Mak­ing the most of bat­tery power

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Pippa O’Rourke

Twist the han­dle bar of Chris Speedy’s new bike and it will qui­etly take you away with­out your feet touch­ing the ped­als.

Car­bon-con­scious Mr Speedy is rid­ing a 905se sport bike pow­ered by the latest tech­nol­ogy lithium poly­mer bat­tery.

He came across the bike on the in­ter­net.

De­signed in Eng­land, the bike has been “well re­ceived” in Eng­land and Ger­many, he says.

It weighs 23kg and can travel up to 29kmh with­out any pedal power. It uses 250 watts of power, two or three times as much as a house­hold light bulb.

Use the ped­als and you will eas­ily over­take ev­ery Ly­cra-wear­ing cy­clist on the road with­out break­ing a sweat.

Mr Speedy says he has to “wrap up to keep warm”.

“It’s the first re­ally prac­ti­cal elec­tric bike,” he says.

The bat­tery takes four hours to fully charge and can cover up to 100km with one charge.

Mr Speedy says he re­cently rode it from his home on the North Shore to Mis­sion Bay via the Devon­port ferry and back again with bat­tery power to spare.

With cy­cle lanes be­ing es­tab­lished across the city, Mr Speedy says now is the “ideal time for peo­ple to switch to no emis­sions”.

Mr Speedy says the $2000 bike makes cy­cling avail­able to ev­ery­one.

Land Trans­port New Zealand says the bike is clas­si­fied as an elec­tric scooter be­cause it has ped­als and a mo­tor less than 300 watts.

Any­one in­ter­ested in the bikes can email Mr Speedy at power­bikes@ xtra.co.nz.

Photo: BEN WAT­SON

No feet: Chris Speedy and his new elec­tric bike.

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