PHOTO CAPTION: Ohm Cycles XS700 electric bicycle

Ohm Cycles XS700 is Electric Hill Climber

Powered by a 350 Watt electric motor, the XS 700 retails for $3450 US.

Published: 04-Feb-2009

Outfitted like a real mountain bike and headlining a burly 350-watt motor, Ohm's XS700 is as close to true off-roading as you'll get in an electric pedal-assist bike these days.

Skidding in at 53 pounds (on the lighter side for this category) Ohm's mountain bike-inspired geometry and its nine-level power-assist and regeneration system make it a smart, nimble and efficient two-wheeler.

On pavement and trail the BionX power plant, mounted on the rear hub, employs a unique sensor technology that is constantly adjusting the level of assistance it gives you based on the terrain. Encountering some mushy road? More power is delivered to the gears. Gliding down paved asphalt? The juice is dialed back. And if your thighs are flushed with lactic acid on a sheer hill, a flick of the trusty thumb throttle cracks the whip and the motor totally takes over, no pedaling required.


The scooters currently come in two models, 1000 and 1500 watts, and retail for NZ$2200 and NZ$2400 including GST. Photo courtesy of Scoop.

Piaggio Porter pictured at right has electric driving range of 7-120 km with a top speed of 60 km/hr.

New Alias electric three-wheeler will be marketed under Detroit Electric name.


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