with. Check out the News Article
Reason One: Gas Prices
It is no secret that gas prices have been creeping up over the last five years. No matter what the President, Congress, the Senate or any other office in Washington seems to do they don’t have control over the people that own the oil companies. As a matter fact, over the last five years there has been constant excuses from the fossil fuel companies around the world as to why oil prices have been going up. They have cited everything from hurricanes and bad weather to having an overabundance of oil and no place to store it as excuses. It used to be we have a shortage, now they are saying that prices have gone up because we have an overage! The point of the whole thing is, we will never know for sure exactly why they keep raising prices other than the obvious reason: to increase profits for rich people. I mean, at the end of the day what other conclusion can you come to? So, moving from fossil fuel based products and transportation is the obvious answer to keeping them in line. Until people around the world to grasp this concept and use it there probably won’t be much of a change in the way oil prices move up.
Reason Two: Economical Transportation
There is no secret that you can actually save quite a bit of money by writing an electric bicycle, especially if you are able to ride it to work. In America most people drive considerable distances to get to work, however if you’re living in a city or town where your within relatively close driving distance, you can save quite a bit of money by using electric bicycle. One of the reasons that the electric bicycle is so attractive as far as riding a bike to work is concerned, is that you can ride and use electricity to help you get to where you work at arrive at work without being tired and sweaty. This is because the electric motor assist in most electric bicycles will take much of the strain off of you and therefore you will not arrive at your place of business exhausted and reeking of perspiration.
Reason Three: Health Reasons
Another great reason for writing a bicycle, even when it is electric, is so that you can get a certain degree of exercise and fresh air. When you are pumping the pedals of a bicycle that you are getting an aerobic workout that will help your heart, lungs and leg muscles get much-needed exercise. This is especially important if you work in an office where you are seated all day. You can get exercise on your way to work and on the way back from work merely by writing electric bicycle, and as I have stated in the last paragraph under Reason Two you can still get exercise without getting too tired and arriving at work with perspiration all over you. So having fresh air and getting a little exercise is great for you and you can easily, this with electric bike.
Reason Four: Promoting Green Technology
I don’t particularly believe that human beings are causing global warming, however, that does not mean that I do not care about the environment. Personally, I hate the idea that we are polluting our atmosphere, water and everything else you can think of and writing an electric bicycle is promoting green technology and therefore creating new ways in which we can use natural resources to power our way to work and other places. Actually, you can use power from the sun to charge solar panels which in turn can create enough electricity to power an electric bicycle. You can then ride electric bicycle to where ever you need to go off of the energy that the sun can create, and this is known as sustainable energy. Sustainable energy is great because it is free, creates no pollution and is available to everyone that is willing to invest a little money. Over the next 10 years, because of the popularity of electric bikes around the world, there will be great advances in electric batteries and other sources of energy that we can store and use without creating loads of pollution which will damaged our atmosphere in our general environments where we have to live.
Reason Five: Being Different
Many people would not consider this to be much of a reason, but I do. I want to be a part of something new and different without spending an arm and a leg. I want to be a part of movement which will keep our environment cleaner and people healthier. I want to show people how to have fun while doing all of these things and teach them a way to do things the will make their lives further enriched. This is why I promote electric bikes and electric scooters and I hope you’ll join me in this movement.