Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Electric Bicycle

The ONEbike uses a frame-integrated battery

E-bikes may be among the techiest of modern bicycles, but they tend to have big, pudgy designs that look more outdated than cutting edge. Large battery packs, bulging hub motors and wires running to and fro have a way of making bikes look big, bulky and busy. Bicycle manufacturers and designers are starting to get hip to the idea that e-bikes should look as clean and high-tech as they ride, integrating electrical components in more seamless ways. The latest is a design from Swiss design firm Concept Cycle.  Read More

The Greyp G-12 electric bike is made by Croatia's Rimac Automobili

If you want a stunningly fast, eye-catching electric supercar, you could do worse than the Rimac Concept One. Should you not have approximately US$1 million to spend on one, however, there's still something you can buy that's made by Croatia's Rimac Automobili – the €6,000 (US$8,000) Greyp G-12 electric bicycle/motorcycle/moped-type thing.  Read More

The 2X4 Cargo Bike, in all its stuff-haulin' glory

Cargo bikes are nothing new, nor are electric-assist bikes, nor even two-wheel-drive models. NTS Works’ 2X4 Cargo Bike is definitely unique, however, in the way that it combines all three.  Read More

The BigFish Line+ E-bike, folded down and ready to tote

The BigFish Line+ E-bike is one of those electric bikes that's designed to make you swoon at the press of a button. One of the stars of the recent Eurobike 2013 show, this bike's button-operated folding system has the bike collapsing in seconds into a compact package that can be pulled in trolley fashion or wheeled around. In fact, it's so portable that it's possible to squeeze two of them into the boot of most standard cars.  Read More

The Coboc eCycle took out the Gorl Award at this year's Eurobike

Although slapping a battery pack and the requisite electrics to a conventional-looking frame to create an electric bike seems to be a path well traveled by a large number exhibitors at Eurobike 2013, there were a few designs that see the various electric components integrated into the frame. One example is the Coboc 3.0, which took out the Gold Award in the eBike/pedelec category at this year’s Eurobike.  Read More

Mando's new Footloose prototype leaves the fold

Following the official launch of its Footloose folding e-bike at Eurobike 2012, Mando turned up to Eurobike 2013 with a new prototype that is remarkably similar to the current Footloose, but with one major difference – it doesn’t fold.  Read More

The Rubbee's polyurethane roller engages the rear tire, making a motor-only speed of 25 km...

There are likely quite a few people who think that an electric bicycle might come in handy sometimes, but who aren’t willing to buy a whole other bike or permanently convert their existing non-electric model. Well, that’s why the Rubbee was created. It’s an electric drive unit that attaches to a regular bicycle in only a few seconds, and that comes off just as quickly.  Read More

Peugeot's AE21 Hybrid electric bike previewed last week at the 'What's Next' show

European automakers aren’t averse to producing vehicles of the two-wheeled, pedal-powered variety. BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz all offer a range of bicycles, with most also adding electric bikes to their line ups in recent years. Peugeot is no exception and recently previewed its latest ebike, the AE21 Hybrid, at the “Who’s Next” show in Paris.  Read More

Electrolyte's Strassenfeger II

We've looked at a surplus of electric bicycle designs over the years, and while we'd be hard-pressed to call any particular design "usual" in this diverse category, a common feature shared by many is a frame-integrated battery pack. German manufacturer Electrolyte dismisses that common element, integrating the battery, motor and controller of its pedelec bikes into a single fork shaft assembly.  Read More

The Defiant Big Easy provides grit and power over sand and snow

Two big trends that have stormed the bicycle industry over the past few years are pedal-assisted electric drivetrains and fat tires. These two trends converge in Defiant Bicycles' Big Easy. Unlike other electric bikes that stop at the edge of the street, the Big Easy keeps rolling over some of the toughest, most sluggish terrain on Earth – everything from hot sand to cold, mushy snow.  Read More

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