pedal power

Kia Elec­tric Bi­cy­cles

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Top tech fact: be­fore it broke into the car-mak­ing biz, Kia was ac­tu­ally South Korea’s largest pro­ducer of bi­cy­cles. Now it’s go­ing back to its two-wheeled roots with a range of ped­elec cy­cles, which are bikes that use a combo of bat­tery and pedal power. Bring­ing some of its new auto know-how to the process, Kia’s us­ing a ro­botic weld­ing method that bonds the two sides of the metal frame to­gether for added re­li­a­bil­ity at less cost. It’s also got a 250W mo­tor ca­pa­ble of 25km/h with a 40km range. Rub­ber Will Be Burned. kia.com.au, out tbc

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