Toward the Perfect Electric Bicycle: EV World Reports from Interbike 2014

If you love bicycles and cycling, Interbike is the place to be in North America. And as is happening in Europe, e-bikes increasingly are claiming not only more floor space but also mindshare among the exhibitors, retailers, media, and the public who attend this annual trade show in Las Vegas. Here's EV World's first report from the Mandalay Bay convention center.


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Yo! Test Rides in Smart Electric Car

Smart conducts the first Yo! test drive program of its electric smart fortwo on the streets of San Francisco. Here's what the passengers experienced and said.



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The race now has been run and the winner declared. FIA Formula E's inaugural electric car race is now a part of history, and what a spectacular start to the ten city series.



Whether it be co-founding Paypal, taking control of Tesla, launching SpaceX or colonizing Mars, this native-born South African is one of the most disruptive - in a good way - people alive on planet Earth today.


Top 20 Newswire Articles of Previous Week

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Renault to Debut 282 MPG EOLAB Concept Car
Four passenger EOLAB can travel 100 km (62 mi) per liter of fuel, the equivalent, in Europe, of 282 mpg while emitting just 22 g/km of CO2.

Citroen AIRFLOW Concept to Debut at 2014 Paris Auto Show
The Citroen C4 Cactus AIRFLOW mates a 1.2L three-cylinder gas engine to a hydraulic KERS system to improve fuel economy to a reported 2L per 100 km, or the equivalent of 141 mpg on the European drive cycle.

Examples of Peak Oil Are All Around Us
Former CIA analyst Tom Whipple sees that despite the shale oil boom, 'another shoe' is about to drop that will be 'worse in terms of oil shortages, higher prices and interrupted economic growth.'

Toyota Quietly Introduces Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Sedan
Toyota's Mirai FCV, due to go on sale or lease next year is starting to be seen around southern California; only its interior has been blacked out.

Toshiba to Provide Proterra With Rapid Recharge SCiB Batteries
Equipped with next generation Toshiba SCiB battery packs, a Proterra electric transit bus can be recharged from zero-to-80% SOC in just six minutes, allowing buses to travel 700 miles in 24 hours.

Tesla the Alt. Energy Car of Choice Over Fuel Cell Models
ISI Group states in its new report that ,'We believe... battery electric vehicles... and not hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles... present the optimum solution as OEMs pursue tailpipe emission free cars.'

Electric Car Battery Swapping the Module Way
University of California San Diego engineering students believe that battery swapping at the module level can be a breakthrough approach to overcoming range anxiety and reducing the cost of electric cars by $10K.

Electric Horseless Carriage Takes to Streets of New York
Prototype horseless carriage powered by electricity is now cruising the streets of Manhattan, the goal being to win public support for replacing the carriages of Central Park.

Las Vegas Bike Trade Show Signals Speed Up of E-Bike Market in USA
The e-bike market in the United States is finally gaining momentum. This was the main message of last week’s Interbike.

Electric Bike Market Gaining Traction Globally
The market for electric bikes is expected to grow in the coming years, as more people embrace the two-wheeler's advanced technologies and multiple benefits.

Killajoule Hits 270 MPH at Bonneville
Husband and wife team from Colorado set new land speed record for a sidecar classified motorcycle as Eva Hakansson breaks her own 241 mph record set just days earlier.

Big Oil Needs Renewable Energy If It Is to Have a Future
Giles Parkinson observes the business model of Big Oil is already being eroded by rising capital intensity and diminishing returns.

Volkswagen Executive: Toyota's Fuel Cell Experiment Doomed
Volkswagen Group Japan president Shigeru Shoji may fall prey to the "'Galapagos syndrome,' whereby Japanese products are popular only in their country of origin."

Renault-Nissan Still Committed to Electric Car Battery Production
Despite press reports to the contrary, Renault-Nissan Alliance says it is still committed to its own battery production.

Hybrids Will Outpace Electric Cars in China, Says BYD Chairman
Caixin Online interviews BYD's Wang Chuanfu, the founder and chairman of BYD, the company that builds electric buses and the Qin electric hybrid.


BMW Considering New Electric MINI Superleggera
The proposed MINI electric car will be first mass-production EV and the first to move away from the original retro design.

Renault Ready to Build Electric Fluence in China
Although Renault has partnered with Dongfend Motors on a joint venture to build cars in China, the Fluence may be built for another, as yet unnamed Chinese manufacturer.

Nissan Said Considering Ending Its Own Battery Production
Nissan has been unable to produce cost-competitive batteries compared to those manufactured by LG Chem, which not only supplies cells to General Motors, but also for some Renault models.

'New Energy' Electric Vehicle Production Explodes in China
Compared to August 2013, production of 'new-energy' vehicles has increased 11-fold year-over-year, and total production year-to-date has quadrupled to more than 30,000 units, reports China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Spectacular Crash Could Help Boost Interest in Formula E Electric Car Racing
Fortunately the two drivers walked away from their final corner crash during the inaugural running of FIA Formula E race series in Beijing, but the spectacular collision certainly helps the event 'looks a lot more like real racing now,' writes Matthew Debord.

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