Linked by David Adams on Wed 1st Aug 2012 16:53 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes I had the chance to attend the bike industry’s annual DealerCamp in my hometown of Park City, Utah last week. It’s an event where dealers and manufacturers can meet up, and everyone can try the latest bicycle technology on the roads and trails. While there, I took a particular interest in electric bicycles, which were represented by several vendors. Electric bicycle tech has made some major strides in the past few years, but still has a long way to go, in particular on the software side.
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RE[2]: impractical
by unclefester on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 09:02 UTC in reply to "RE: impractical "
unclefester
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2007-01-13

You get no health benefit unless you pedal the bike yourself.

Batteries have a short effective lifespan (~1000 charges). Processing rare earths to make electric motor magnets is extremely hazardous and highly polluting.

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RE[3]: impractical
by Nth_Man on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 09:15 in reply to "RE[2]: impractical "
Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

You get no health benefit unless you pedal the bike yourself.

They are talking about pedalling and also using the motor when needed, for example riding uphill. And about the chance of getting batteries charged when riding downhill. They would do exercise but not too much, so they wouldn't go to work exhausted or with a lot of sweat.

If the destination place is near, they don't need an electric bike, of course, just a normal one.

Batteries have a short effective lifespan (~1000 charges). Processing rare earths to make electric motor magnets is extremely hazardous and highly polluting.

Other vehicles, like cars, to be made and to be used... require a lot of elements and have also batteries. I was are not talking about eliminating pollution, just about reducing it.

Edited 2011-08-02 09:18 UTC

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RE[4]: impractical
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 14:47 in reply to "RE[3]: impractical "
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Switching to vespa style scooters instead of cars would also be a huge step in reducing fuel consumption and pollution. With our lazy population, it would also be more likely to be accepted. I was looking at moving to a small town and downgrading from car to vespa, but it just wasn't the right fit for me.

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RE[3]: impractical
by Splinter on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 09:31 in reply to "RE[2]: impractical "
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2005-07-13

Batteries have a short effective lifespan (~1000 charges). Processing rare earths to make electric motor magnets is extremely hazardous and highly polluting.


Most lithium batteries quote well over 1000 cycles to loose only 20 percent of their original capacity. They still work just 80% of original energy storage.

Most push bike motors use NO rare earth metals they are just too dear. And most of the concern with rare earth elements in batteries are derived from the Toyota's NiCd batteries... not newer LiPo or LiFePo batteries.

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