Tired of waiting for the electric car that you won't be able to afford anyway? Wanting to start biking around town, but daunted by the distances, physical exhaustion, and buckets of awkward sweat? Ladies and gentlemen, your chariot as arrived
That, my friends, is an electrical-motor assisted bicycle.
With a twist of the handlebar, the 400 W motor on the back wheel hub scoots you forward at a top speed of 20 miles per hour for up to 20 miles. Want to extend your range? Save the battery and give it a little pedal every now and then.
I racked up nearly 2000 miles on my old bike when I was commuting in
the northeast. When I moved to Texas, I was confronted with two
problems. First, it is pretty much hot as balls here all the time.
It's almost October, and its nearly 90 degrees outside right now. And
second, there are no shower facilities at my current place of
employment. So, I could either show up for work covered head to toe in
sweat, or drive and be covered in shame. Unpleasant as shame is, it
smells much better.
Okay, yes, they aren't giving these bikes
away. With a trade in of my old bicycle, I figure this guy will set me
back about $1700 times two, because why do I get to have one and the
on the plus side: I'll be able to take it
everywhere. Because I won't need a shower on the other end, this bike
can truly become a vehicle-replacement for all my around town needs
except for grocery shopping. It will extend the life of my current
vehicle and save me money on repairs. Plus, the days of cheap gasoline
gone. For every 20 miles I scoot around, I'll spend pennies on
electrons instead of over $3 in gasoline.
I recently wrote that the Chevy Volt was doomed to failure
because they were trying to make the car all things for all people
instead of trying to shift the way Americans think about
transportation. Here is a vehicle that is suitable for many of the
things you do, is nearly free to own and operate, and has zero
emissions. The future of transportation is out there; recognize it
when you see it.