The 10 most innovative electric bikes in the world
From the Tesla Model 3 to a possible Apple car, electric cars are all the rage these days.
But cars aren't the only electric vehicles people around the world are embracing: Increased fuel prices and growing urbanization have spurred the demand for electric bikes, or e-bikes.
Global e-bike sales are expected to grow from 32 million in 2014 to at least 40 million in 2023, according to Navigant Research.
To meet the growing demand, startups — as well as traditional automakers — are rolling out electric bikes as an alternative form of transport. Electric bikes are just like normal bicycles, but they are equipped with an electric motor so you don’t always have to pedal.
Many of these new e-bikes also include new innovative features, like the ability to connect to your smartphone via an app.
Here's a look at 10 of the most impressive e-bikes that have been revealed recently.
The Gi FlyBike has its own app, automatic locking, and phone charger. It can also instantly fold in half.
While you can ride it like a normal bike, it also has an “electric flight assistance” feature, which enables the rider to tap the bike’s electric motor to travel 15 miles per hour with a range of 40 miles with a single charge.
It even has a USB port where users can charge their smartphones with the power the generate by pedaling.
Pre-orders are available on the company's website. The bike costs around $2,300 and is expected to be delivered in March 2017.
The OKO electric bike can travel 25 miles on a single charge.Facebook/Biomega
The OKO is one of the most stylish e-bikes to launch this year.
The bike, which was designed by the Dutch company Biomega, is about 40 pounds, has an aluminum handlebar, and is made of the same material as Formula 1 race cars.
While the most e-bikes have their motors located in the back of the bike, the OKO's motor is in the center of the frame, allowing for more the weight to be distributed more evenly.
The bike is currently available for pre-order and will set you back about $2,300. The white version of the bike is expected to be delivered in November 2016 and the silver version is expected to ship in January 2017.
The Otocycle RacerR features a five level LCD to help monitor battery power and bike performance.Facebook/Otocycle
The Barcelona-based bike company Otocycle launched its RaceR e-bike, which is partly made of recycled material.
The bike has a larger front light than normal, allowing for improved visibility (and motorbike-like appeal), as well as an LCD screen to show the rider the bikes battery level as well as performance.
RaceR can travel at 15 miles per hour and travel a little more than 40 miles on a single charge with pedal assistance.