Yamaha’s $2000 Electric Bike

This compact electric bike, the EC-02 from Yamaha, costs just under $2000. First introduced in Japan two years ago, the EC-02 is similar to the Enertia motorcycle I wrote about recently in TreeHugger. But this scooter has more modest specs: a top speed of 18 MPH and a range of 40 miles. So it’s more suitable for commuters and scooting …

Rapid-Charging Electric SUV Demonstrated

Recently, Phoenix Motorcars demonstrated their plug-in electric SUV that will go on sale in 2008. The SUV uses AltairNano’s fast-charge lithium-ion battery technology for power. The vehicle has a top speed of about 100 miles per hour, and its range is about 250 miles. Here’s a video of the SUV in action.

Electric Motorcycles

There’s increasing interest in electric motorcycles these days. Just like other electric vehicles, electric motorcycles don’t generate any emissions and are quiet. They and can go 30 miles on 5 cents worth of electricity. You may have seen the electric motorcycle featured in Popular Mechanics recently. Not long ago, the electric Killacycle set a world speed record, and another speedy …

Quiet Revolution Wind Turbines

Quiet Revolution is an English company that makes visually intriguing wind turbines. The QR5 Vertical Axis Wind Turbine generates 6 kilowatts of power. It’s quieter than your typical wind turbine because the tip speed is slower, due to the triple-helix design, which in turn allows it to be situated closer to buildings and on towers. It has a £25,000 price …

Electric Bikes For Commuters

2011 Kona Electric Ute Cargo Bike

The New York Times recently featured an article about people using electric bikes for commuting to work. They recommend spending about $2000 for a good electric bike. You’ll get a range of 20-50 miles with these bikes, and this can obviously be extended with pedal power. Some notable electric bikes shops are Electric Bikes Northwest and NYCEWheels. The bike pictured …

High Speed Trains For The U.S.

We are exchanging post with the Ecotality blog today. This post looks at Europe’s expanding high speed rail systems: While America’s leaders fiddle around and our rail seems to go down in flames, Europe is strengthening its rail system. Two interrelated items to consider: High-Speed Trains are expanding in Europe and are cutting travel times, and European train systems are …

Aerorider: A Sporty Electric Trike

From Amsterdam comes this sleek and aerodynamic electric trike. The Aerorider is a fully enclosed (and ventilated) semi-recumbent trike that comes an electric-assist drive. It has a 28 mph cruise speed, and the ability to overcome hills without breaking into a sweat. The single bucket seat supports your entire body placing you in a position to comfortably focus on pedaling. …

The “iO-X 750″ Electric Bicycle

The iO-X is a cruiser-style electric bike. It uses the power and torque of the WaveCrest adaptive motor, which harnesses regenerative braking power. It has two power modes. In economy mode, it runs at a 20 mph speed limit and full regenerative capabilities. A quick switch to X TURBO provides speeds of up to 25 mph unassisted and increased hill …

Efficient Fan Used to Cool Boating Dog

If you look closely you can see a dog being cooled by this Endless Breeze fan. These portable 12V fans plug into a cigarette-lighter style plug. They only draw 2.58 Amps when on high speed. See more info here. They are available from Amazon for $60. Thanks for the photo Brenda.

New Hydrodynamic Surfboard Fin

The H-2 is an advanced surfboard fin, that is designed for hydrodynamic efficiency, and better speed and manoeuvrability of surfboards. It features a specially-designed fin geometry and is constructed with an ultralight, flexible material. It was designed by Surf Hardware, and was awarded the 2005 Australian Design Award. Yanko Design has more information. They also have many other intriguing products …