This week on Electrek’s Wheel-E podcast, we discuss the most popular news stories from the world of electric bikes and other nontraditional electric vehicles. This time that includes an ultra-high speed electric kick scooter, the federal e-bike tax credit has been resuscitated, Acer has a new e-bike, Amish folks are going head over leather heels for e-bikes, electric jet skis and lots more.Expand Expanding Close
Micah Toll is a personal electric vehicle enthusiast, battery nerd, and author of the Amazon #1 bestselling books DIY Lithium Batteries, DIY Solar Power, The Ultimate DIY Ebike Guide and The Electric Bike Manifesto.
The e-bikes that make up Micah’s current daily drivers are the $999 Lectric XP 2.0, the $1,095 Ride1Up Roadster V2, the $1,199 Rad Power Bikes RadMission, and the $3,299 Priority Current. But it’s a pretty evolving list these days.
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Amsterdam wants to reduce electric bike speed limits to just 20 km/h (12 mph)
If you thought most Europeans had it bad with lower e-bike speed limits of just 25 km/h (15 mph), then prepare yourself for even tighter restrictions in one European capital. That’s because Amsterdam’s city officials are proposing to reduce the electric bike speed limit on cycle paths to just 20 km/h (12 mph).Expand Expanding Close
You can now run electric bicycles from power tool batteries
We’re officially living in the future: No longer are your e-bike batteries just for your e-bikes and your power tool batteries just for your drills and string trimmers. Now you can actually mix and match your batteries, at least if you have the right e-bike. Companies like Aventon and Greenworks are making it happen.Expand Expanding Close
Gogoro’s battery-swapping electric scooters begin operations in Singapore
Gogoro, widely considered to be the world leader in battery swapping for light electric vehicles like e-motorbikes, has just launched operations in its latest global expansion to Singapore. A new partnership will now see Gogoro’s battery-swapping technology deployed for food delivery.Expand Expanding Close
Computer maker Acer shows off ‘Extreme’ electric scooter and exercise bike work desk
Fresh off its recent unveiling of a futuristic electric bicycle, Acer is now demonstrating two more wheeled contraptions. The first is a funky-looking electric scooter known as the Predator Extreme, while the second is a bike that looks much faster than it is: the eKinekt BD 3 exercise bike work desk.Expand Expanding Close
I test-drove the only street-legal electric microcar in the US, and it’s wild
Electric microcars are a tricky to define subset of motor vehicles, especially in the US. Open-air neighborhood electric vehicles, fancy golf carts, and other small vehicles tend to blur the line, leaving microcars in that weird category of “I know it when I see it.” Now after recently test-driving one myself from the New York-based startup Wink Motors, now I definitely know it.
There are a few different street-legal microcar-style EVs in the US, but most take the form of golf cart-style buggies. Some are even actual golf carts that have been souped up with the required hardware to make them street legal. That leaves Wink as pretty much the only low-cost, car-like, and street-legal microcar in the US, at least for now.Expand Expanding Close
Electric bike tax credit bill reintroduced, providing up to $1,500 off new e-bikes in US
After being originally introduced in 2021, yet faltering before the finish line, a federal incentive for electric bicycle purchases is back on the table. If it passes, Americans could receive a $1,500 tax credit for the purchase of an electric bike.Expand Expanding Close
INMOTION V12HT electric unicycle review: I have no business on a high power wheel
Nothing in my life is telling me “You should definitely hop on a high power electric unicycle,” and yet I’m glad I decided to do it anyway. After testing a smaller and lighter InMotion electric unicycle last year, the company offered me a chance to try out a significantly more powerful INMOTION V12HT. And it was quite eye-opening.Expand Expanding Close
Acer (yes, the computer company) is building a fancy electric bike with built-in AI
Meet the Acer ebii, a lightweight electric bike built by computer component maker Acer. The company looks to be coming in hot with several innovative features that we have rarely seen in the e-bike industry.Expand Expanding Close
Flying electric boat company Candela soars closer to its 30-passenger vessel
Swedish electric boat maker Candela is flying high recently, and not just on its hydrofoils. The company has just announced a new $20M investment that will accelerate the rollout of its upcoming 30-passenger electric ferry, the Candela P-12 Shuttle.Expand Expanding Close
Electric motorcycle maker Energica’s drivetrains to soon power light electric airplanes
If you’re familiar with Energica, then you probably know all about the company’s high-performance electric motorcycles. They’re some of the fastest, most powerful, and longest-range electric motorcycles in the world. But after developing such an impressive electric powertrain, Energica isn’t stopping with two-wheelers. The company’s tech could soon be taking to the sky inside light electric aircraft.Expand Expanding Close
Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire electric motorcycles now available in Europe
LiveWire, the electric motorcycle brand spun out of Harley-Davidson, has just announced that the company’s flagship LiveWire ONE electric motorcycle is now available in Europe.Expand Expanding Close
Weird Alibaba: Cruise all day on this cheap electric… flatbed cart?
When it comes to four-wheeled electric vehicles, Alibaba is known to have some doozies in the low price department. But this model might take the cake for cheapest electric vehicle yet. I’m not sure what I’d use it for, but at least the $600 price tag wouldn’t be nearly as hard to justify to my wife as my $2,000 truck was.
And as some nice bonus points, it works perfectly for this week’s edition of the Awesomely Weird Alibaba Electric Vehicle of the Week!Expand Expanding Close
Himiway launches 3 new electric bikes including a silly little $499 model
Electric bicycle brand Himiway just ran a flashy Apple-like product launch to announce three new e-bikes models. The new members of the family include the Himiway Pony electric micro-bike, the Himiway Rambler hybrid/city e-bike and the Himiway Rhino & Rhino Pro dual battery fat tire e-bikes.Expand Expanding Close
These fun little open-top electric jeep-like vehicles are now rentable around the US
The Moke, based on a post-war British jeep-like vehicle, has become an iconic and eye-catching little buggy over the years. Now the US-based MOKE America has opened up a rental option called WeMoke to make these weird little electric vehicles more accessible to anyone looking for a unique driving adventure.Expand Expanding Close
Juiced drops prices on its most powerful e-bikes as legal battles sunset the models
After a costly and time-consuming legal battle to secure the trademarks for its most powerful HyperScorpion and HyperScrambler 2 e-bikes, Juiced Bikes has decided to discontinue the current model lines. As part of that closeout, the company has put its existing inventory on closeout sale.Expand Expanding Close
Choosing between control or power, new 40 mph Apollo Phantom e-scooter opts for both
Launched less than two years ago, the original Apollo Phantom electric scooter showcased the company’s first all-original scooter design. It set the stage for a new wave of e-scooters that were no longer just a collection of off-the-shelf parts, but rather a purpose-built commuting machine. Now the company is back with the all new Apollo Phantom 2023, a powerful dual-motor electric scooter that reaches fast top speeds while still focusing on control and comfort as well.Expand Expanding Close
Can Lightning’s electric motorcycle really charge as fast as a gas tank fill-up?
Touring, a type of riding that involves long distance trips, has long been the achilles heel of electric motorcycles. While e-motos have developed to the point where they can beat combustion engine motorcycles in nearly every other metric, quick recharging required for long distance riding has yet to reach parity with a gas station fill-up. At least, that was until Lightning Motorcycle debuted what it says is the fastest charging electric motorcycle yet.Expand Expanding Close
This wooden snow scooter is like a portable electric snowmobile that you stand on
In my many years of covering the micromobility industry, I thought I had seen just about every type of electric scooter out there. That was until the eLyly came across my desk and showed me just how far out an electric snow scooter could be.Expand Expanding Close
HOVSCO launches two new fat tire e-bikes that both pack a punch
Not familiar with HOVSCO? Eh, it’s not really your fault. Even if you spend all day wrist-deep in the e-bike industry like me, there’s a thousand and one e-bike companies out there. I’ve only followed HOVSCO for a few months now through some rather run-of-the-mill e-bike launches, but the company’s latest two models have actually gotten me interested. Meet the new HOVSCO HovWagon and HovScout.Expand Expanding Close
Engwe M20 launched as one of the lowest-cost, dual-suspension electric mopeds we’ve seen
The electric bicycle company Engwe has just launched its latest e-bike design known as the Engwe M20. While borrowing significantly from other e-bikes in the industry, the M20 goes its own way in one key area: the price tag.Expand Expanding Close
Why Fox News wants you to be afraid of electric bikes
Fox News is no stranger to the tactic of fearmongering as a way to stir up its base. But the media network’s latest misdirection campaign attempts to use fear to attack a surprising new target: electric bicycles.Expand Expanding Close
2,000 SONDORS Metacycle e-motorcycles shipped as company extends big price drop
After the e-bike and e-motorcycle company SONDORS’s CEO spoke with Electrek on the Wheel-E Podcast last week, the company made several big announcements about the love-it-or-hate-it Metacycle electric motorcycle.Expand Expanding Close
Tarform unveils 50 mph electric jet ski designed like a manta ray
The boutique electric motorcycle maker Tarform has just unveiled a very different type of electric vehicle than we’re used to seeing from the company. This time it has shunned two wheels in favor of a sleek hull, creating the Tarform Raye personal watercraft.Expand Expanding Close