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Matra Introduces MS1 Electric Bike

Matra MS1 utilizes motor technology originally licensed from Wavecrest Labs.

Published: 01-Oct-2007

This could be a great commuting machine — it's a electric-powered bike designed by the French company Matra. The bike was recently introduced at the Paris Motorshow. It has a range of 60 miles, in addition to the mileage you add by using pedal power. It has a top speed of 30 miles per hour, but this is an artificial limit set on the motor.

It can be rigged to go faster, but officially, you'd have to get a license to drive it, because it would be considered a scooter. The bike also incorporates disc brakes and a regenerative braking system — nice.

This electric bike should be available for sale in Europe in the not-too-distant future, but no word on whether it'll make it to the States. It will probably be priced around $5000.

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