I haven’t done much writing in the last few weeks so I started browsing the Internet for some inspiration. Perhaps something new and original like “The Revenge of the Electric Bike”. Well alas no such luck. However I am continually encouraged and intrigued by the e-bike markets on-going progress and some of the nifty new ideas I so often come across.
On the on-going progress of e-bikes side of things is the time and money some of the major players in the transportation industry are putting into developing e-bike technology. Please don’t mistake this as a belief that the future of the e-bike is in the hands of these captain’s of industry. Quite the contrary. However, it does show that the the e-bike has come a long way from that of a passing curiosity or just another recreational plaything. E-bikes are real transportation and are here to stay.
When companies like Daimler Benz, Volkswagon and Bosch dump hundreds of millions of dollars into the research and development of e-bikes and ebike drive systems we can be sure that e-bikes are more than just a passing fad. Have a look at some of these prototypes and products.
Edmunds Inside Line – Daimler Will Build Smart Ebike.
Electric Bike Shed – Bosch Electric Bike Drive System. Future of e-bikes?
Auto Motto – What’s next in electric bikes
And of course there’s always the “that’s a neat idea” department. Here’s a few with merit.
gizmag.com – Student-designed bicycle device designed to save lives.
New York Times – The Commuter Bike Redesigned and Electrified.
Naturally some ideas are better than others.
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