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The Best Electric Boat Motors

by Justin Phelps •

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The Best Electric Boat Motors: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 ($99) Minn Kota Endura C2 55 ($257) MotorGuide VariMAX V55 – Freshwater, Pontoon Mount ($414) Torqeedo Travel 1003 ($1,999) Compared to gasoline-powered boat motors, electric outboard motors provide quieter operation, no exhaust fumes and zero emissions. Electrics are great as the primary means of propulsion for small boats, a secondary …

Go-Ped Scooters: 2010 Review

by Tracy McGill •

So what’s a Go-Ped? Go-Ped is a line of scooters, electric, gas and human powered, designed and manufactured by Patmont Motor Werks. With their award winning technology, Go-Ped scooters are geared for the short distance commuter interested in reducing their carbon footprint. Manufactured in Nevada, the founders of Go-Ped are dedicated to providing jobs for Americans and supporting domestic manufacturers …

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GM And Segway Unveil Their Electric 2-Seater

by Justin Thomas •

Yesterday, GM and Segway unveiled an electric-powered urban vehicle called the Puma. The Puma seats two people, and is said to reach a top speed of 35 miles per hour. The vehicle can go 35 miles before needing a recharge. Larry Burns, vice president of research and development for GM, said it would cost about 35 cents to charge the …

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New Zero-Emissions Electric Commuter Bike: The A2B

by Justin Thomas •

A company called Ultra Motor has released a new electric bike called the A2B. This bike looks great – I like the functional, minimalist style. The A2B is designed for urban or suburban commutes. According to Ultra Motors, the A2B offers unassisted power on demand for up to 20 miles at a cruising speed of 20mph. At that speed it’s still …

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The Strida: An Efficient Short-Trip Bike

by Justin Thomas •

Several readers have noted that we neglected to mention the Strida folding bike in our folding bike round-up. The Strida is a unique bike designed to take a commuter a few miles to the train or bus. It has an extremely quick folding action: it takes about seven seconds to fold one up. Here’s a video of the folding action:

Trailerbikes: A 2008 Review and Buying Guide

by Justin Thomas •

A trailer bike is a one-wheeled bike extension that attaches to the back of your bike. They are an efficient way to bring your child on a longer bike ride. Your smaller companion can assist you with pedaling, while you control the steering and speed. This allows your child to become familiar with the process of riding a bike, and …

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Zapino: A 100% Electric Scooter by ZAP

by Justin Thomas •

The Zapino scooter, made by ZAP, in a company better known for their electric cars, has been getting rave reviews. Many Zapino owners report that this scooter performs really well and is quite reliable (see here and here). It’s also relatively inexpensive, being sold for just under $3000. It has a powerful 3000-watt brushless DC hub motor, which, according to …

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World’s First Wave Powered Boat

by Justin Thomas •

Ken-ichi Horie, a 69 year old Japanese sailor, is planning a solo 4,350 mile trip from Hawaii to Japan using an innovative wave powered boat. If successful, the trip would earn him a Guinness record while simultaneously proving the viability of wave powered propulsion.

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The Matra MS1 Electric Bike

by Justin Thomas •

This could be a great commuting machine — it’s an electric-powered bike designed by the French company Matra. The bike was recently introduced at the Paris Motorshow. It has a range of 60 miles, in addition to the mileage you add by using pedal power. It has a top speed of 30 miles per hour, but this is an artificial …

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$30,000 Electric Car For 2009

by Justin Thomas •

Miles Rubin, founder of Miles Automotive Group, wants to build an all-electric car that costs $30,000. It would be a zero-emissions vehicle with a top speed of 80 miles per hour and a range of 120 miles. Basically, the idea is to have this electric car compete head-to-head with a conventional sedan like the Camry. Rubin’s company already builds low-speed …