Electric Bicycles Go Mainstream

SANTA CLARA, Calif.  (Profitable.com)  Major product brands as well as celebrities are beginning to appreciate that electric bicycles are fun, practical and environmentally sustainable transportation. Examples of major brand names include the new Tommy Bahama® and Ferrari®.

The new electric bicycle classic cruiser from Tommy Bahama moves the rider along in style at speeds up to 20 miles an hour for distances up to 40 miles, depending on the size of the rider and terrain. It includes six speeds for optional pedaling, custom-padded handgrips and an adjustable contoured seat. Tommy Bahama electric bicycles are available from select retailers nationwide in both Classic and step-thru models. Prices range from $2575-$2675.

Riders looking for style and performance at an affordable price might consider the Ferrari® E+ 1000 watt electric bike. The Ferrari® E+ offers Italian style and performance starting at $3,799.

Celebrities that have embraced electric bikes include the Jonas Brothers, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jay Leno as widely reported online by bloggers and at the artists’ websites.

The Jonas Brothers are using VeloMini® folding electric bicycles to quickly and conveniently transport to, and get around, venues where they are performing. The VeloMini will transport a person 12 mph for up to 10 miles without pedaling, yet it folds so small it can be taken practically anywhere. The VeloMini is the perfect first mile, last mile solution for “multi-mode” transportation. Price: $995 at http://www.velomini.com.

The Ultra Motor® A2B is perfectly at home on the trails of California as well as the streets of Manhattan. The A2B has front and rear suspension, a powerful 500 watt motor and the ability to cruise 20 miles an hour with a range up to 40 miles when the optional second battery is added. Price: $2695.

“Although electric bicycles are just now going main stream in the U.S., they are extremely popular in Europe and Asia. Over 27 million electric bikes were sold in China alone in 2010,” stated Douglas Schwartz, Founder of ELV Motors, Inc. in Silicon Valley.