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New developments for electric two-wheelers

Date of release : 01/02/2013
Format : Web review
Electric bikes CC by Sylvain Naudin
Electric bicycle use has become very developed and represents an important field for innovation within the industry. In France, businesses are investing in the production of bikes with ever increasing ranges and are designing bike-docking stations with more efficient services.

Mobiplugs: an induction station for electric bicycles!


The Poitou-Charentes region has introduced a new concept for self-service rental electric bicycle stations called Mobiplugs. The bikes are recharged by a very innovative induction system. Presented at the ‘Salon des Maires’ (a trade show for Mayors and local authorities) in November, this regional initiative was developed in partnership with Saintronic and Véloscoot. Users access the bikes by means of an RFID pass, which unlocks the station. The induction transmission does not just charge the bike; it also provides information regarding the condition of the bike (state of lights, battery level, etc.). The operator thus benefits from a genuine monitoring system of supervision which can be accessed remotely via an Internet application!

Hilltecks presents a new electric bicycle


As for the electric bicycle brand Hilltecks, it has brought out a new range called Inovelo. The new Intelligent Torque Sensor system supports patented load sensor assistance, i.e. assistance that kicks in depending on the pressure exerted on the pedal. The stronger the pressure, the stronger the assistance – and vice versa. Hilltecks has 13 models with 3 levels of assistance adapted to different bike uses. The electric battery helps the user to reach the top speed of 25 km/h (16 mph). Thanks to these more compact batteries, Inovelo bikes have a greater range; users can cover up to 70 kilometres (44 miles) without recharging their bikes!

Vega – the new solar bike station from Easybike


Still at the Salon des Maires, Easybike presented a new "solar bike station" for power-assisted bicycles. The electric bike manufacturer has joined forces with the company Signature, a subsidiary of the Vinci Group and a specialist in urban development solutions. The Vega station is supplied by a photovoltaic system installed on the roof and is completely autonomous. With this station, Easybike optimises the qualities of electric power using a sustainable, clean energy resource.

Tri’Ode: the electric three-wheeler from Véléance


The Aix-based company Véléance is launching the production of its Tri’Ode, a three-wheeled electric vehicle that is certified under EU category L2E. Its battery provides a range of 45 km (28 miles) and can be charged to 80% in two hours on a domestic socket! The use of three wheels allows greater stability and greater safety for the user. With a 70 kg load capacity and a top speed of 45 km/h (28 mph), the Tri’Ode is an ecological vehicle and is practical over short distances. It will be put on sale at a starting price of €7,500 (just over £6,100 at current rates) inclusive of tax. The company Véléance is manufacturing the Tri’Ode in the Champagne-Ardenne area and wants to guarantee mass production of its vehicle. One of its main targeted clients is the postal service.
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