I ran into Doug of ELV Motors of Santa Clara last Friday night at Bike Party. He rode Pedego’s “Trail Tracker” fat tire electric assist bike.
You can read the history of this bike over at ElectricBike.com, but the short of it is that this $3000 singlespeed bike features a 48V 10AH lithium battery to power a 600 watt geared hub motor in the rear wheel to drive those big fat Innova 26×4 inch tires.
I didn’t try this bike but it looks like it could be fun.
More electric bike news
Everybody’s talking about this Treehugger poll and the e-bike market which is expected to grow to $11 billion by 2020. I think this is the world wide market. In the USA, e-bikes are lower impact than SUVs, minivans and cars, but I think $11 billion worth of electric bikes mostly means 200 million Chinese citizens will trade up their pedal bikes to electric bikes and scooters.
Europeans are buying more electric bikes, too. One of the concerns I’ve heard in America is you’ll get more newbies attempting to ride more bike than they can handle. German insurance companies are apparently concerned, too, and performed electric bike crash tests. (Via Jenny.