Toward the Perfect Electric Bicycle: EV World Reports from Interbike 2014

If you love bicycles and cycling, Interbike is the place to be in North America. And as is happening in Europe, e-bikes increasingly are claiming not only more floor space but also mindshare among the exhibitors, retailers, media, and the public who attend this annual trade show in Las Vegas. Here's EV World's first report from the Mandalay Bay convention center.


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Time Lapse Video of Strati 3-D Printed Electric Car

Local Motors developed the Strati electric runabout that is 3-D printed from some 40 parts in 44 hours. The electric drive, steering and suspension were added later.



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Renault to Debut 282 MPG EOLAB Concept Car
Four passenger EOLAB can travel 100 km (62 mi) per liter of fuel, the equivalent, in Europe, of 282 mpg while emitting just 22 g/km of CO2.

Big Oil Needs Renewable Energy If It Is to Have a Future
Giles Parkinson observes the business model of Big Oil is already being eroded by rising capital intensity and diminishing returns.

Volkswagen Executive: Toyota's Fuel Cell Experiment Doomed
Volkswagen Group Japan president Shigeru Shoji may fall prey to the "'Galapagos syndrome,' whereby Japanese products are popular only in their country of origin."

Examples of Peak Oil Are All Around Us
Former CIA analyst Tom Whipple sees that despite the shale oil boom, 'another shoe' is about to drop that will be 'worse in terms of oil shortages, higher prices and interrupted economic growth.'

Tesla the Alt. Energy Car of Choice Over Fuel Cell Models
ISI Group states in its new report that ,'We believe... battery electric vehicles... and not hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles... present the optimum solution as OEMs pursue tailpipe emission free cars.'

Electric Car Battery Swapping the Module Way
University of California San Diego engineering students believe that battery swapping at the module level can be a breakthrough approach to overcoming range anxiety and reducing the cost of electric cars by $10K.

Las Vegas Bike Trade Show Signals Speed Up of E-Bike Market in USA
The e-bike market in the United States is finally gaining momentum. This was the main message of last week’s Interbike.

Electric Bike Market Gaining Traction Globally
The market for electric bikes is expected to grow in the coming years, as more people embrace the two-wheeler's advanced technologies and multiple benefits.

Killajoule Hits 270 MPH at Bonneville
Husband and wife team from Colorado set new land speed record for a sidecar classified motorcycle as Eva Hakansson breaks her own 241 mph record set just days earlier.


BMW Considering New Electric MINI Superleggera
The proposed MINI electric car will be first mass-production EV and the first to move away from the original retro design.

Renault Ready to Build Electric Fluence in China
Although Renault has partnered with Dongfend Motors on a joint venture to build cars in China, the Fluence may be built for another, as yet unnamed Chinese manufacturer.

Nissan Said Considering Ending Its Own Battery Production
Nissan has been unable to produce cost-competitive batteries compared to those manufactured by LG Chem, which not only supplies cells to General Motors, but also for some Renault models.

Here Are Eight Things You May Not Know About Electric Cars
Nissan LEAF-sponsored list of advantages of electric cars from their often superior acceleration to low operating costs.

Kia Soul EV Seen as Best Electric Car Value
The Soul EV is rated at 120 MPGe city and 90 MPGe highway for an average to 105 MPGe combined, according to EPA rating.

Car & Driver Compares BMW and Mercedes Electric Cars
While Car & Driver praises the Mrecedes B-Class EV, but finds the i3 an ambitious, if quirky, groundbreaking electric car.

Electric Vehicles May Find Promising Role with Police Forces
Stealth and low maintenance and operating costs are attractive to budget-pressed police departments.

You Know Something's Up When the Voice of Bart Simpson Goes Electric
Besides The Simpson's actor, Nancy Carter, touting National Drive Electric Week, other celebrities and public officials across America are encouraging citizens to take a test drive of an electric car.

What's Tesla Up To Outside Reno?
Las Vegas Sun tells its readers what Tesla is doing in northern Nevada at its future Gigafactory, which not only will be powered by the area's abundant solar and geothermal energy, but also take advantage of its rich mineral deposits.

Tesla Can Now Sell Cars Directly in Massachusetts, Rules High Court
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled that car dealers cannot use state law to protect themselves "against competition from an unaffiliated manufacturer."

Electric Cars, Other Factors Pose Threat to Highway Infrastructure
With American's driving fewer miles and gasoline cars fuel economy standards headed higher, the growth of electric cars, which use little or no gasoline means legislators need to find new mechanisms to fund highway improvements, writes Adam Galas.

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