News Updates - Late February 2010

MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2010 AT 7:16AM
While much of the country is covered in a blanket of snow and cold weather, the e-bike news pipeline has slowed down to a trickle. That has not stopped some e-bike gift giving to some high profile politicians. 
 
China presented US President Barack Obama with a Lithium battery-powered e-bike. It is not clear if Obama will use this bike instead of riding in his armored Cadillac, but it never hurts to have additional transportation options.

Not to be outdone, Sanyo North America gave Portland Mayor Sam Adams an $2,499 Eneloop electric bicycle. Mayor Adams did not appear to be too excited to learn about the "Japanese-legal" 15mph limit, but was impressed by the bikes smooth electrical assistance after a short test ride.

Sanyo's Ennelope looks to have company as the German-Engineered Kalkhoff Electric bicycles have landed on the continent. Kalkhoff's line of high-quality electric bikes also start at $2,499 and can be ordered directly from www.kalkhoffusa.com

Fortunately for Sanyo and Kalkhoff, the market is huge according to Pike Research which predicts 466 million electric two-wheelers by 2016 in a recent study. The market is to be led by China, representing 95% of the market while electric bicycles make up 56% of the total sales.

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