About the Author

Micah Toll

@MicahToll

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 Electric Motorcycles 2019.

You can send him tips at Micah@electrek.co

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Today

It seems Rad Power Bikes has an e-bike for just about everything. Need to haul a ton of cargo? They have a bike for that. Need a fat tire e-bike for crushing trails? They’ve got that, too. Need an efficient, powerful commuter e-bike? Then you’re also in luck, because that’s what we’re reviewing today. The RadCity 4 electric bike is the ultimate commuter e-bike from Rad Power Bikes.

Let’s dive in and see if this e-bike is right for you. Oh, and stick around, because we’ll also share with you an exclusive deal to get a free $100 accessory with the bike.

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Yesterday

Over the last few years, Xiaomi has demonstrated quite a knack for bringing quirky and inexpensive electric bicycles and scooters to market. And while most of those models have begun sale in China, many are finding their way to international markets quicker than we originally anticipated.

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March 28

With a rise in the number of electric dirt bikes available today and even more on the way, it’s becoming more interesting than ever to pit them against gas dirt bikes. A Slovenian YouTuber recently did just that, comparing an electric dirt bike versus a 2-stroke and 4-stroke gas dirt bike in drag races and hill climbs.

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March 27

Wheels, a popular electric bicycle-style e-scooter sharing platform announced last week that it was pulling its vehicles from service due to the coronavirus crisis sweeping the country. Now Wheels is back with a creative solution to keeping their shared vehicles safe and sanitized.

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If you thought Xiaomi was all about cell phones and tablets, then think again. The company has promoted a number of budget-minded electric bicycles and even electric mopeds. And now Xiaomi is back with another e-moped in the form of the A1 and A1 Pro models.

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March 26

Last year, Rad Power Bikes unveiled the RadRunner as a new form of utility bike that was light on features, helping it also remain light on customer’s wallets. Now the company is back with a second, more full-featured version known as the RadRunner Plus.

And as an added treat, Rad Power Bikes is offering a free accessory just for Electrek readers. Details below!

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March 24

Mid-drive electric bicycles (e-bikes with a motor that powers the bike near the pedals in the center of the bike) have a number of advantages over typical hub motor e-bikes. However, price isn’t usually one of them. The more complicated motor and smoother operation of a mid-drive often jacks up the price. That is precisely the reason why I was excited to test out the Buzz E-bike, which is perhaps the most affordable mid-drive e-bike on the market today.

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March 23

The coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact has affected nearly every area of commerce by now. Electric bicycle manufacturers, especially those located in China, certainly aren’t immune to the economic ripples caused by the crisis. But electric bicycle manufacturer FREY Bike has created a unique program to assist new and current customers alike.

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March 22

For anyone who thinks electric motorcycles can’t tour, check this out. A Harley-Davidson LiveWire was just used to break the 24-hour distance record for an electric motorcycle.

The bike reportedly traveled 1,723 km (1,070 miles) in 23 hours and 48 minutes.

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March 20

For months now, we’ve been following the leaks and teasers around Cleveland Cyclewerks’ upcoming new Falcon electric motorcycle. And today we’re finally getting the full scoop as the Ohio-based motorcycle company pulls the sheet off their first electric motorcycle.

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Bragging rights are common in the world of long-distance motorcycle rides, such as the “Iron Butt” for anyone who completes a 1,000 mile (1,600 km) ride in 24 hours. But one man might have just earned himself the equivalent “Iron Ankles” after taking a standing electric scooter on a 24-hour cross-country-style trip in Florida.

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March 19

On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I got my hands on the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire electric motorcycle. Over my weeklong trip it became my ride everywhere. From winding down Mulholland Drive to cruising along Sunset Boulevard to weaving through traffic on the 101, the LiveWire and I got to know each other pretty well during our relatively short period of time together.

And during that time I learned a lot about the bike. It’s not perfect; the LiveWire surely has its deficiencies.

But it also has a number of redeeming qualities that make it seriously deserving of a second look. And that also gives me hope for how Harley-Davidson can play a leading role in the rapidly evolving electric motorcycle industry.

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March 18

I’m an electric motorcycle guy, through and through. Yet for some reason I still had to earn my motorcycle license by testing on a gas-powered Harley-Davidson. If the Super Soco TSx had been around then, though, perhaps I could have tested on a new breed of learner electric motorcycles.

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March 17

[Update March 17: Lime has just announced that it is suspending its electric scooter sharing operations to encourage people to stay indoors as part of a social distancing policy. The countries with suspended Lime service include Italy, France, and Spain. Service is also being suspended in California and Washington State.]

Electric bicycles, electric scooters, and other personal electric vehicles have long been touted for their economic and environmental benefits. But now we’re seeing how these types of vehicles are being effectively employed as one more option to defend commuters from contracting and/or spreading coronavirus.

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New York City’s ban of electric bicycles has been shelved to help support food delivery during the coronavirus crisis.

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Beijing-based electric scooter manufacturer NIU has shown impressive growth quarter after quarter lately. The company’s Q4 financial report was just released, continuing the trend with all-time high sales and revenue figures.

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March 16

As far as electric vehicles go, electric bicycles are famously energy-efficient. Most can easily travel 100 miles (160 km) on around $1 of electricity. But what if instead of paying for that electricity, you could capture it from the sun instead? That’s exactly what Richard Drumm did when he built a simple DIY electric bicycle solar-charging setup.

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March 13

Santa Clara, California-based Vintage Electric has just released a new electric bicycle model known as the Cafe, and it is nearly as pretty as it is expensive.

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March 12

NIU unveiled its upgraded NQi GTS Sport electric scooter at the EICMA 2019 Milan Motorcycle Show last November.

Now the company has just announced that orders are open for the new scooter. And the first customers in line are getting treated to a big discount as well.

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You better think twice about tuning your electric bicycle for more speed or power, at least if you live in France. That offense is now punishable by law, and you won’t believe what the maximum sentence can be.

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