Swytch is revolutionizing the e-bike conversion system

November 16, 2017 by  
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Wheels like the GeoOrbital and Copenhagen Wheel will turn your standard bike into an electric one, but their weight can make it impossible to pedal far in non-electric mode. That’s why we’re so into the new Swytch eBike conversion kit. Swytch puts the electronics and battery on your handlebar, leaving your wheel light and easy to pedal, even when you aren’t in e-bike mode. Electric wheel conversion kits are heavy because they have to carry the battery, motor and electronics all within in the wheel structure. That makes it difficult to pedal when you aren’t using the electric assist. But Swytch claims to eliminate that problem by putting the battery and electronics in a pack that attaches to your handlebars, leaving just the motor on the wheel. That makes it so you can leave the wheel on full-time and still use the bike in non- e-bike mode. The pack can also be mounted in a few seconds (after the initial installation), so you can switch back and forth as needed. More: Swap-in wheel converts any bike into an electric within 60 seconds The pack also includes a light to improve visibility, and riders can control the amount of electric assistance and check range using a control panel on the top of the pack. It also weighs in at a scant 8.6 pounds (10.6 if you choose the larger battery). That’s half of the weight of the electric wheels out there, which typically weigh around 20 pounds. It’s also more versatile, fitting on any size wheel. That means you can now electrify your Penny-farthing, Kickbike or recumbent bike. The small battery has a 25-mile range, while the larger one can take you 50 miles. If you want to snatch up a Swytch, they are running and Indiegogo campaign (which has already surpassed its goal). You can get a kit for $299 right now, over half off the retail price of $650. That’s cheaper than other wheels, which sit in the $1,000 – $1,500 range. + Swytch Indiegogo Via New Atlas

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UPS rolls out first e-bike delivery in the United States

December 8, 2016 by  
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The United Parcel Service (UPS) recently announced their first e-bike delivery program in the United States. Continuing wide-ranging sustainability efforts, the company chose Portland , Oregon to host their environmentally-conscious program. 109 years ago, UPS got its start delivering messages and packages via bicycle . Although the company eventually steered towards delivery by automobiles and airplanes, bikes may now be making a comeback, according to UPS Senior Vice President for Global Engineering and Sustainability Mark Wallace. On November 21, UPS’s special electronically-powered tricycle started making deliveries in Portland, a city the company chose because they already deliver via bicycle there seasonally. Related: This solar-powered e-bike has a top speed of 30 mph Portland mayor Charlie Hales said in a statement, “Portland, like all cities, is looking for ways to fight urban congestion and pollution. It’s great when a company like UPS brings us a unique solution that will help us combat climate change and protect the environment.” UPS’ e-bike could allow the company to ramp up sustainable delivery, as they can carry more, travel further, and navigate hills easier than traditional bikes. Deliverers can either pedal the bike or allow the electric motor powered by a battery to do the work. According to UPS, the e-bike is most energy-efficient when a human is pedaling and relying on battery power at the same time. UPS tested e-bike delivery service in 2012 in Hamburg, Germany, where they evaluated both bicycle and on-foot delivery methods. The successful experiment saw emissions reduced and traffic eased, according to UPS, and in 2015 it was announced the program would continue for two more years. UPS will now assess the e-bike’s design and reliability, and how well the bike fits into Portland. Should the pioneering pilot project work, the company hopes to deploy more e-bikes, possibly as soon as 2017. + United Parcel Service Images courtesy of United Parcel Service

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Coolpeds launches an affordable, lightweight and stylish $500 electric bike

June 29, 2016 by  
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Coolpeds is introducing what they believe is the world’s most affordable and lightweight electric bike . The Coolpeds iBike is ready to revolutionize the electric bike industry with its super light weight (about 28 lb), powerful 350 watt brushless motor, and front wheel drive system for safer and easier handling. The bike has a cool, retro style and the battery is even concealed in a leather-look pouch and will cost just $500. Now you can ride through town stylishly and effortlessly, surprising everyone with how you get there so fast and still look so good! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP04MJeIZZs + Coolpeds on Prefundia

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SitGo is a foldable electric bike that charges using a cigarette lighter receptacle

October 29, 2015 by  
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SitGo is a unique, portable electric bicycle that can be charged with a car’s cigarette lighter receptacle. SitGo is not an ordinary electric bicycle – along with its unique, efficient design, it has a USB port for charging your devices while on the go. It also has a 360-degree rotating cell phone holder allowing you to ride while listening to the music or keeping an eye on your navigation. When you get to where you are going, the SitGo can be folded up to slip under your desk or in a closet. You can help bring the handy little electric bike to the world by funding the SitGo campaign on Kickstarter . + SitGo on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Ford’s new Peer-2-Peer car sharing will let you rent your car to other drivers

June 30, 2015 by  
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Ford has announced the start of the new Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing program that will give customers the ability to rent their financed vehicles to other drivers. The new car sharing program is part of Ford’s Smart Mobility plan that was introduced earlier this year and will give owners the ability to offset some of their vehicle’s monthly costs. Ford Smart Mobility is the company’s plan to deliver the next level in connectivity, mobility and autonomous vehicles. Read the rest of Ford’s new Peer-2-Peer car sharing will let you rent your car to other drivers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Car Sharing , easycar Club , ebike , electric bike , ford , Ford Smart Mobility Plan , Getaround , green car , green transportation , MoDe: Flex , Peer-2-Peer Car Sharing , urban planning

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i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone

August 25, 2011 by  
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i-Go is an electric bike concept loaded with futuristic rider-friendly features such as regenerative wireless brakes, internal gears, smartphone charging ability , mobile app and GPS all integrated into a foldable design.  The i-Go ebike rental system was designed by recent college grad Marc Andre Cardinal , and it may be the best bike share scheme we’ve seen to date. Read the rest of i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: app , Art , bicycle , bike , bike sharing programs , bikeshare , Climate Change , CO2 , collaborative consumption , ebike , eco community , eco design , eco habitat , eco-art , eco-conscious , eco-friendly , electric bicycle , electric bike , energy recovery , Environment , environmental design , green design , green economy , green infrastructure , green living , green technology , green transportation , humber college institute of technology , infrastructure , macs designs , marc andre cardinal , multipurpose transportation , organic electronics , public , public health , public transit , Recycled Materials , renewable energy , sustainable design , sustainable living , upcycle , urban transportation , waste management , wireless braking

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