Making the most of battery power
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.
No feet: Chris Speedy and his new electric bike.