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April 7, 2023

Ride Review Newsletter: 🧟 US eBike Subsidy Back from the Dead

Plus, Acer is making an eBike, LiveWire is coming to Europe, and Himiway’s got a new bike/scooter mashup.


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What You Need to Know Today

America’s federal electric bike rebate is back from the dead, with several US House Representatives pushing once again to pass a nationwide incentive. The Electric Bicycle Incentive Kickstart for the Environment (E-BIKE) Act would provide a refundable tax credit of up to $1,500 for income-qualified individuals and families. Although the bill is very similar to another measure that was shot down by Congress in 2021, the recent explosion of micromobility incentives globally offers a glimmer of hope that this time around things might be different.

To achieve revenue growth in the micromobility industry, it’s crucial to prioritize product development regardless of whether you’re operating in sharing, subscription, or retail. Are you curious about how vehicle development can enhance your profits? Join our own Oliver Bruce in a live webinar tomorrow, where he’ll be interviewing Faction Bike Studio on the latest design and technology trends that are revolutionizing small electric vehicles. Sign up now to attend the webinar and participate in the audience Q&A.

Swiss eBike producer Thömus used motor tech from the Mars Rover to build a new carbon fiber e-bike that weighs barely over 25 pounds.

Canyon just released a new do-it-all eBike with loads of cool features. Built for the trail-riders and the weekend campers, the Canyon Pathlite:ON features a Bosch 750-watt-hour battery, Magura ABS, multiple frame sizes, and rear pannier attachments.

We’ve talked about the Apple car, but what about the Acer bike? That’s right - the Taiwanese PC producer is making its EV debut with a lightweight, AI-integrated electric bike.

Zondoo’s ZO03 is a scooter on steroids: it packs 7.5 horsepower, a top speed of over 50 mph, and front and rear suspension. Plus it’s even got turn signals.

Harley-Davidson’s LiveWire is bringing its electric motorcycle to Europe. The LiveWire ONE is available for pre-order in Germany, France, the Netherlands, and the UK, with shipments beginning in April.

Scorpio, Singapore’s first electric motorcycle startup, promises a top speed of 65 mph and a max range of 125 miles with its flagship X1.

India’s TVS Motors is said to be developing a mid-mounted powertrain setup for future electric mopeds.

Electric Motors, a new brand from Spain, is out with a retro-style moped with similar performance to a 125cc gas-powered model.

What if you could power your bike with the same battery you use for your cordless garage tools? Swappable household batteries is an idea that many have entertained but few have tried, until now. Through a new partnership with Worx, Aventon’s Pace 350 eBike will be compatible with the same battery packs used for lawnmowers, chainsaws, and more.

Would you drop $1,300 for 3D-printed titanium-alloy cranks for your eMTB? Reviewers say that Cane Creek’s lightweight yet durable Electric Wings may be worth the splurge… but only for the most diehard enthusiasts.

New eBikes from Cube feature the second generation of Bosch ABS tech that improves control and prevents rear-wheel lifting when braking suddenly. The new line of anti-locking braking systems includes custom setups for cargo, touring, allroad, and trail, matching a wide range of riding contexts.

Himiway has diversified its portfolio with three new ebikes, including an urban commuter, a fat tire off-roader, and a funny little pedal-less mini ebike/scooter that costs only $499.

Juiced has decided to discontinue its HyperScorpion and HyperScrambler ebikes due to trademark issues, and as a result, they are now available for $600 off. Fans of these best-selling bikes will be happy to hear that Juiced plans to re-launch the models under new names at the end of this year.

Big news for fans of Honda in the brand’s home market: The vehicle maker is going to debut its first electric motorcycles in Japan, possibly as early as this year.

Pure Electric just released a refreshing new take on an e-scooter, with an ultra-foldable design and front-facing footboards.

Thanks for reading Ride Review - a weekly missive about the people, places, and products that are accelerating the adoption of tiny transportation all over the world.

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