PHOTO CAPTION: Illustration of MIT-developed rear hub motor with embedded batteries and GPS.

MIT E-Bike Hub Motor To Give Cyclists a Boost

Rear hub motor includes embedded batteries and GPS, as well as wireless Bluetooth control through cellphone.

Published: 17-Dec-2009

It is not easy to reinvent the wheel, but researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are giving it their best shot.

The Senseable City Laboratory at M.I.T. has designed a wheel that captures the kinetic energy released when a rider brakes and saves it for when the rider needs a boost. While technically sound, the wheel’s true challenge may be in winning over cyclists. For centuries, bikes have been beloved for their simplicity, not their bells and whistles.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco (L) receives a walk-around of the Mitsubishi i MiEV from Torii-san (R), president of Mitsubishi Research and Development Europe.

Providing the outcome of the current European feasibility study is positive, the car will be introduced to European markets sometime after 2010.

GYM Electric Car is battery powered, but can also be recharged by integrated exercise equipment

The GYM concept electric car incorporates a full range of exercise equipment, that can used to recharge the car.


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