Mercedes’ Smart division is getting set to launch a Smart electric bicycle line in the US, and it’s got a snazzy new commercial to help make it successful.
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The production version of the pedal/electric Smart bicycle quietly debuted at this year’s Detroit Auto Show carrying a $2950 price tag. Along with the price, the bikes carried a features list full of clever, high-end components aimed at making the bikes both more durable, and more convenient, for its end-users.
I was riding in the bike lane on Toronto’s Harbord Street last week during the afternoon rush hour and thought boy, there sure are a lot of bikes, so many that I stopped to take a photo of them. It turns out that this wasn’t an aberration, but a significant trend. Cycle Toronto recently did a traffic count and found that in the course of a day, fully 45% of the vehicles on Harbord Street were bicycles.
You hear it again and again whenever you hear someone try to justify the massive new gas-guzzler they’ve just parked in their driveway. “I’d love to get something more green, but I need a big car/truck/SUV for my kids/dogs/towing.” Throw in a little petulant whine on the “need” and I’m sure it’ll seem immediately familiar. Oh, if only one of those little plug-in electric cars – you know, the ones that have enough range and trunk space to be able to handle a huge majority of our driving needs – would come free with that big gas-guzzler!
Bike lanes have been popping up in cities across the country as people go from fossil fuels to pedal power. But not everybody likes that parking spots are turning into bike lanes, and on any given day you’ll find more than a few inconsiderate people who park in bike lanes. The mayor of Vilinius, Lithuania sent a powerful message over the summer when he crushed an offending vehicle with a tank. And apparently the good mayor has made his way to New York with his message…
Make no mistake, electric scooters are coming. It may not be this year or the next, but the combination of gas-free living, urban agility, and the instant-on acceleration that is unique to EVs will continue to win over young urbanites … if only someone would come out with an electric scooter that was, you know, […]
Cycling is a huge part of urban life already, and – as gas prices climb and the desire to be more ecologically responsible becomes more mainstream – it is becoming an even huger part. Even major automakers are starting to push out electric bicycles! It’s understandable, then, that as bikes and cyclists are enjoying something […]
There was more than one new product announcement at Mercedes’ captive Smart brand this week, but even though this one rides the (literal?) coattails of its new-and-improved Electric Drive brother, it may still be the smartest Smart yet! I first rode one of Mercedes’ early electric bikes over a decade ago in South Florida, thanks […]
Hybrid flywheel energy storage got off to a bit of a shaky start in Formula 1 back in 2009, but the technology is gaining ground outside the motorsports arena in production cars, utility companies, and – now – it’s found its way into bicycles! The bike you see here has been rigged up with a […]
As part of a series of rules changes designed to spur green-tech innovation and promote sustainability within the sport, Formula 1’s sanctioning body recently announced that, as of 2014, cars must travel on battery power only while in pit lane. Effectively, the new rules will turn every F1 car on the grid into dual-mode hybrid […]
I hate traffic with unbridled vitriol. I could never live in a big city with their maddening congestion and constant construction. However, a new study suggests cycling might be faster than driving in some places.
I have survived Southern California’s horrendous traffic jams, though just barely. How anybody could stand to sit in traffic for hours on end, day in and day out, is beyond me. People do it though, and it seems to have bred a special kind of patience in the residents of Southern California. California also is […]