Electric bike specialist A2B introduced its latest creation at last month's Eurobike show. Named after the American inventor of the electromagnetic transmission, Justus B. Entz, the Entz e-bike benefits from a new, neatly integrated Continental e-drive that saves weight while promising a sharp electric-assisted ride.
Ultra Motor, known for its A2B electric assist bicycles
has thrown out the pedals and replaced them with footrest platforms in its latest offering - the A2B Excel electric scooter. Weighing in at 90lb (41kg), the Excel uses an 800W hub motor at the rear wheel to achieve a range of around 28 miles (45km) and a top speed of 28mph (45kmh).
The A2B range of electric bicycles was launched in the UK this week, following a US launch in late 2008
. The GBP 1950 (USD$2,860) Metro is a ‘power on demand’ electric bike and the GBP 1750 (USD$2,570) Hybrid is ‘pedal-assist’ electric bike. With the power on demand A2B Metro, riders can choose either to pedal or cruise under power, allowing them to reach their destination with minimum effort. With the ‘pedal-assist ‘ Hybrid, the rider must pedal but the electric motor boosts the rider’s pedal input - perfect for those who want to keep fit but need a little boost from time to time. Both are fitted with Ultra Motor's direct-drive motor, however electric bikes are limited to 15.5mph on roads by European and UK legislation, however the A2B Metro has an off-road button to allow motor powered speeds up to 20 mph for off-road use.
Yet another option for short-distance commuters who want to pollute less, avoid traffic snarls and keep fuel-money in their pockets, the aptly named A2B electric bike lets you cruise under electric power at 20mph for up to 20 miles on a single charge with an optional second battery doubling the range.