Electrics Give Cyclists a Boost

NY Times look at the burgeoning world of electric bicycles from Shanghai to Manhattan.

Published: 01-Feb-2010

SHANGHAI -- Jiang Ruming, a marketing manager, owns a van, but for many errands, he hops on a futuristic-looking contraption that lets him weave rapidly through Shanghai’s messy traffic. He rides an electric bicycle.

Half a world away, in San Francisco, the president of that city’s board of supervisors, David Chiu, uses an electric bike to get to meetings without sweating through his suit.

And in the Netherlands, Jessy Wijzenbeek-Voet recently rode an electric bicycle on a long trip that, at 71, she would not have been able to make on a standard bike.


Sanyo solar electric bicycle charging station.

he system uses lithium-ion batteries to charge 100 of Sanyo's "eneloop" bikes

Getté Bikes Sport model utilizes novel electric motor drive developed in Italy..

Bike is equipped with 200w 36v, 10AM lithium battery.

Lexus Hybrid Electric Bicycle Concept

Dr Peter Wells reflects on the introduction of a state-of-the-art electric-assist bicycle under the Lexus car brand.


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