Electronic Bikes Offer 'Green' Transportation

A four-hour charge from a regular outlet will allow the bike to travel 18 to 20 miles without pedaling.

Published: 04-Aug-2008

Riding an electric bike down Chicago Avenue was not something Oak Park Fire Chief Bill Bell saw himself doing Thursday morning.

But after test riding a couple of the models, Bell said he would consider purchasing electric bicycles for the Oak Park Fire Department.

"We've talked about getting something electric just for the inspections in town," Bell said. "It would save on gas. This thing moves along pretty quickly."


Powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries and two 67bhp (50kW) electric motors to drive the front and rear axles, the Mixim is a four-wheel-drive car with a theoretical top speed of 112mph and a potential maximum range of 156 miles.

Dodge ZEO is 2+2 electric muscle car for the 21st century powered by 200kW electric drive with 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds and range of 250 miles.

The Air Car may do better than fuel-cell cars, but experts say that using grid power to charge a battery-powered electric vehicle is much more efficient than using electricity to compress and store the same amount of energy in a tank.


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