August 17, 2023

🏍 Let’s Talk About Ola’s New Supersport

Plus, Trek’s first moped-style ebike.

What You Need to Know Today

Let’s start today with a pop quiz. Which country do you think likes bikes the least? If you guessed America… you’d be wrong. According to a new international poll by YouGov, Brits are the most opposed to the idea of biking, while Poles are the most in favor of going for a spin, leading the 12-country ranking.

This week on Ride On!, Julia and James took the new XOTO, the world’s first self-stabilizing three-wheeled moto, for a ride alongside the company’s founder and CEO, Tim Huntzinger.

But if you’d rather stick with a classic two-wheeled ebike, we just put out comprehensive shopping guides on two of the hottest brands on the market, Ride1Upand Himiway

Bengaluru-based Ola Electric is coming out with four new electric motorbikes, with sales and deliveries starting in a year. Among the latest additions is the S1-X, which the company claims will be one of the most affordable mopeds in India at $1,085. 

… on the other end of Ola’s new product spectrum is the outlandishly edgy Diamondhead. While little is currently known about the futuristic supersport’s performance, based on the teaser video, internet sleuths have deduced the bike is a center-hub steered machine.

Speaking of cutting-edge gadgets, Canyon just revealed a frankly crazy design for a hydrogen cell-powered ebike called the Eco Speed. Could this innovative concept bike be the sort of thing we all ride one day? 

Wondering where you can and can’t drive your new low-speed electric vehicle? GEM’s new app shows every road in the U.S. with posted speed limits of 35 mph (56 km/h) or lower.

Trek just announced the Ponto Go, its first moped-style electric utility bike, through its Electra brand. The Ponto Go is outfitted with a long rear rack, an extended bench seat with foot pegs for a second rider, pedal forward geometry, and high rise handlebars. The tandem vehicle can reach a top speed of 26 mph (42 kph) with pedal assist and has a max range of 60 miles (96 km).

Would you be more likely to purchase a house if it came with a free electric bike? A Scottish homebuilder is trying to entice buyers to a downtown neighborhood in Glasgow with the offer of a pedelec worth up to £3,000. 

Speaking of free ebikes, have you entered our Lectric XP 3.0 giveaway yet? There’s still time, if not. Follow these simple steps to enter for your chance to win this long-range, folding step-thru bike.

Indian manufacturer Mahindra’s new electric rickshaw, the e-Alfa Super, is a modern utility vehicle with 59 miles (95 km) of range on a single charge. (But if you do run out of juice, the vehicle comes with access to 10,000 charging stations across India). Mahindra claims the new three-wheeler is “best-in-class” for its safety and comfort features.

Chinese manufacturer QJ Motor recently launched the OAO Pro, a motorcycle that doubles as a sportbike and a commuter vehicle. The OAO Pro can reach a top speed of 60 mph (97 kph) and has a range of 106 miles (170 km).

British ebike company Volt will soon start allowing customers to use a subscription model on their vehicles starting at £89 per month. Volt has partnered with rental provider Blike and will use their established subscription scheme to get users connected to a network of sustainable transport.

Over on Ride Review, Lauren takes an in-depth look at Maxfind’s high-performance electric skateboard

NAVEE, a China-based manufacturer, just announced that its newest line of electric commuter scooters is coming to the US market after success overseas. The three new models includes short-range, 9V40 - $499), mid-range (V50 - $599), and long-range (S65C - $899) models. 

Addmotor just launched the CityTri E-310 electric trike, a three-wheeler designed for riders of all skill levels. The easy-to-ride bike comes equipped with a backrest to its comfy seat and full-coverage fenders. It is also foldable, making it easier to store. Its top speed is 20 mph (32 kph) and claims a range of 90 miles (145 km).

Electric trikes truly come in all shapes in sizes. Take, for example, the new Vook, which looks likes a cross of a gokart and beach cruiser with its low center of gravity and swept-back handelbars. The tiny vehicle, which just launched on Indiegogo, promises a remarkable top speed of 40 mph (64 kph). 

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