Scooters are known for being easy to ride and to transport in and between public transportation which makes them a common choice for city commuters. But what if you also bring in some electrical power?
Meet URB-E – designed and built 100% on American soil, URB-E is foldable electric scooter that allows you to ride up to 20 miles (that’s about 32 KM) with a top speed of 15mph (~25 kmh) on a full charge (about 4 hours from empty to full).
The URB-E is made of lightweight aircraft-grade 6061 aluminum, weights only 35 lbs (~16 KG), folds into a compact, easy to carry and store package and even allows you to charge your smartphone while riding it! Check it out!
While many electric vehicles have futuristic strange and bizarre shapes, the Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle looks so familiar while being so different!
The Johammer J1 has a retro-futuristic styling and combines classic motorcycle design elements with the modern technology! The motorcycle has an external aluminum fairing, it’s electrically powered by a 8,3 kWh or a 12,7 kWh battery, can reach speeds up to 75mph (120 KM/h) and has a road autonomy of up to 125 miles (200 km). The J1 sports an air cooled, brushless AC-engine with single-level gear. The engine and the transmission are running in an oil bath which offers lifetime lubrication and it’s maintenance free. Other than these, we notice LED headlights and tail lights, multifunctional rear-view mirrors with 2.4″ LCD screens to display all relevant trip information (speed, battery charge, etc …), electric brakes with energy recuperation and an onboard battery charger.
Here’s how it works: charge the unit first, hop onto it, steer with your feet and lean forward and backward to speed-up or slow-down. The Solowheel is equipped with gyro-sensors which will record your movements and translate them into commands for the electric engine!
One of the coolest things about the Investit’s SoloWheel is the fact that you can easily store it and transport it to your office, home or even in public transportation. The unicycle weights 26-lbs (that’s almost 12kg) and runs for about 10 miles (that’s about 16 km) on 1 hour charge.
Electric bikes become more and more popular every day. And for good reason – they’re cheap to maintain, cheap on energy consumption, do not require much parking space and have a reasonable transport speed for daily commuting. Also check these cool electric scooters we featured earlier: Voltitude Foldable Electric Scooter and the Moveo.
There are two ways to get into the electric bike commuting bandwagon – the first is the classical way: buy an electric bike (dah!!!). The second option is to upgrade your existing bike and equip it with electric propulsion. Just as the Rubbee Electrical Wheel Drive, the FlyKly Smart Wheel is designed to upgrade your existing bike and improve your riding experience by reducing the physical legwork to ride your bike!
Simply remove your bicycle’s back wheel, mount the FlyKly Smart Wheel in it’s place and you’re ready to ride. The smart wheel is compatible with most bikes out-there and can be controlled and monitored via a free smartphone app (iOS, Android and Pebble compatible). Here’s how the guys from FlyKly describe their propulsion system:
“Smart Wheel is a pedal assist which means it helps you ride your bike effortlessly. The motor turns on when you start pedaling and begins accelerating to your desired speed. It stops when you stop. It saves you time by getting you to your destination faster and gets you there without losing your breath or breaking a sweat. There’s no need to worry about what to wear to that business meeting or 8 o’clock date.”
The FlyKly is in project mode at Kickstarter and you can procure one for the introductory price of $590.
Icon, the California based handmade vehicle manufacturer, just released their latest product – the Icon E-Flyer Electric Bike – also check the Rubbee Electric Drive which allows you to transform any regular bicycle into an electric bike.
The E-Flyer features a retro design hydroformed aluminum frame which confers the bike durability and light weight (only 57 lbs – 25.8 Kg), Avid BB7R brakes, CREE LED Headlight and a 3,500 watt Brushless DC Hub-Motor powered by a rechargeable 750 watts power cell (a race mode is available with power up to 3,500 watts). The E-Flyer reaches speeds up to 20 mph (32km/h) in street mode and 36mph (58 km/h) in race mode with a road range of 30-35 miles (that’s 48-56 km). But you don’t have to worry about the range: the E-Flyer charges in about 2 hours and, with a weight of only 25 kilograms (57 pounds) – which is a tad more than what an average mountain bike out-there weights – you can easily pedal your way home if needed.
For all you “Buy American” fans out-there … Did I mention the Icon E-Flyer is handmade in California, US?
Let’s hear you in the comments… What’s you take on the E-Flyer? Are Electric Bikes a viable alternative for individual daily commutes?
Voltitude V1 is a Swiss-made foldable electric scooter designed to make city commuters life easier. The scooter sports a 250 watt motor and it’s powered by a 11.6Ah rechargeable battery (it takes 4 hours to reach 80% charge and 6 hours for a complete charge cycle) which allows a commuting range of around 25-mi (40 km) with speeds up to 16 mph (25 km/h) – also check the Moveo Folding Electric Scooter and the Foldable Backpack Scooter we featured earlier.
The Voltitude V1 folds and unfolds in 1 second (literally) and it’s compact shape (when folded) only takes 24-in x 33-in (60cm x 85cm) space volume making it a friendly companion for your apartment, office and even public transport. The electric scooter weights an impressive 27.5 kg (that 60.6 pounds) and is equipped with hydraulic disc brakes (Shimano), 7-speed transmission gearbox (Shimano Nexus 7) with grip-shift, detachable waterproof front bag, stand-up wheels for easy rolling and high power LED headlights.
Yanko design artist Ralf Kittmann shares a cool electric motorbike concept – also check other cool concept gear.
The HMK 561 is a carbon fiber bike designed on an innovative concept: the electrical power sits inside the carbon frame which, due to it’s high electrical conductibility, also serves as power distribution network.
The HMK 561 uses a “counter-turning axle in lieu of gears and chains“, axle which transfers power to the the wheel by direct friction (the axle passes between the two rims and, by it’s cylindrical movement, turns the wheels allowing the bike to advance).
This is a very nice electrical bike concept. The fact that there’s already an working prototype built on this concept assures me on it’s feasibility and allows me to hope to see this beauty on the streets someday.