Thanks to the highly popular TV show Breaking Bad, new German e-bike company HNF Heisenberg immediately grabs your attention with its science-gone-meth-mad name. It is sure to hold that attention with the XF1, an innovative, high-performance electric mountain bike. The new bike uses a special swing arm developed by BMW i to lay claim to being the world's first mid-motor, belt-driven full-suspension e-bike.
Part electric bicycle, part motorcycle and part moped, the Bolt M-1 is a
capable, two-wheeled machine engineered for urban commuting. The fully
electric bike wears light motorcycle styling and can put out up to 5,500
watts for speeds up to 40 mph (64 km/h). It can also be dialed back to
1,000 watts and ridden like an e-bike.
I'd always been hesitant to make the switch to an electric bike. Would that little nudge along eat away at my poor but hard-earned fitness base accumulated through cycling with nothing other than leg power? Would I be able to return to those grueling two-block city ascents without the luxury of an electric motor? Putting these concerns to one side for a couple of weeks, I climbed aboard the electrified Hard Tail, the flagship model from Australian company Dyson Bikes. And though it wasn't a dramatic enough leap to make a return to a conventional two-wheeler entirely unpalatable, the well-polished bike perfectly demonstrated the benefits of a little electrical assistance while whizzing around city streets.
According to its manufacturers, the human-powered A-Bike
is the world's smallest, lightest folding bicycle. It's certainly also
one of the strangest-looking. Now, a group of UK-based entrepreneurs are
hoping to extend its claims to the world of e-bikes, with the A-Bike
Earlier this year, Ford previewed its Mode:Me and Mode:Pro electric bike concepts. The bikes were envisioned as key components of a multimodal transportation ecosystem that would also incorporate cars and public transit. Recently, it added the Mode:Flex e-bike prototype, which uses the latest wireless and connectivity technologies to integrate further into a coordinated transportation system.
Australian company Stealth makes the kind of electric bicycles everyone would love to make if there were no government-imposed 200-watt power restrictions pooping the party. Packing 4.8 kW of peak power and with a top speed in excess of 80 km/h (~50 mph), the original Stealth Bomber is a far cry from your urban commuter – it's one wild ride. Watch Gizmag's Editor Noel McKeegan and a couple of slightly unhinged buddies put this electric powerhouse through its paces in our video review.
There's a certain irony to most e-bikes. Their motors and batteries make
them easier to pedal, yet those same components also make them much
heavier than regular bikes – weights of 50 to 60 lb (23 to 27 kg) aren't
uncommon. Additionally, some "bike snobs" think they're kind of
dorky-looking. E-bike enthusiast Troy Rank and his team, however, have
set out to address the weight and appearance issues. His Maxwell EP0
looks almost entirely like a regular steel-framed flat-bar road bike,
and it's claimed to weigh as little as 25 lb (11 kg) depending on the
When Spanish motorcycle manufacturer Bultaco announced its return to the market last year, we were expecting some new electric motorbikes. What we weren't necessarily expecting was an electric bicycle. For the first product launched in its second life, Bultaco has shrunk its electric powertrain technology down and put it to asphalt and dirt in the form of a full-throttle electric-assist mountain bike: the Brinco e-bike.
If you'd like the ease of an electric bicycle but don't want to give up your perfectly good "manual" bike, there is something you can do – you can replace your bike's existing rear wheel with the electrically-powered Copenhagen Wheel or FlyKly, or replace its front wheel with the Omni Wheel. Those three products may soon have to make room for another competitor, however, as the Centinel Wheel enters the marketplace.
Although lithium-ion batteries perform far better than alkalines,
they're also relatively costly, the lithium salts used in them aren't
widely available, and they sometimes catch fire. That's why some
scientists are suggesting sodium-ion batteries as an alternative. To that end, Williams Advanced Engineering recently demonstrated that they could be used to power an electric bike.