German manufacturer Kalkhoff has an e-bike with an 18 amp-hour battery option which can provide 88 mile range and Giant bicycles is employing has a 2011 Twist ebike with two batteries to get 100 mile range.
Eurobike 2010 had a lot of interesting electric bikes.
The conway e-bike is mountain e-bike that weighs 20 kilograms and a motor that can generate 2000 watts (almost 3 horsepower). It runs off a 36-volt lithium-ion battery pack, rated at 626 watt-hours. The battery can recharge up to 80 percent in one hour, 100 percent in three hours, and offers a range of up to 110 kilometers (68 miles) depending on use.
The Bosch Group (largest automotive parts company) and bicycle maker Cannondale are collaborating on a new electric drive system for bikes. The motor is rated at 250 watts, with a peak power of 350 watts. It’s powered by a 36-volt lithium-ion battery pack, which is good for 288 watt-hours, 500 charge cycles, and recharges in no more than 2.5 hours. It provides electrical pedaling assistance from levels of 0 to 150 percent.
PG Bikes makes an expensive e-bike that can go 60 miles per hour. It costs about $80,000. There are far less expensive electric scooters that can achieve higher speeds.
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