Propella’s lightweight electric bike rides like a regular bike

April 6, 2017 by  
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Electric bicycles just keep getting sleeker and slimmer. Propella has just come out with a second generation e-bike that could almost be mistaken for a regular bike. They say their Propella 2.0 rides like a traditional road bike, has a 15 percent smaller battery than its competitor, and it’s said to be eight percent lighter. With a goal to bridge the divide between electric bikes and ordinary bikes, Propella’s 2.0 e-bike features minimalist design that keeps it nice and light. It weighs 34.5 pounds, and according to the company is “classified as the lightest electric vehicle in its class.” Its top speed is 20 miles per hour. Related: Turn any bike into an e-bike with UrbanX’s drop-in wheel You’d be forgiven for mistaking the bike’s battery for a water bottle – it fits snugly against the down tube but boasts Panasonic’s lithium ion technology. The 36 volt battery can be charged in two and a half hours, and offers a range of up to 40 miles. There’s an anti-theft lock on the battery, which can be removed and charged via a standard wall outlet. The bike’s 250 watt geared hub motor fits into the rear wheel, and Propella describes the motor as both quiet and maintenance-free. A LED display on one of the bike’s handles allows riders to choose their pedal assist level. On the company’s Indiegogo campaign page they say concept electric vehicles inspired them to design their bike “so that Propella riders can be guaranteed to own the most beautiful electric bike in the world.” With a month left on their Indiegogo campaign, Propella has reached almost $50,000 of a $60,000 goal. Their super early backer prices are already sold out; now cycling fans can grab a single speed for $999 or a seven-speed for $1,149; both are 33 percent off retail price. The company says their single speed is still “quite capable of climbing most hills.” You can check out the campaign here . + Propella + Propella on Indiegogo Images via Propella

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Turn any bike into an e-bike with UrbanX’s drop-in wheel

March 20, 2017 by  
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Are you intrigued by electric bicycles but already own a regular bike? UrbanX created a drop-in wheel that can turn almost any old bicycle into a cool e-bike. The wheel only takes around one minute to install and boasts an impressive range of 30 miles on a single charge. The UrbanX bike wheel simplifies e-bikes: add their wheel and you’re good to go. The product adds an additional 15 pounds to a bike, which isn’t as heavy or clunky as some electric bikes can be. The company behind the product offers the wheel in six sizes; they say it will fit 99 percent of bikes. Their compact battery charges in an hour and a half. Related: Juicer electric bikes bridge dorky environmentalism and cool-guy style https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/934648866/urbanx-convert-any-bike-to-an-electric-bike-in-60/description The company offers a 240 watt motor and a 350 watt motor. The 240W motor’s top speed is 15 miles per hour (mph) while the 350W motor’s top speed is 20mph. Bikers can also pedal as normal; UrbanX includes a three level pedal assist system that can be switched via an app. UrbanX says their product “works smarter, not harder by using an algorithm to ensure 100 percent of motor output is utilized to power your ride.” They came up with their patent-pending Sinus Algorithm Controlling System to boost the battery and motor’s efficiency. UrbanX isn’t the first company to come out with such a product; GeoOrbital also recently unveiled a bike wheel that converts bicycles into e-bikes within 60 seconds. The look of the two wheels are quite different, and UrbanX’s 240W motor wheel is much less expensive than GeoOrbital’s wheel. To help bring their product to market, UrbanX also turned to crowdfunding . With over 30 days to go, they’ve raised more than double their initial goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter . The limited early bird prices for the tires start at $299. UrbanX ambitiously says they’ll be delivering the wheels this summer. Via TreeHugger Images via UrbanX Electric Wheel Facebook

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Conquer hills in style with the elegant Faraday Cortland electric bicycle

February 8, 2016 by  
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The beautiful Bolt electric motorcyle can be ridden like a bicycle

December 10, 2015 by  
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Clean energy report: a closer look at renewables in the United States

December 10, 2015 by  
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The past two weeks, we’ve heard a lot from world leaders in Paris about a global strategy to address climate change. The talks have been full of scrutiny surrounding carbon emissions, fossil fuel usage, clean energy projects, and conservation. As President Obama pressures government leaders of less developed nations to clamp down on emissions and invest more in renewable energy, many will be looking to the United States to see what kind of progress has been made toward a cleaner future. Renewable energy is on the rise in some states, while other regions still cling to dirty fossil fuels. Here’s a deeper look into who is doing it right, who is lagging behind, and what the future looks like in the American energy scene. Read the rest of Clean energy report: a closer look at renewables in the United States

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“Resurrection plants” could offer hope as climate change decimates crops

December 10, 2015 by  
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As the climate begins to change, transforming formerly fertile agricultural regions into dusty, arid fields, scientists are determined to adapt. Jill Farrant, a professor of molecular and cell biology in Cape Town, South Africa, believes the key to breeding more drought-tolerant crops lies in a unique group of flora called “ resurrection plants, ” which can go dormant for years, only to return when conditions are more favorable. Read the rest of “Resurrection plants” could offer hope as climate change decimates crops

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The VANMOOF Electrified is a smart, stylish, and stealthy electric dream bike

October 28, 2015 by  
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Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest and you could win a $3000 VANMOOF electric bike

October 15, 2015 by  
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It’s that time of year again: people across the United States are eating and drinking pumpkin everything , storefronts are decked out in fake cobwebs and creepy eyeball lights, and Inhabitat is launching the best Halloween costume contest to date with a chance to win a VANMOOF electric bike valued at a whopping $3,000 . Which means the competition will be stiffer than ever. We aren’t looking for witch hats from Target, folks. We’re looking for the most innovative, thought-provoking DIY costumes made by you for you – not in some factory in China. Luckily, we have a host of brilliant past costumes to share as inspiration. So roll up your sleeves, evoke your creative ghouls, and enter Inhabitat’s 2015 Halloween Contest by October 31st, 2015 for a chance to win the world’s first intelligent electric bike complete with built-in GPS tracking. ENTER YOUR ADULT COSTUMES HERE > ENTER YOUR KIDS’ COSTUMES HERE > Read the rest of Enter Inhabitat’s Green Halloween Costume Contest and you could win a $3000 VANMOOF electric bike

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This solar-powered e-bike has a top speed of 30 mph

April 8, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Like most plug-in battery-powered items, it can be a bit of a drag to find an outlet for one’s  electric bike and then sit around waiting for it to charge. Copenhagen-based engineer Jesper Frausig has come up with a solar-powered alternative that never needs to be plugged in. Instead, the Solar Bike charges its battery from available sunlight when parked, and has a range of over 40 miles. Read the rest of This solar-powered e-bike has a top speed of 30 mph Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: copenhagen bike , e-bike , e-bike range , e-bike speed , electric bike , green transportation , Index Awards , index: award , jesper frausig , new electric bike , solar bike , solar powered bike , solarbike

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EVELO’s Omni Wheel transforms your bicycle into an electric bike in a snap

February 3, 2015 by  
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Electric bikes an increasingly popular way to get commuters out of the car and onto a greener mode of transportation —but, the transition comes at a pretty high price. With that in mind electric bike company EVELO created the Omni Wheel , which transforms ones existing bicycle into an e-bike in just 30 minutes, and for half the cost of a new electric bike. Read the rest of EVELO’s Omni Wheel transforms your bicycle into an electric bike in a snap Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cycling , e-bike , e-cycle , ebike , electric bike , electric bike conversion , electric vehicle , evelo , green transportation , omni , omni wheel , pedal assist

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