electric bikes

  • ARĪV eBike from General Motors

    Back in November, General Motors held a naming contest for a new electric vehicle—not a car, but a foldable electric bicycle. Now the company has announced the name, and says the bike will go on sale in Europe later this spring. Known as the Arīv Meld and the Arīv Merge, the bikes have a range of up to almost 40 miles (64 kilometers) on a 3.5-hour charge—assuming the rider contributes at least some pedal power. Using European standards, the bikes charge at 230 volts, which may explain some of the delay in bringing them to the U.S. READ MORE: GM creates a global e-bike, looks for...

  • GM compact e-bike
    GM creates a global e-bike, looks for branding help with contest

    General Motors is already shaping up to be second only to Tesla in blasting past the 200,000-vehicle ceiling for the federal EV tax credit; and it has plans to produce 20 new fully electric vehicles by 2023. Part of that EV-savvy strategy, apparently—or a parallel one, perhaps—involves...

  • UPS electric trike launch in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    UPS to deliver packages in Florida via electric bikes

    If you're the type of person that stays at home listening for the UPS truck to arrive as you wait for a delivery, we have bad news for you: that just got a lot more difficult. UPS has launched its first silent electric delivery trike along Las Olas Boulevard and the surrounding neighborhoods of...

  • Smart ebike electric bicycle
    Why electric bikes may deserve purchase incentives too

    If plug-in electric cars and trucks receive purchase incentives from national and state governments, what about electric bicycles? That's just what a recent report from the European Cyclists Federation suggests. It recommends directing purchase incentives and infrastructure subsidies towards...

  • Mahindra GenZe electric scooter
    India's Mahindra To Build Electric Two-Wheeler In Michigan

    A little slice of India will soon be moving into Michigan, with the announcement that Mahindra will produce an electric two-wheeler at a factory in Ann Arbor. India's Mahindra Group is investing in a 37,000 square-foot facility to produce the GenZe electric scooter. ALSO SEE: Do The BMW i3 And i8...

  • Peugeot AE21 e-bike hybrid bicycle
    Riding Peugeot's Hybrid Bicycles: Electric Two-Wheelers Tested

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  • CitiBike NYC racks in Manhattan, by Margaret Bedore (CC 3.0)

    ShareRoller is a removable friction-drive motor that could help energize morning commutes.

  • Green Energy Motors Commute-Case electric scooter
    Electric Scooter In A Briefcase: Would You Pay $6,000 For It?

    You only need witness the success of the Transformers movie franchise to know that people like the idea of things changing into other things. Let's assume that a Camaro that turns into an Autobot isn't suitable for your commute however. How about a briefcase that turns into an electric scooter?...

  • Otocycles' retro electric bicycle
    Spanish Electric Bicycle Has Custom Cruiser Look

    It's telling that some of the most exciting transport designs these days can be found in one of the fastest-growing sectors: electric bicycles. We've covered several electric bicycles on Green Car Reports in the past and the vast majority are veritable works of art--whether retro-inspired or...

  • FlyKly's Smart Wheel all-in-one electric bike wheel
    All-In-One Wheel For E-Bicycles: Battery Two-Wheelers To Swamp Electric Cars?

    When debating the merits of electric cars, hybrids, hydrogen and other alternative fuels, it's easy to get tied down in the notion they're the solution to all our transport problems. They aren't of course--they're just a solution. Improvements to public transit, encouraging people to walk a little...

  • Scrooser electric scooter (Photo: Scrooser)
    Scrooser Electric Scooter: "A Harley-Davidson For The Sidewalk"

    One of the main criticisms of electric cars is that they often lack the sort of raw appeal that makes you want a product, transcending any notions of buying because you need it. Oddly, the world of electric two-wheelers hasn't had this trouble, particularly as you delve into the realms of simple...

  • Ride The Future electric vehicle tour ends at Google HQ (Photos: Morgan Vanderwall)
    Ride The Future Cross-Country Electric Road Trip Ends At Google HQ

    After more than 3,000 miles, 44 cities and some new Guinness World Records, 12 riders have finally completed their electric Ride The Future vehicle tour across the U.S. The group pulled into Charleston Park in Mountain View, California--home of Google and the Google Campus--after completing 3,745...

  • Smart eBike electric bicycle

    It shouldn't come as a surprise to discover that there are more bicycles around than there are cars. They're vastly cheaper for a start, and require no pesky tax, parking fees or indeed, fuel. As far as methods of transport go, they're second only to walking for inexpense. More newsworthy is that the electrically-assisted bicycle, or e-bike, is starting to take its own healthy slice of the market--particularly in Europe. Navigant Research reports figures from the European Cycling Federation on both car and bicycle sales figures from 2011. The former figure is around 13 million, the latter...

  • Czech flying electric bicycle
    Flying Electric Bicycle Debuts In Prague, Will NYC Ban These Too?

    New Yorker? Own an electric bicycle? You're probably pretty angry right now, since the city has just banned the use of electric bikes on its streets. Which would be fine, had you not just bought one, still entirely legally, from a shop. It's okay though, we have a solution--turn it into a flying...

  • Smart ebike electric bicycle
    NYC Bans Electric Bikes (Again), Launches Bike Sharing System

    About a month ago, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill that banned electric bikes from the city's streets. (Like all bikes, they're also banned from sidewalks--not that every rider seems to know that.) And as a Navigant Research blog post points out, e-bikes were already illegal...

  • Zeit Eco electric scooter (Images: Zeit)
    ZeitEco Electric Scooter Is A Swiss Army Knife On Two Wheels

    If there's one form of personal transport better for tackling a crowded city than the electric car, it's an electric bike. Whether pedal bike, scooter or motorcycle, nothing scythes through traffic quite like it. But just as electric automakers are beginning to explore what's possible when not held...

  • Smart ebike electric bicycle
    Electric Two-Wheelers Run Rampant In China, Outrun Regulations

    China might be one of the biggest car markets on the planet, but for makers of electric and hybrid vehicles, it's a tough one to crack. The same cannot be said for electric bicycles, though. The country's love of bicycles is well-publicized, but the market penetration of electric bikes still...

  • Outrider Alpha recumbent electric adventure bike (Image: Outrider)
    Can An 'Ultralight Adventure Vehicle' Be An Electric Bicycle?

    Got some money to burn and in need of a hobby? Perhaps some sort of adventure sport, but nothing too crazy--off-road bikes, perhaps? Not just any off-road bike though. It has to be electric, for a start. What about one of Outrider's electric recumbent bikes? Yes indeed--there is now such a thing as...

  • Cykno electric bicycle

    A complaint we hear a lot about electric vehicles is that they're simply not beautiful enough. We can't think of a good reason that few seem capable of making electric transport look good, though in fairness the same can be said for many internal combustion vehicles too. Lack of beauty is not a complaint you could level at the Cykno electric bicycle, however. In fact, it's got the sort of styling you could happily stare at for hours, before realizing that it's actually a functional object. Many electric bicycles--Smart's eBike being a good example--explore a modern take on the two-wheeled...

  • Zero S electric motorcycle (Image: Zero Motorcycles)
    Zero Will Now Sell You, Too, An All-Electric Cop Motorcycle

    Imagine, for a second, you're doing some dodgy criminal dealings, and the cops are onto your hideout location. You still have time though--you've heard no sirens, no vehicle pulling up outside the warehouse. And that would be your final mistake--just because you've not heard anything, doesn't mean...

  • Xkuty One electric scooter [Image: Xkuty]
    Xkuty One: Electric Scooter Looks Cool, Hard To Pronounce

    If you've ever visited a European city, you'll be familiar with the speedy footwork required to dodge the army of angry-sounding two-stroke scooters every time you cross the street. Replacing all those with silent-running electric scooters is terrifying in many ways, though the cut in noise and...

  • Hopper electric scooter taxi service in Amsterdam (Image: Hopper Youtube screen capture)
    Incapable In Amsterdam? Call An Emission-Free Electric Scooter Taxi

    Amsterdam in the Netherlands is known for many things--canals, beautiful architecture, and a relaxed attitude to drugs and carnal pleasures. It's also, as it happens, an excellent city to explore on two wheels. Not only are there few hills to contend with, but Amsterdam is very much geared towards...

  • 2010 Smart Escooter Concept
    Smart Pairs With Vectrix For 2014 Electric Scooter

    A few months back, after riding the Smart eBike, we concluded that it might actually be the best vehicle the company makes. That makes the upcoming Smart electric scooter something worth waiting for--and to build it, the company is getting assistance from electric motorcycle experts Vectrix...

  • Smart eBike electric bicycle
    Smart eBike: Commute, Ride For Leisure, Or... Play Polo?

    Smart is all about breaking preconceptions. Small cars can't be safe? Not the case. Cheap cars have to be dull? Not a bit of it. Here are a few more: Polo is only played by high society folk on horses, Spring Break is a wild vacation, and electric bikes are just a tool for commuting. Not according...

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