Adrianne Jeffries

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: The A2B Electric Bike

by , 04/14/09

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What do you get when you cross a bicycle with an electric scooter? Probably something like Ultra Motor‘s “Light Electric Vehicle,” the A2B. Silent and stylish, the A2B is designed for urban and suburban commuters (check out that comfy, oversized seat). It’s like your bicycle, except with a lithium ion battery-powered motor that you can plug in and charge at any ordinary electric socket. And if you run out of power on the road, no worries — just start pedaling.

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The bike can go for 20 miles at up to 20 mph, and you can double that range by buying an extra battery pack. It has a lightweight aluminum body (73 lbs.) with full suspension — check out the rest of the specs here. The bike is outfitted with two bags and two baskets for your stuff. This hybrid offers a relaxing, emissions-free ride — and as the web site says, it “allows riders to get as much or as little exercise as they choose.”

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  1. jeanremi July 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Not fair to compare this to cars or air planes!! At this price range of 3000$ and 700$/year for battery this a2b bike must be compared to high end scooters. My Yamaha scooter cost me 5$ a month on gas, it is more powerful than 10 of a2b combined, more durable, more reliable and can beat the a2b in anything. I think by being greedy ultra-motors just missed the chance to secure a huge chunk of the market. At 1000-1500$ this a2b would have been a top seller around the world and I personally would have bought one for sure. Unfortunately for 3000$ the choice is very obvious the scooter is much better choice. I hope ultra-motors will push the price down otherwise they will face marginalisation because many other companies are taking the lead now with great models at way mush reasonable price.

  2. jpanizzoli August 3, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    I’ve personally test-riden an A2B, and it’s a very nice bike. But it’s extremely expensive! There are a wide variety of other options out there, and most are well below the $2500+ price tag of the A2B. Some are $499 or lower. Check out http://www.eco-wheelz.com for a variety of other options.

  3. ron@iBikeElectric.com April 16, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Cameron and Haywillhay…just to point out that an electric bike does have more of a footprint then regular bikes, but offers a great trade off in what I call SubUrban \”Short Trips\” – there is a positive impact in reduction of greenhouse gases when you use your electric bike ( that still allows you to pedal when you want to without using the motor) on short trips to the store, or other errands. Yes you might think that you won\’t get in shape with an electric motor – but not true…you tend to ride longer when there is an assist – we find our riders now ride recreational for 4 to 5 hours a day with the combination of electric and pedaling…and when they had just the normal bike, on rec rides…they would be 1 to 2 hours max. Anything to keep someone out of the car is always a plus. Plus in our store we about to give offsetting carbon credits for the only thing an electric bike will do, is harm to the environment (after 5 years or so) is when the battery needs to be replaced. Biking no matter what type is beneficial and rewarding for the individual – for the family, the community and the environment – Human Transport…so as someone who now sells electric bikes http://www.iBikeElectric.com and Carbon Fields for waste to energy through bio mass on degradable and marginal lands…I give electric and regular bikes a big Plus for reducing Greenhouse gases and getting people out of their Hybrids and SUV\’s. – Regards – Ron

  4. ron April 16, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Cameron and Haywillhay…just to point out that an electric bike does have more of a footprint then regular bikes, but offers a great trade off in what I call SubUrban “Short Trips” – there is a positive impact in reduction of greenhouse gases when you use your electric bike ( that still allows you to pedal when you want to without using the motor) on short trips to the store, or other errands. Yes you might think that you won’t get in shape with an electric motor – but not true…you tend to ride longer when there is an assist – we find our riders now ride recreational for 4 to 5 hours a day with the combination of electric and pedaling…and when they had just the normal bike, on rec rides…they would be 1 to 2 hours max. Anything to keep someone out of the car is always a plus. Plus in our store we about to give offsetting carbon credits for the only thing an electric bike will do, is harm to the environment (after 5 years or so) is when the battery needs to be replaced. Biking no matter what type is beneficial and rewarding for the individual – for the family, the community and the environment – Human Transport…so as someone who now sells electric bikes http://www.iBikeElectric.com and Carbon Fields for waste to energy through bio mass on degradable and marginal lands…I give electric and regular bikes a big Plus for reducing Greenhouse gases and getting people out of their Hybrids and SUV’s. – Regards – Ron

  5. Cameron Bibler April 15, 2009 at 11:28 am

    ..couldn’t agree more. Electric bikes are a step backwards in terms of sustainability and healthy living. get out and exercise for real, sitting on an electric bike doesn’t count.

  6. haywillhay April 14, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Electric bikes are a waste! Riding an ordinary bicycle helps you keep healthy and reduce your environmental impact at the same time. Adding an electic motor defeats the purpose entirely, especially if the electricity is produced in a coal power plant. You might as well drive a hybrid SUV.

  7. VeloChef April 14, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Great bike – In Stock – Earth Day deals now! at ELV Motors http://www.elvmotors.com
    Pls also check informative blog on electric bikes at http://www.velorep.com/velochef

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