New electric bike offers so much storage, you won’t miss your car

March 20, 2018 by  
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The swanky new CERO One electric cargo bike is designed to ease the adoption of more environmentally-friendly transportation. Electric bikes, or e-bikes , are 10 to 20 times more efficient than a car , but many lack the convenience of cargo space. Not CERO One. Kitted with a novel modular cargo rack system, this bike can be reconfigured to suit the needs of any particular person or task. The CERO One was invented by environmentalist Kiyoshi Iwai, who hopes to make his hometown of Los Angeles a better place to live in part through practical e-bikes. An avid surfer , Iwai was inspired to create a storage system that makes it easy to haul significant cargo, like a surfboard. The modular system has 12 distinct configurations that include three aluminum baskets on the front and rear of the bike and space for a child’s seat in the back. Thanks to its abundant storage space and resilient design, the CERO One can carry up to 300 pounds in cargo. Related: EvoWheel converts almost any bicycle into an electric bike in just 30 seconds CERO has equipped their latest e-bike with a new-generation Shimano 504Wh battery that has a range of 93 miles on a single charge and a top speed of around 20 MPH. Even with the heaviest of loads, the CERO One is capable of traveling 44 miles before requiring a recharge. The CERO One requires five hours for a full recharge, or two and a half hours for approximately 80 percent. The e-bike is available to purchase for $3,399. Via Curbed Images via CERO

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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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Harrison Ford: The greatest threat is that people in charge don’t believe in science

November 16, 2017 by  
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Take it from Indiana Jones (or Han Solo, or Rick Deckard) — doubting climate change is dangerous. The actor who played all of these characters, Harrison Ford recently gave a speech at the 30th anniversary gala for Conservation International  (CI). After receiving the Founders’ Award at the ceremony in Culver City, the outspoken advocate for ecological and environmental protection expressed his frustration with Trump — albeit indirectly. The vice-chair of CI said, “We face an unprecedented moment in this country. Today’s greatest threat is not climate change, not pollution , not flood or fire. It’s that we’ve got people in charge of important shit who don’t believe in science .” As IFLScience points out, it is hard to disagree with his assessment. Though 97 percent of climate scientists agree that global warming is a real phenomenon that poses great threats, the Trump administration — led by President Donald Trump — has downplayed the veracity that global warming is real and worrisome. To make matters worse, the administration hasn’t just ignored the science — it has outright attacked scientists and the field’s various branches. Related: Major climate science denial group admits to using false temperature data “I’m here tonight for one reason: I care deeply for the natural world . It’s not about me, it’s not about me at all, it’s about this other world we’re going to leave behind,” Ford continued. “If we don’t stop the destruction of nature, nothing else will matter. Jobs won’t matter, our economies won’t matter, our freedoms and ethics won’t matter, our children’s education and potential won’t matter, peace , prosperity.” “If we end the ability of a healthy natural world to sustain humanity nothing else will matter, simply said. For decades, Ford has advocated for sustainable change. He has met with lawmakers, businesses, and communities to discuss how improvements can be made to conservation policies and practices, according to the Hollywood Reporter . Now, he’s fed up with politicians dragging their feet and is using his platform to speak out and raise awareness. Ford concluded, “Other than my family, doing this work has been the most important thing of my life. Nature doesn’t need people, people need nature.” Via Hollywood Reporter, IFLScience Images via Wikimedia Commons,  Flickr

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The world’s most compact electric bike folds to fit into your backpack

May 25, 2017 by  
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Forget traditional bikes or skateboards – the future of green transportation is the Smacircle S1 , an incredibly compact and lightweight electric bike that can be folded up and carried in your backpack. Introduced to the world via an IndieGoGo campaign , the invention has surpassed its startup goal by 281% – and it’s not difficult to comprehend why. The carbon fiber S1 eBike can be folded in five simple steps and can travel up to 12.4 mph. Additionally, though it only weighs 15.4 lbs, the eBike can hold 220 lbs. According to the founders of the Smacircle S1, the road-legal ergonomic design folds to 19-inches and, with a 240W motor, can propel commuters in quick fashion without the need to pedal. On a single charge, the eBike can deliver a distance of 12 miles. After being plugged into any domestic power socket for 2.5 hours, it is ready to go again. The invention is road-legal and provides both front and side lights to make it highly visible to vehicles, pedestrians and other cyclists on the road. Electric brakes allow the bike to quickly stop to prevent accidents. The S1 automatically syncs to your smartphone when you approach, and an app unlocks the eBike. This feature prevents the invention from being stolen, as the accelerator deactivates until the original owner unlocks the S1. Other features of the app include the ability to adjust the lights’ intensity, track routes traveled and monitor speed and battery life. Once they’re rolling, commuters can attach their phones to the handlebars to keep the device fully charged, thanks to a built-in USB charger. Related: Make Your Own Electric Bicycle With the Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide The initial crowdfunding goal was set at $30,000 – but the project surpassed its goal by 281% in just five days. According to the founders, the next crowdfunding campaign will attempt to reach $300,000 to “put the next generation eBike into mass production.” The starting price for an S1 eBike is $1,499. + Smacircle S1 Images via Smacircle S1 IndieGoGo campaign

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VELLO launches the world’s first folding electric bike that can charge itself

October 11, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ll3s9RpXF4o The VELLO BIKE+ features a variety of innovations designed to revolutionize the experience of cycling in the city. According to VELLO, the bike is the ” smallest and lightest electric folding bike on the market .” It weighs around 26 pounds and is 21 by 28 by 9 inches big. It folds down in seconds to fit under a desk or in a car trunk, and users can map their route or remotely lock the VELLO BIKE+ via an app. Related: Foldable bike scooter combo runs entirely on electricity Because the bike charges itself, riders never need to plug it in! It harvests energy when riders brake or pedal using an integrated kinetic energy recovery system. The amount of energy generated depends on factors like road slope and pedaling speed. A 250W motor gives riders an electric boost, but according to VELLO the bike is still easy to pedal when power assistance is switched off. VELLO says users can ride for around 20 miles at 15 miles per hour on a full charge without any effort. Co-founder Valentin Vodev said in a statement, “For us converting ideas into products is a metamorphosis from the common to the unexplored – a discovery through which we can define new functions and forms.” With just under a month to go, VELLO has raised over $170,000 out of a $89,540 goal on Kickstarter. You can back the project here – the early bird price is 1,599 Euros, or about $1,799. + VELLO

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Handmade Italian e-bike stops traffic with its weightless, elegant design

July 5, 2016 by  
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Young Swiss company velocipede-fogliaverde has unveiled a lighter-than-air, stylish electric bike for urban riders. At just 18.7 kg or 41 lbs, this incredibly light, elegant bike is the first non-plugin parallel hybrid E-hub on the market. The high-tech system only gives you power when you absolutely need it to accelerate or go up hill. Using a torque and slope sensing technology, this e-bike contains an invisible battery with no wiring, and is controlled with Bluetooth-smartphone connectivity. Inspired by the elegant high-quality cult bicycles of yesteryear, the stunning set of wheels comes equipped with a leather case, saddle bag of tools, two steel porters, wooden chain guard, carrying strap, kickstand, bell and reflectors. Whether you commute to work or take it out for a leisurely spin, admiration of bystanders is guaranteed. + velocipede-fogliaverde 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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Yuba’s Spicy Curry electric bike helps you blaze around town with a full cargo

June 29, 2016 by  
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New to the electric cargo bike scene is Yuba’s Spicy Curry bike , a purpose-built electric bike designed for commuting to work, transporting kids, groceries or any cargo up to 300 lbs. Sporting LED lights, hydraulic disc brakes, the dynamic set of wheels can zoom up to twenty miles per hour with a full cargo load. The Spicy Curry was a recipient of the 2015 Gold EUROBIKE Award, and provides riders with an earth-friendly and healthy vehicle substitute without giving up what a car can do. + Spicy Curry Electric Cargo Bike by Yuba 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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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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Super 73 is the perfect bike-motorcycle hybrid for your urban commute

June 20, 2016 by  
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Super 73 is a clever ebike that fills the gap between the bike and the motorcycle. The best selling motor vehicle ever is the is a 49cc motorcycle, called the Honda Super Cub. It has out sold any car, and is used as the primary form of transportation to this day in many developing countries throughout the world. Super 73 fits in that same niche, but with a bunch of super handy details that make it the perfect way to get around your own town . The bike has 1000 watts of power packed into a stylish Californian design that includes a cup holder, bottle opener, USB charging port, removable lithium battery and illuminated rear and headlights. It can go over 25 mph, has powerful disc brakes, wide tires to let it tackle any terrain and can charge fully in just 4 hours. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzEKG9SK9ys + Super 73 on Kickstarter

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Syrian refugee inventor builds an electric bike to get around camp

April 11, 2016 by  
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Even in a refugee camp , this man is working to build a better life. Safwan Harb fled Syria with two family members, and they settled in Zaatari , a refugee camp monitored by the United Nations and government of Jordan. Yet Harb and his family are all disabled, and it was difficult for them to get around on Zaatari’s uneven dirt streets. So Harb designed a creative electric bicycle . Read the rest of Syrian refugee inventor builds an electric bike to get around camp

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