electric motor – Veldia http://veldia.net/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 06:26:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://veldia.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-92-150x150.jpg electric motor – Veldia http://veldia.net/ 32 32 Frustrated car owners are turning to e-bikes, local shops say https://veldia.net/frustrated-car-owners-are-turning-to-e-bikes-local-shops-say/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://veldia.net/frustrated-car-owners-are-turning-to-e-bikes-local-shops-say/ The recent rise in fuel prices is leading to increased calls and visits from people looking to rethink the way they get around, say owners of stores selling e-bikes in Ottawa. Carlos Ascencio, owner of eBike Plus in Hintonburg, says that in the past two weeks he’s had more visits than normal from people looking […]]]>

The recent rise in fuel prices is leading to increased calls and visits from people looking to rethink the way they get around, say owners of stores selling e-bikes in Ottawa.

Carlos Ascencio, owner of eBike Plus in Hintonburg, says that in the past two weeks he’s had more visits than normal from people looking to replace their cars with an electric motor-assisted bike ride.

“They come and they say, ‘Listen, gas prices are going to go up from where they already are, so I want an e-bike,'” Ascencio said.

Sales of power-assisted bicycles, or e-bikes, in Canada have grown at an accelerated rate and are expected to increase further thanks to rising fuel prices, store owners say. (Philippe Morin/Radio-Canada)

Although she’s wanted an e-bike for years, Ottawa’s Mandy Foster says the economy prompted her to buy one last week.

“Honestly, with gas prices the way they are, it’s definitely become a more financially viable option,” Foster said.

Her new bike has an electric motor that only assists her when she pedals, but has enough power to help her tackle hills, haul cargo and increase her range. She says it can reduce her reliance on her car.

“I find that most of the trips I take in my car are short trips, within a five to 10 kilometer radius, and so being able to use a bike is definitely a better bet,” Foster said.

Carlos Ascencio, owner of eBike Plus in Hintonburg, says customers come to his store, making a direct link between high gas prices and their interest in an e-bike. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

Foster’s new bike comes from Ottawa-based e-bike manufacturer and store Teslica E-Bikes, where Mahmoud Bisiso works as a service manager.

“We’ve been getting more phone calls and emails lately, and people are mentioning gas prices as a factor,” Bisiso said.

The renewed interest comes as e-bikes were already seeing skyrocketing sales numbers in North America, according to William Leishman, owner of Scooteretti in Ottawa’s Byward Market.

His store has been selling e-bikes since 2010 and says rising fuel costs are expected to throw the market into overdrive.

“A bit more [calls] have started and we expect that to skyrocket in the next week or two as people also return to work,” Leishman said.

“These gas prices are not just a temporary problem, it’s a long-term problem.”

Unlike electric motorcycles or scooters, electric-assist bicycles must be pedaled for the electric motor to provide thrust. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

Apart from fuel prices and economy, new bike owner Foster says an intangible factor was also at play in her purchase.

“A bike is really about freedom,” Foster said. “I know I’m going to really enjoy this bike this summer.”

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Why more and more Nashvillians are turning to e-bikes to get around https://veldia.net/why-more-and-more-nashvillians-are-turning-to-e-bikes-to-get-around/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 23:15:00 +0000 https://veldia.net/why-more-and-more-nashvillians-are-turning-to-e-bikes-to-get-around/ Rachel IacovoneWPLN News E-bikes have started to spread in Nashville, and a ruling last year allows them on the city’s greenways. Electric motor bikes have been a subject of controversy since their arrival in Nashville. The local government has debated restrictions like where e-bikes should be allowed and how fast they should go. But last […]]]>

Rachel IacovoneWPLN News

E-bikes have started to spread in Nashville, and a ruling last year allows them on the city’s greenways.

Electric motor bikes have been a subject of controversy since their arrival in Nashville. The local government has debated restrictions like where e-bikes should be allowed and how fast they should go.

But last year, Nashville began allowing them on the city’s greenways, with a 15-mile-per-hour speed limit. And for about a year, the BCycle self-service bicycle program has had an electric fleet.

With e-bikes becoming more popular in the city, Walk Bike Nashville began soliciting feedback from riders. The group held a roundtable on Wednesday about how e-bikes could fit into the city’s future.

Lindsey Ganson says older riders who thought their days of riding were over are turning to e-bikes to ride again. And they’re a great option for new riders, who aren’t sure about riding around town.

She says getting assistance when riders try to climb a hill or get their horns honked can help people feel more confident.

“That’s especially important in a city like Nashville where we have so many hills, and we also have pretty extreme heat in the summer and also aggressive driving,” she said.

As Nashville’s population grows and the roads get busier, Ganson hopes more people will turn to e-bikes for commuting.

She says Walk Bike Nashville will continue to push for protected lanes and other cycling infrastructure, and to make cycling more accessible throughout the city.

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Yamaha unveils new electric moped, plus e-bikes and scooters https://veldia.net/yamaha-unveils-new-electric-moped-plus-e-bikes-and-scooters/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:11:00 +0000 https://veldia.net/yamaha-unveils-new-electric-moped-plus-e-bikes-and-scooters/ We knew Yamaha was soon to have a big reveal as part of the brand’s new “Switch ON” campaign to showcase its electric vehicle, but we were surprised by how many vehicles Yamaha finally brought to the scene. With six new electric two-wheelers on show, Yamaha caused a stir and underlined its commitment to lightweight […]]]>

We knew Yamaha was soon to have a big reveal as part of the brand’s new “Switch ON” campaign to showcase its electric vehicle, but we were surprised by how many vehicles Yamaha finally brought to the scene. With six new electric two-wheelers on show, Yamaha caused a stir and underlined its commitment to lightweight electric vehicles ranging from e-bikes to e-scooters in the 50cc to 125cc equivalent class.

The star of the show was perhaps the most radical two-wheeler on stage, the Yamaha B01.

The eye-catching trellis frame creates a stepper bike that fits right into the electric moped category with its chunky street tires and mid-mounted electric motor linked to a pedal drivetrain.

In fact, the bike looks so good it even conjures up memories of another recently revealed e-bike, the Fantastic Isimo. I recently saw the Issimo in person at the Milan Motorcycle Show and it’s an electric moped beauty.

Turns out, Yamaha seems to have teamed up with Fantic, resulting in the Issimo ending up on the Yamaha stage adorned with a new Yamaha badge.

Whatever its name, the bike certainly embodies a new design to challenge many of the same older recycled moped designs we’ve seen over the years.

Yamaha offered specs of up to 45 km/h (28 mph), making it a speed e-bike in Europe (similar to a Class 3 e-bike in the US).

It looks like Yamaha is planning to bring the B01 concept to life.

As Eric De Seynes, President of Yamaha Motors Europe explained:

“His future will come true sooner. We will start production of this vehicle within a year, starting in 2023.”

It’s hard to say what motor and battery Yamaha plans to put in the B01.

The Fantic Issimo came with a Bafang M500 mid-drive motor in the urban version of the bike, and the company paired it with a 630 Wh battery. Yamaha may very well want to use its own brand of engine instead of going with a Chinese alternative like Bafang, but that remains to be seen as the B01 progresses towards production.

Electric bikes for gravel, streets and mountains

Yamaha also introduced three e-bikes in the categories of gravel bikes, road/commuter bikes and mountain bikes.

The gravel bike is the Yamaha Wabash RT and the commuter bike is the Yamaha CrossCore RC. Both were also unveiled in the US, where we got to see the full specs. The bikes share the same Yamaha-developed 500W mid-drive motors as well as the same 500Wh batteries.

The third bike, a dedicated full-suspension e-MTB, seemed to be shrouded in some sort of digital camouflage.

While the Yamaha Motor Europe team made it look like a new model, it may well be new to Europe as it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Yamaha YDX Moro previously unveiled in the US. This e-bike uses an innovative triangulated frame that tucks the rear suspension inside the two-piece top tube. It’s a nifty way to increase suspension travel while saving lots of battery space.

50cc and 125cc electric scooter equivalents

Finally, we finally had the chance to see the two electric scooters we were really waiting for.

The Yamaha E01 concept that we first saw in 2019 has finally launched as the new NEOS. A second NEOS scooter has also been unveiled alongside the E01’s offspring, although we haven’t received any detailed technical specs on either model. Instead, we’re told we’ll have to wait “a few more weeks” to find out more.

Both scooters are likely to compete well in the European market, leveraging Yamaha’s brand heritage and technological prowess in two-wheeler design.

What do you think of Yamaha’s new electric two-wheelers? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

And to help you gather your thoughts, watch the full unveiling ceremony in the video from Yamaha Motor Europe below.

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I took the new Big Issue e-bikes for a spin around Bristol and was pleasantly surprised https://veldia.net/i-took-the-new-big-issue-e-bikes-for-a-spin-around-bristol-and-was-pleasantly-surprised/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 16:56:45 +0000 https://veldia.net/i-took-the-new-big-issue-e-bikes-for-a-spin-around-bristol-and-was-pleasantly-surprised/ The Big Issue launched its first-ever cycling program in Bristol earlier this month, in partnership with ShareBike. The eco-bikes launched on February 1 and there are plans to roll them out to other UK cities in the future. The affordable transportation initiative will benefit the local community by providing people with an alternative to car […]]]>

The Big Issue launched its first-ever cycling program in Bristol earlier this month, in partnership with ShareBike. The eco-bikes launched on February 1 and there are plans to roll them out to other UK cities in the future.

The affordable transportation initiative will benefit the local community by providing people with an alternative to car use ahead of the Clean Air Zone plan, which is due to begin in late summer. It is designed to encourage healthy living in every location, reducing traffic congestion and encouraging people to cycle rather than drive.

Green job opportunities were also made available through the launch. Unemployed and vulnerable people in local communities have been offered positions and will have access to support and services to improve their lives. All employees will receive the living wage.

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It’s not the only presence The Big Issue has in Bristol, with the organization helping an average of 30 Bristol-based vendors sell nearly 1,500 copies of the magazine each week. Over the years they have also invested in local businesses and the wider Bristol community.

To help launch Big Issue’s e-bikes, £450,000 has been invested by City Friends – a Bristol-based impact investment fund managed by Bristol & Bath Regional Capital – but how good are the bikes when it’s is it to use them?

We decided to put them to the test to find out if they are a decent rival to Voi in terms of cheap and eco-friendly transport around the city.

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Our opinion

Having never ridden an e-bike before, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was far from disappointed. Bristol’s hilly environments will never be a problem again if you’re riding one of Big Issue’s 400 bikes through the city.

The electric motor kicked in all of a sudden and just like that I was suddenly lost in the wind and sped up. I found that you only had to barely pedal to navigate through the city, making it an effortless trip for cyclists.

Unfortunately, I think the brakes could have been better, but they were functional and secure, but not as sharp as I might have expected. The saddle itself was comfortable.

The bikes only have one gear, so when I went to try and tackle the notoriously steep Park Street, I didn’t have to worry about changing gears. In fact, it barely feels like an incline on any of these bikes.

They’re also easy to unlock by simply scanning the QR code on the back of the bike via the swanky new app. To complete your trip you have to take a picture of where you placed the bike and there are no annoying dividing lines like you find on Voi which can make users very frustrated when the signals GPS turn on.

It only costs a flat rate of 50p to start your ride with the pay as you go option and then an additional 20p per minute while driving, or you can opt for a £19.95 monthly pass which gives the First 10 minutes of each ride for free before later charging you 20p per minute. Both plans are capped at £12.



Every e-bike in Bristol has a unique name.

Every bike in Bristol has a different name, which is quite a nice feature for people who want to hop on. I had the pleasure of driving Karin through Bristol. The app on your cell phone tells you the location of your nearest e-bikes, its battery charge and directions to where you can find it, making it super easy for users.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised. Having used YoBikes in the past, I found this to be a much easier trip through Bristol, especially since I wasn’t all sweaty and exhausted at the end of my trip. I would highly recommend trying one.

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Devou Good is offering a $500 e-bike incentive rebate https://veldia.net/devou-good-is-offering-a-500-e-bike-incentive-rebate/ Fri, 11 Feb 2022 20:35:00 +0000 https://veldia.net/devou-good-is-offering-a-500-e-bike-incentive-rebate/ The Devou Good Foundation is offering a $500 discount to residents of select communities on both sides of the river who purchase an e-bike after Feb. 15. (photo: provided) by Robin Gee Starting Tuesday, Feb. 15, people who live in the northern Kentucky river towns of Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ludlow, and Newport, and select Cincinnati […]]]>
The Devou Good Foundation is offering a $500 discount to residents of select communities on both sides of the river who purchase an e-bike after Feb. 15. (photo: provided)

by Robin Gee

Starting Tuesday, Feb. 15, people who live in the northern Kentucky river towns of Bellevue, Covington, Dayton, Ludlow, and Newport, and select Cincinnati zip codes, will be eligible for a $500 purchase rebate. of an e-bike, thanks to a grant program through the Covington-based Devou Good Foundation.

The privately funded organization focuses on projects that support the community, including those aimed at “improving active transportation.” In northern Kentucky, the foundation has worked with neighborhood groups to improve traffic safety and flow through its Vision Zero program.

In Fort Thomas, the organization has partnered with Chesapeake residents to adopt a slow streets program, and in Newport, the group is helping support ephemeral bike lanes in hopes they will become permanent.

Devou Good launched its Active Transportation Fund last year, setting aside funds to support bike lanes, cycling infrastructure, pedestrian safety initiatives and the new e-bike grant program.

What is an electric bike?

E-bikes are bicycles equipped with a battery-powered electric motor to provide “pedal-assist” power for climbing steep hills. President of the Devou Good Foundation Matt Butler said the additional power boost makes it easier to tackle the many hills in our area, which he hopes will encourage more people to ride.

“When it comes to e-bikes, what people will find is that it’s a lot of fun, and they’re more likely to ride their e-bikes than not. not get used to,” he said. With e-bikes leveling those daunting hills, “people will be drawn back to the fun they had as kids riding bikes, and they’ll rediscover that joy.”

With increased use, he says, comes a host of benefits.

“E-bikes reduce a rider’s carbon footprint, improve their physical and emotional health while eliminating road wear,” he said. “E-bikes are a key part of active transportation and creating a sustainable future. They emit 25g of CO2e per person per kilometer, while buses emit 110g and cars 240g.”

He said he hopes the program will add 100 voters who support the development of e-bike and bike-friendly infrastructure.

“Another reason we’re interested in getting more people to ride bikes is to have more people asking their local governments, demanding their local governments, to provide safe places to ride bikes.”

How electric bikes work

Butler said the small e-bike motor is a force multiplier. In other words, the rider first has to pedal to start the engine, but once it starts, it provides extra power that essentially levels out hills. Those who ride e-bikes still have to pedal, so they’re still getting exercise, but hills are easier. With that, Butler said, the hope is that people will get out and ride more often and go further.

The batteries are small and light, and can be removed and charged at home overnight, much like a cellphone or laptop, he said.

“The batteries draw minimal electricity. And the great thing is that the range is extended,” Butler said. “I have an e-bike. I can ride about 30 miles round trip. My bike gets me to most of the meetings I need to attend. Obviously I don’t go all the way to Sharonville, but I can go about 10-12 miles.”

He said he faces some pretty steep hills to get anywhere from home, but with the e-bike it’s an easier and more enjoyable ride.

Most mainstream e-bikes cost between $1,500 and $4,000, and today almost every major bike manufacturer offers a range of e-bike models. The $500 discount can be applied to purchases made at physical bike stores and online stores. One of the reasons the foundation chose the city’s river corridor and a particular set of Cincinnati neighborhoods was both access to riding locations and proximity to bike shops in those areas.

The first modern e-bikes hit the market in the United States in 1998 and interest has grown steadily. According to data from the NPD Group, the 2020 e-bike retail market in the United States was estimated at $547 million, more than double the market in 2019. Industry analysts estimate that more than 12 million electric bikes will be sold in the United States between 2020 and 2023. Global sales figures are expected to bring in $130 million over the same period.

How to get your discount

“There’s been a lot of interest already,” Butler said. “…So if people are interested, I would encourage them to get ready to buy their bike and submit their rebate request as soon as possible. [after February 15]because the fund is limited to $50,000.”

Reimbursement is open to people living in Covington, Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, and Ludlow, or Cincinnati ZIP Codes: 45202, 45203, 45204, 45205, 45206, 45219, 45214, 45220, 45223, and 45226.

Here are the steps for the refund:

  • Buy your e-bike in a store or online after February 15 and keep the receipt.
  • Go to the Discounts on Devou Good Foundation electric bikes Web page.
  • Complete the application, which includes a seven-question survey, and upload your receipt.
  • Once approved, the Devou Good Foundation will send you a check for $500.
  • After 90 days, the foundation will send you another survey to complete. This one will ask you how you used the bike. Some of the questions, Butler said, will ask whether having the bike has changed your transportation choices. Have you used your e-bike for running errands? Did it allow you to go further in less time, opening up more possibilities for shopping or working?

Where to ride

The Foundation collects the e-bike data in hopes that it will support the expansion of bike-friendly and pedestrian-friendly policies and projects in the region.

Currently, trails and places to ride safely are dotted around our area. On the north Kentucky side of the river there is the River Commons Trail and the Licking the Riverfront Greenway Trailsbut Butler noted that these, like similar trails across the river, are in “pieces and parts”.

Cyclists can venture to Cincinnati via the Purple People Bridge or the Suspension Bridge to connect with the Ohio River Trailalso in the sections at present, he says.

While people on both sides of the river are actively working on plans, Butler said the big challenge in northern Kentucky is the number of individual municipalities along the river and building connections across them.

Devou Good sponsors a “Map of low-stress bikes” available through Three-state trials which provides information on trails and low-speed streets. Made by cyclists, the map indicates the streets to avoid and the recommended streets.

The Devou Good Foundation was founded by Rebecca Gensler, Butler’s wife, who established the fund to support and work with nonprofits and municipalities seeking to improve the quality of life for residents. For more information, visit Devou Good Foundation website.

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Lewes discusses e-bikes on the trails https://veldia.net/lewes-discusses-e-bikes-on-the-trails/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 21:00:50 +0000 https://veldia.net/lewes-discusses-e-bikes-on-the-trails/ A Lewes committee is discussing how to deal with the proliferation of e-bikes on local trails. The city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has yet to take a position on the matter, but the group is considering what action is needed, if any. Councilor Tim Ritzert said enforcing any limitations or restrictions could be difficult. […]]]>

A Lewes committee is discussing how to deal with the proliferation of e-bikes on local trails.

The city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee has yet to take a position on the matter, but the group is considering what action is needed, if any.

Councilor Tim Ritzert said enforcing any limitations or restrictions could be difficult.

“I think it’s difficult for the city to have rules that are different from the rules that are used on the county portion of the trails,” he said. “I think it would be very onerous for us to enforce and regulate.”

He recommended the city discuss creating uniform rules with other jurisdictions such as the City of Rehoboth Beach and Sussex County.

Ritzert noted that the issue is already addressed somewhat in a memorandum of understanding with the Delaware Department of Transportation regarding the city’s maintenance of the Lewes-to-Georgetown Trail. In it it is stated that motorized vehicles are prohibited from using the trail and the intended use of the trail is for cycling at low speeds of approximately 10 mph.

Deputy Mayor Andrew Williams said this conflicts with signage along the trail near Old World Breads in Nassau, where the fine print says the speed limit is 12 mph.

Committee member Robert Fischer said the MOU also conflicts with Delaware’s code, which defines bicycles as two- or three-wheeled vehicles with fully operable pedals and an electric motor under 750 watts or 1 horsepower with a top speed of 20 mph.

“It’s clear as mud,” Fischer said.

Fortunately, he said, there is a bill in the General Assembly that could clarify the whole situation. HB 19 was introduced in the House in December 2020 and received a unanimous vote in April 2021. It has been reviewed by the Senate Transportation Committee and is still awaiting a vote in the Senate.

The bill would allow local authorities and state agencies to ban the use of any class of e-bikes on trails if, after notice and hearing, the authority believes the restriction is necessary for safety reasons. .

The bill also defines e-bikes more precisely by assigning three classes. Class 1 is an e-bike fitted with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and does not exceed 15 mph. Class 2 is an electric bike equipped with a motor that can be used exclusively to propel the bike and does not exceed 18 mph. Class 3 is an e-bike with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and does not exceed 28 mph.

The bill allows a municipality to ban Class 3 e-bikes without a public hearing; however, restrictions for Class 1 and 2 e-bikes would require a public hearing.

The city’s bicycle and pedestrian committee plans to contact local lawmakers to find out if the bill is progressing.

Lewes is working on creating a low-stress bike path

The Bike and Pedestrian Committee is working to establish a low-stress bike loop throughout the city.

The city received a $12,500 grant from the Delaware Bicycle Council for the project, which is expected to be a 3.7-mile loop.

The bike path begins at the Lewes Public Library and follows the Lewes-to-Georgetown Trail to Devries Circle. Cyclists cross Savannah Road to join Sussex Drive and head towards the Highland Acres development, where they take a new path to the community of Mariner’s Retreat. From there, runners follow Seagull Drive towards New Road. They stay in the Reserves at Pilottown community until they connect to West Fourth Street, cross the Fourth Street Forest. Runners then turn briefly onto Burton Avenue before taking West Third Street past the Lewes Historical Society complex. Cyclists cross Savannah Road, take Kings Highway to Franklin Avenue, then return to the Lewes-to-Georgetown trail to the library.

The bike council grant will be used to add a curb to the Mariner’s Retreat development. The grant will not cover the full estimated cost of $15,000, so the city will cover the rest. The town is in talks with the developer of Mariner’s Retreat regarding widening the road from Seagull Drive to Sussex Drive, which is currently only a few feet wide.

The city is responsible for any wayfinding signage it adds, but these expenses have not yet been estimated.

The mayor and city council have not provided a fully executed agreement and work will not begin until then, but the project is expected to be completed within a year.

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Wisper now offers a limited run of full-throttle e-bikes https://veldia.net/wisper-now-offers-a-limited-run-of-full-throttle-e-bikes/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 11:25:32 +0000 https://veldia.net/wisper-now-offers-a-limited-run-of-full-throttle-e-bikes/ Wisper Bikes is now offering a limited run of its traditional line of e-bikes (806, 705 and 905) with full throttle that will propel the bikes up to 15.5mph without pedaling. “I’m especially excited to be able to offer full-throttle bikes again,” said founder and director David Miall. “They’re more inclusive than standard e-bikes, allowing […]]]>

Wisper Bikes is now offering a limited run of its traditional line of e-bikes (806, 705 and 905) with full throttle that will propel the bikes up to 15.5mph without pedaling.

“I’m especially excited to be able to offer full-throttle bikes again,” said founder and director David Miall. “They’re more inclusive than standard e-bikes, allowing those who need a little more help to discover or rediscover the joys of cycling.”

To be able to offer this capability, Wisper Bikes had a batch of their bikes tested by the DVSA and they have now been homologated as 250W low power mopeds.

250W LPM 250 Watt Low Power Moped.
It is a sub-group of low power mopeds which meets the criteria set out in the Electrically Assisted Cycles Regulations 1983 (SI 1983 No 1168) as amended by SI 2015 No 24. requirements are that the vehicle:

– Be provided with pedals by means of which it is likely to be propelled
– Be fitted with any motor other than an electric motor, which has a maximum continuous power rating, which does not exceed 250 watts and cannot propel the vehicle when traveling at more than 15.5 mph

This means these bikes can now be ridden legally on private roads and grounds in the UK at speeds of up to 15.5mph using only the throttle. These bikes will be sold direct from Wisper’s headquarters in Sevenoaks, Kent, with plans to roll out these bikes nationwide over the coming year.

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Wisper said he hopes offering such e-bikes will allow people who might have difficulty riding a standard electric-assist e-bike to be able to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of bikes. The bikes will also provide a fast, eco-friendly and economical option for urban commuters.

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Electric bikes – Have the manufacturers finally put the pedal to the metal? https://veldia.net/electric-bikes-have-the-manufacturers-finally-put-the-pedal-to-the-metal/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 16:29:47 +0000 https://veldia.net/electric-bikes-have-the-manufacturers-finally-put-the-pedal-to-the-metal/ There’s more to motorcycle culture than leather jackets and chrome exhausts. Since the 1970s, bicycles have developed an almost religious association, as best-selling philosophy book ‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance‘. It lasted almost 50 years later, with Jeff Goldblum recently on our screens to talk about all things bike related. But now there […]]]>

There’s more to motorcycle culture than leather jackets and chrome exhausts. Since the 1970s, bicycles have developed an almost religious association, as best-selling philosophy book ‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance‘. It lasted almost 50 years later, with Jeff Goldblum recently on our screens to talk about all things bike related.

But now there seems to be a fork in the road. Other vehicles are on the cusp of an electric revolution, while motorcycles are lagging behind. We are already seeing push bikes and scooters being redefined. Electric bike sales are on the rise 16% faster than their analogue predecessors, and UK cities are test electric scooters as a serious alternative to public transport. In both cases, the benefit is obvious: fewer emissions, less traffic and an increasingly mobile city.

Despite this, the motorcycle industry remains heavy on its electric adoption. But that could change. The goal of eliminate petrol and diesel vehicles means manufacturers are moving into the electric vehicle market, including motorcycles. It looks like an electric motorcycle might just become the norm rather than a novelty.

The journey so far

Today, “electricity” (along with “range”) is a bit of a buzzword in the automotive industry. As a result, we are seeing more and more push bikes and electric scooters being introduced to the market. AT CES 2022, for example, we’ve seen a few automakers discuss the “eMobility experience” while unveiling their technology. One such manufacturer, Segway, came to CES with a new line of scooters called the P-Series and a new moped-style electric scooter, the E11a. With wider running boards and handles, these nimble vehicles are ready to enter the personal market and provide shared operators.

As for bikes, Ukrainian startup Delfast showed off an upgraded model of its Top 3.0 e-bike. According to the company, these bikes can travel up to 200 miles on a single charge and are equipped with a smart computer that can receive software updates and immobilize the vehicle if stolen. It’s part and parcel of the “connected vehicles” theme we’ve been hearing a lot about lately.

But CES didn’t just highlight advances in electric bikes and scooters. Of a new Mercedes boasting 621 miles per charge to an electric BMW crossover that can change color, it goes without saying that electric cars are starting to find their groove. In fact, some would say they already have. In the UK, the Tesla Model 3 is the executive car of choice and became the second best-selling new car in 2021.

Yet these vehicles are not really affordable. At £42,500 ($57,500), Tesla’s electric car remains exclusive to the wealthiest British households. It’s not unique to Tesla either; four out of five British drivers say electric cars are generally too expensive. And that takes into account government support to buy them. Additionally, although cost is a factor, customers are hesitant to invest in technology that has not yet solved an infrastructure problem. Namely, the shortage of charging stations globally.

This could be the reason for a perceived lack of interest in electric motorcycles. Although there is an example to the contrary, which wins the hearts of tankers and proves that electricity can look good on two wheels. This example is the XP Zero, winner of 15 international design awards and capable of 110 hp from an electric motor. But as with other Zero Motorcycles models, customers are looking for a £12,000 to £20,000 ($16,000 – $27,000) price tag. So how do you make e-bikes more accessible?

Hope on the horizon

It’s no secret that the more diverse the market, the better for consumers. And it’s likely we’re about to see electric motorcycles go mainstream soon. While they have yet to unveil a personal vehicle, Ducati has shown off its first electric racing motorcycle ready to join MotoE. Known as the Ducati V21L, the electric prototype completed several laps on the Marco Simoncelli track at the Misano World Circuit. The significance here, of course, is that the motorsports industry often leads the way in terms of innovation – where they go, motoring as a whole tends to follow.

Internationally, there are already business cases for electric motorcycles. Thailand is testing e-bikes as taxis. On a single charge, these bikes can travel around 100 km – and the government is currently studying their impact on the economy and the environment. In Africa, electric vehicle manufacturer Opibus has formed a partnership with Uber to provide 3,000 electric bikes. With a large bike rack, the bikes are ideal for transporting luggage.

Interestingly, Opibus’ bikes are built around an interchangeable dual battery instead of relying on EV charging ports. It’s something we see on a much larger scale in China. NIO, often called Tesla in China, pioneered battery-swap technology in its home market and recently revealed it has installed 778 stations on major highways and cities. In effect, this means that instead of having to search for charging ports, consumers can swap out batteries when theirs runs out – a process that takes just three minutes. Norway is the first European country to sell NIO vehicles, and already 92% of buyers have subscribed to the battery swap functionality compared to traditional charging stations. Again, this is good news for motorcycle enthusiasts, who can expect the freedom to cover hundreds of miles at a time without worrying about restricted power sources.

Like motorsport, innovation in business is generally good for the consumer. As we see more stories about electric motorcycles being used in racing and retail, we can expect to see manufacturers eyeing the consumer market. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean audiences will flock to them. There’s a reason the motorcycle industry has been one of the slowest adopters of electrics, and it’s something manufacturers will need to overcome.

Road to Adoption

For many motorcyclists, the lure is unfolding a map and plotting a course across the country, continent or world. The EV infrastructure raises fears that these long, sprawling journeys will be limited to the limited charging points or battery stations currently available.

The loss of sound is another sticking point. The roar of motors will never be reproduced in e-bikes in the same way. Co-founder of Fonz Moto, Michelle Nazzari, recently described how their social media feeds were often hit with “emasculating comments” about silence.

The environmental benefits may outweigh this loss, especially since traditional motorcycles emit higher levels of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. It’s something manufacturers will likely introduce to younger generations – those who fell in love with motorcycling not because of the roar of the engines, but for their eco-friendly performance.

With 60% of young people saying they felt worried or very worried about climate change, there is an argument to be made that there has never been a better time for electric motorcycles. Young people want a solution to rising emissions, and these motorcycles provide it. Additionally, with battery swapping providing an alternative to charging ports, the infrastructure for electric vehicles is set to grow significantly.

At Wejo, we have our own plans to support the growth of electric vehicle infrastructure. By leveraging the billions of data points we process every day, we are able to visualize how cities move. We intend to provide this information to government authorities, who in turn can improve electric vehicle infrastructure and remove even more barriers to mass adoption of electric motorcycles. For manufacturers, it’s simply a race across the line to see who can provide the Tesla equivalent of the e-bike.

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There is no doubt that the future of mobility lies in electric and autonomous vehicles. The original automakers are working hard to keep pace with new entrants to the industry and the technology companies that are revolutionizing it. With transport emissions representing 29% of carbon emissions in 2019, the race towards cleaner and more sustainable transport and a greener future is definitely on.

But as the race intensifies, the challenges associated with developing a comprehensive support infrastructure, including charging networks, become greater. The benefits and widespread adoption of electric mobility can only truly be realized when the EV infrastructure is in place to provide universal access to charging networks.

To enable enterprises to meet this challenge head-on, Palantir has developed the EV Infrastructure Operating System (OS). The app, created in partnership with Wejo, helps ensure that investment in electric vehicle infrastructure is not only efficient and data-driven, but also sustainable.

With this in mind, Palantir’s software and Wejo’s data provide enterprises with advanced site selection capabilities and network operation tools to build, scale and operate efficient electric vehicle charging networks.

To learn more about this groundbreaking new platform and how Wejo and Palantir are helping businesses make more effective EV charging location decisions, download the white paper today.

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Joy e-bike maker WardWizard Mobility plans to build an auxiliary EV cluster https://veldia.net/joy-e-bike-maker-wardwizard-mobility-plans-to-build-an-auxiliary-ev-cluster/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 12:45:56 +0000 https://veldia.net/joy-e-bike-maker-wardwizard-mobility-plans-to-build-an-auxiliary-ev-cluster/ The company said this EV auxiliary cluster will manufacture various components for electric vehicles. Through HT automatic office | Updated: Jan 24, 2022, 6:15 PM The EV auxiliary cluster is expected to boost the electric vehicle infrastructure in India. WardWizard Innovations Mobility Ltd., maker of Joy e-bikes, aims to set up an EV auxiliary cluster […]]]>

The company said this EV auxiliary cluster will manufacture various components for electric vehicles.

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The EV auxiliary cluster is expected to boost the electric vehicle infrastructure in India.

WardWizard Innovations Mobility Ltd., maker of Joy e-bikes, aims to set up an EV auxiliary cluster in Vadodara that will address supply chain issues for EV manufacturers. The company has partnered with the developers and developer group for this project.

(Also Read: Komaki Ranger, India’s First Electric Cruiser Bike, Launched At 1.68 lakh)

In a statement, the company said this EV auxiliary cluster will manufacture various components for electric vehicles. These include electric motor, chassis, steel parts, lithium-ion cell manufacturing unit, lithium-ion battery assembly unit, electric vehicle chargers, controllers , etc In addition, this cluster will have an R&D center and a production center for electronic components for electric vehicles.

The company claims that this auxiliary EV cluster will not only boost the EV ecosystem in India, but it will also generate jobs. This pole is supposed to create around 6,000 jobs. The company has already acquired an area of ​​four million square feet for the cluster.

This cluster will be used to manufacture two and three electric wheels. It is claimed that it is also used for R&D of electric four-wheelers and other projects.

The EV company claims that this cluster can address the existing challenges currently facing the electric vehicle industry in India. These include the raw material supply chain for the manufacture of electric vehicles. The company further claims that this hub will facilitate the growth of battery electric vehicles in India. WardWizard says it has already received letters of intent from six different companies to set up their factories on the site.

He hopes more companies will come from the domestic and international sectors. These companies setting up their factories in the cluster will benefit from free land, electricity, labor and infrastructure. In recent years, Gujarat has emerged as one of the leading states in terms of manufacturing electric vehicles. Several companies have set up their electric vehicle manufacturing plants in the state. The division should further boost this growth dynamic.

Date of first publication: January 24, 2022, 6:15 PM IST

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Electric mobility startup VAAN Electric Moto launches e-bikes in India https://veldia.net/electric-mobility-startup-vaan-electric-moto-launches-e-bikes-in-india/ Sat, 22 Jan 2022 06:21:00 +0000 https://veldia.net/electric-mobility-startup-vaan-electric-moto-launches-e-bikes-in-india/ Indian e-mobility lifestyle startup VAAN Electric Moto Pvt Ltd has launched its e-bike-Urbansport in the country. Union Minister of State for Skills Development, Entrepreneurship, Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar launched the Van Electric Moto brand in India during a virtual event held in Kochi on Friday The electric bike is available in two variants – […]]]>
Indian e-mobility lifestyle startup VAAN Electric Moto Pvt Ltd has launched its e-bike-Urbansport in the country. Union Minister of State for Skills Development, Entrepreneurship, Electronics and IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar launched the Van Electric Moto brand in India during a virtual event held in Kochi on Friday

The electric bike is available in two variants – Urbansport and Urbansport Pro, priced at Rs 59,999 and Rs 69,999 respectively and will initially go on sale in Kochi, before launching in other high-potential markets like Goa, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Delhi in the future.

According to VAAN, the vehicles offer a maximum assist (top speed) of 25 km/h and a pedal-assisted range of 60 kilometers.

VAAN claims that a full charge would only require half a unit of electricity, costing around Rs 4-5. The removable battery, with a net weight of 2.5 kg, would provide more convenience and need 4 hours for a full charge.

Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Assembly, VD Satheesan and Chairman and CEO of OilMax Energy Pvt. Ltd, Kapil Garg has jointly launched VAAN electric bikes in the Indian market.

Ernakulam MP Hibi Eden unveiled the VAAN brand logo during the event which former MP Chandran Pillai also attended.

Both e-bikes get compact unisex 6061 aluminum frames, saddle, rims and handlebars designed by Benelli Biciclette, the Italian brand’s upright e-bike.

“VAAN has linked with them for engineering and supply chain and worked closely with the Benelli team for the development of the Urbansport duo,” the group said in a statement.

VAAN claims its removable battery is a first in this segment, adding that the bikes feature a 7-speed Shimano Tourney derailleur system, front and rear disc brakes and Spinner USA front shocks.

“The electric pedal assist system consists of a 250W hub-mounted electric motor, a removable 48-volt, 7.5Ah lithium-ion battery and a total of 5 speed levels electricity,” he said.

VAAN Urbansport e-bikes have a smart LCD display showing all the necessary information, which can also be used to control the front and rear lights.

“The Urbansport is the more practical of the two and has 20-inch spoked wheels, a luggage rack that can carry up to 15 kilograms and an exposed electric motor. Urbansport Pro is a sleeker and more range that features alloy wheels and an electric motor that is seamlessly integrated into the rear hub,” the statement read.

The company’s factory in Ernakulam has an assembly capacity of 2,000 cycles per month and is initially targeting sales of 8,000 to 10,000 cycles per year.

“We used to target a younger audience, but now we’re even looking at people between the ages of 40 and 55 who don’t need to be bike enthusiasts, given the benefits of our product that offers three modes,” said said Jithu Sukumaran Nair, CEO. and founder of VAAN Electric Mobility said.

He said the e-bike has an assisted mode with five electric gears and a full-throttle mode that boosts speed up to 25 km per hour.

VAAN says the removable lithium battery weighing around 2.50kg with a two-year warranty can be fully charged in around four hours and lasts 50-60km depending on how the bike is used.

KISKA GMBH, owned by KTM, Austria, manages the brand strategy of VAAN, an Indian lifestyle e-mobility start-up.

It was launched globally at the EICMA motorcycle show in Italy. Vaan has a technological partnership with the famous motorcycle manufacturer Benelli.

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