It's de rigueur for upmarket brands to have an e-bike in the stable these days, so it was no surprise that aspiring international brand Qoros
should show its eBIQE in Geneva last week. The big surprise was the cloud connectivity and a five inch touchscreen dashboard with an astonishing array of information services. Cheap? NO! Cool? YES!
Toyota’s electric i-Road three wheeler
is shaping up as the ideal combination of the best attributes of a motorcycle (maneuverability, lightweight, narrow track, small footprint, low energy consumption, fun) and a car (weather-proof, safe, stable, easy to use) and trials have now begun in Japan using the i-Road in Toyota’s Ha:mo (Harmonious Mobility) vehicle-sharing project. The i-Road trials will be extended to France later this year when Toyota participates in a vehicle-sharing trial in Grenoble.
Paying two, three or even ten times as much as usual for a taxi ride across town sounds like a pretty crappy deal, right? But I’m sure you can imagine times when you’d be happy to pay it – times, for example, when demand is so high that it’s impossible to get a ride. And that’s the theory behind Uber, a mobile app that’s aiming to use basic economic theory to eliminate taxi bottlenecks. And as it turns out, it just might end up being better for everyone.
Revolution speed bikes from Munich's TroyTec bring modular, F1-inspired design to the world of recumbent racing and touring. At the heart of the line lies a carbon monocoque frame that provides the basis for easy transformation between four primary configurations. Riders can pedal up high, down low, and on rigid wheels or full suspension, depending upon the demands of the road immediately ahead.
It seems that every year manufacturers add a new function to the backpack or carry-on. In 2012, it was the Micro Luggage
scooter. In 2013, it was the Glyde Gear Fly
backpack-trolley-scooter. And in 2014, it's the Olaf backpack-trolley-scooter-skateboard. This 4-in-1 pack offers some serious flexibility for transporting you and your belongings.
Better known for developing electric aerial drive systems, including the drive technology behind the Greenwing ESpyder E280 electric ultralight aircraft
, Yuneec is bringing its e-tech down to earth. Its new E-Go Cruiser motorized longboard combines robust range, sporty performance and a relatively affordable price tag.
Whether they're on a motorcycle from Star Trek
or a far-out concept bike
, hubless wheels are generally one of those futuristic things that we don't encounter much in the real world – yet. Soon, however, you may be able to buy an E'lution EVO folding kick scooter, that comes equipped with a set.
With bicycle theft such a common crime, anyone who regularly cycles in the city needs to both own a good bike lock and choose wisely when it comes to parking. We've seen lots of innovative approaches to both bike locks – such as the Saddle Lock
– and bike racks, such as the Cyclepod
and the Next Gen
. Loop, from Ottawa-based design consultancy The Federal Inc., is another attempt at improving on the latter.
If there's a way to move your legs, there's probably a cycle or scooter that takes advantage of it. We thought we'd seen them all, but after stumbling upon the Aeyo at this week's ISPO Munich show, we realized there's always another wild, new design out there. The cricket-like legs of this unique vessel convert inline skating-style motion into cycling.
I don't know about you, but I know that when I pop out on my electric skateboard to do a spot of shopping, I always find myself thinking "hello – this would even more exciting with three fewer wheels." Apparently the people at California's Future Motion agree, judging from the Onewheel electric skateboard they've cooked up that is, cunningly named after the number of wheels it has (i.e. one).