Gallery: Ultra Motors Light Electric Vehicle Hits US this Summer

 

Following the success of Ultra Motor’s Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) in India and China, this eco and economical form of urban transport is set to go on sale in the U.S. this summer, and in Europe later this year. The 2008 electric bike, the “A2B”, offers the style of a bike with the power of an electric motor, offering ‘unassisted power’ for up to 20miles, with a top speed of 20mph/33kmph.

Priced at $2,200 and available through retailers across the states (incl. California, Ohio, New York and Texas), the A2B “comes with a tissue-box-sized removable lithium ion battery that can be charged in a normal electric outlet, just like a mobile phone.” In an article written for BusinessWeek (March 2008), Jennifer L. Schenker explained the relevant timing for the launch of Ultra Motor’s electric transport, noting ever-crowding cities and high oil prices making the market timing just right.

Not only is the A2B a great form of sustainable travel, but the six year old British company Ultra Motor have extended the design and are currently rolling out their concept for ‘LEV Cities’, “a new transportation system providing clean mobility to city dwellers, commuters and tourists alike.” Similar to the Vélib’ bicycle rental scheme in Paris, the LEV City is built on a network of charging stations and is incredibly simple to use; once registered as a LEV user, you find a charging station, dock your bike, swipe your card, charge the battery… and ride (there is a short animation, illustrating the concept on the Ultra Motor website).

Just last week, BusinessWeek reported that Stuttgart have signed up with the British company, to make LEV’s available for rent throughout the German city: “LEV parking spots, which will be connected to the electricity grid in Stuttgart and double as charging stations, will be sprinkled every 150-200 meters throughout the city. The plan is to have 1,200 LEVs available for rent at 250 stations in a first phase, and 10 times that many in a second phase, says Ultra Motor Chief Executive Joe Bowman. Launch is expected in about 10 months.”

What a refreshingly simple and sustainable concept! Maybe we are looking at the future of inner city travel.

+ Ultra Motors + BusinessWeek (June 2008). Urban Eco-Transport to Hit the Street. + BusinessWeek (March 2008). Revolutionizing Urban Transport.

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7 Comments

  1. Rick July 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm
  2. Rick June 24, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Ultra Motor the manufacture of this bike is going to have demo bikes available at its premiere dealers first week of July. This bike has a 500watt motor 750peak watts 36 volt 12Ahr battery plenty of power to get you around town. Javelina Cycles will get the first demos and will be taking orders with the first run of bike available for sale toward the end of July. The A2B has an MSRP price of $2599 and expected to be sold out. The Europa also electric bike is now available for sale MSRP is $1899 36volt and 400watt motor. Call Javelina Cycles 480-598-3373

  3. kurtisroy June 19, 2008 at 11:23 am

    If it encourages people to get out of their cars…then i think it is great. the more people who get out of their cars and onto their bikes, the more power we have to urge cities to protect our bikers on the roads.

  4. jackson June 11, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    This is the coolest electric bike on the market that I have seen!.. You can not compare this product with the Schwinn. Schwin is a 250w pedal assisted bicycle. This is a 500w power on demand product. Looks like it has a load of power!

  5. eBeran June 11, 2008 at 5:54 am

    I bet it\’s great for people who have many hills or don\’t want to work up a sweat when biking to their workplace.

  6. zyde June 10, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    i will just ride a bike…

  7. clairseach June 10, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Nice, but I can get a Schwinn electric bike at Canadian Tire for $500 right now.

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