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World Car Free Day –  re-thinking our daily commute
Every year we see sustainability-related events like  Sustainable House Day and  Zero Emissions Day  Also we have World Car Free Day. Taking place in September, this event “promotes improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance”. It was established as a global event in 2000, but various projects of similar nature had taken place from time to time since 1956. Similar to Zero Emissions Day, World Car Free Day has set out a challenge: To spend one carefully prepared day without cars. To study and observe closely what exactly goes on during that day. Then, to reflect publicly and collectively on the lessons of this experience and on what might be prudently and creatively done next to build on these. We are going to focus on the last part of this challenge and look at the latest developments in eco-friendly transportation. Making public transport greener Copenhagen is a city with a green mission – the municipality has set a target of switching all of the city’s buses to electric power by 2030. And local operating company Movia is quickly moving towards reaching that goal – they have just announced that 41 new electric buses will join their fleet at once this year 2019. The Netherlands has an even more ambitious goal. Back in 2016, Environment Minister Dijksma has signed an agreement with all transport operators in the country that by 2025 all buses used in public transport should be electric or hydrogen-powered. By then, two of the country’s provinces (Noord-Brabant and Limburg) have already switched completely to electric vehicles and became the drivers behind that agreement. All electricity that powers the buses will be generated completely sustainably by solar panels or wind turbines in the region, lowering the CO2 emissions further. Buses aren’t the only type of public transport that the Dutch are making more sustainable – the trains are quickly becoming greener every year. Holland’s national train company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, became the world’s first railway company to get 100% of the energy needed to power its trains from wind. The company’s new goal is to re-use 75% of their waste by 2020. Trams have long been considered the cleanest form of public transport and the city of Melbourne, Australia is aiming to take it one step further. Back in January 2017, Victorian government has announced the construction of two new solar farms that will power the trams. With transport being the second largest and fastest growing contributor to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, changes like these can make a huge difference and highlight more opportunities for improvement. A small solution to a big problem While making public transport greener is important, it is also crucial to remember that the main challenge is getting the public to wave goodbye to their cars. One of the problems to solve is accessibility – most of the time smaller towns and villages simply do not have good access to public transport and thus living there makes owning a car a necessity rather than a luxury. The City of Candiac in Québec, Canada is currently hosting a long-term demonstration project for an autonomous electric shuttle that is aiming to promote use of public transport in such underserved areas. These shuttles have a capacity of 15 passengers and will run throughout the fall of 2018. Once winter season starts, the project will enter an experimentation phase without passengers to test the shuttle’s performance in winter conditions. This approach sounds very promising and hopefully we will see more similar projects taking place around the world. Other sustainable alternatives to cars Of course mass transit isn’t the only way to reduce the amount of cars on our roads. Malta’s Public Transport has teamed up with Ioscoot to introduce a more eco-friendly alternative to renting a car on the island – electric motorbikes. This initiative is set to become a solution to both carbon footprint and traffic problems. The service allows users to pick up and drop off scooters at designated spots and all they need is to download the app and have a valid moped licence. All of the  scooters have space for 2 passengers and have 2 helmets in different sizes in their storage compartments. Ioscoot is already offering this service in Madrid and Barcelona, where it is already quite successful. It is impossible to write about sustainable car alternatives without mentioning bicycles. More cities are adjusting their roads to include bike paths and are closing off inner cities for cars. Cycling offers many benefits, such as low cost, the ability to avoid traffic and of course it provides the exercise many of us have to time for otherwise. One of the biggest drawbacks of cycling is the question of storage – in some areas bike racks are hard to come by and hallway space is too valuable. And what about those situations where you happen to need your bicycle when you are at work or out with your friends, while it’s locked in front of your house? These reasons are exactly why bike-sharing is becoming incredibly popular. In 2008 there were only 128 bike-sharing services worldwide – today there are more than 1’600! Companies that are traditionally associated with cars – such as Uber and Lyft – are entering that market as well. There are a lot of efforts to make our commutes easier and “greener”, and while some of them are focused on the longer term many solutions are available to us today. So if you haven’t biked since you were in school – World Car Free Day is the perfect opportunity to brush up that skill! Are there any eco-friendly transport initiatives taking place in your area? Tell us all about them in the comments! https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/general
Every year we see sustainability-related events like  Sustainable House Day and  Zero Emissions Day  Also we have World Car Free Day. Taking place in September, this event “promotes improvement of mass transit, cycling and walking, and the development of communities where jobs are closer to home and where shopping is within walking distance”. It was established as a global event in 2000, but various projects of similar nature had taken place from time to time since 1956. Similar to Zero Emissions Day, World Car Free Day has set out a challenge: To spend one carefully prepared day without cars. To study and observe closely what exactly goes on during that day. Then, to reflect publicly and collectively on the lessons of this experience and on what might be prudently and creatively done next to build on these. We are going to focus on the last part of this challenge and look at the latest developments in eco-friendly transportation. Making public transport greener Copenhagen is a city with a green mission – the municipality has set a target of switching all of the city’s buses to electric power by 2030. And local operating company Movia is quickly moving towards reaching that goal – they have just announced that 41 new electric buses will join their fleet at once this year 2019. The Netherlands has an even more ambitious goal. Back in 2016, Environment Minister Dijksma has signed an agreement with all transport operators in the country that by 2025 all buses used in public transport should be electric or hydrogen-powered. By then, two of the country’s provinces (Noord-Brabant and Limburg) have already switched completely to electric vehicles and became the drivers behind that agreement. All electricity that powers the buses will be generated completely sustainably by solar panels or wind turbines in the region, lowering the CO2 emissions further. Buses aren’t the only type of public transport that the Dutch are making more sustainable – the trains are quickly becoming greener every year. Holland’s national train company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, became the world’s first railway company to get 100% of the energy needed to power its trains from wind. The company’s new goal is to re-use 75% of their waste by 2020. Trams have long been considered the cleanest form of public transport and the city of Melbourne, Australia is aiming to take it one step further. Back in January 2017, Victorian government has announced the construction of two new solar farms that will power the trams. With transport being the second largest and fastest growing contributor to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, changes like these can make a huge difference and highlight more opportunities for improvement. A small solution to a big problem While making public transport greener is important, it is also crucial to remember that the main challenge is getting the public to wave goodbye to their cars. One of the problems to solve is accessibility – most of the time smaller towns and villages simply do not have good access to public transport and thus living there makes owning a car a necessity rather than a luxury. The City of Candiac in Québec, Canada is currently hosting a long-term demonstration project for an autonomous electric shuttle that is aiming to promote use of public transport in such underserved areas. These shuttles have a capacity of 15 passengers and will run throughout the fall of 2018. Once winter season starts, the project will enter an experimentation phase without passengers to test the shuttle’s performance in winter conditions. This approach sounds very promising and hopefully we will see more similar projects taking place around the world. Other sustainable alternatives to cars Of course mass transit isn’t the only way to reduce the amount of cars on our roads. Malta’s Public Transport has teamed up with Ioscoot to introduce a more eco-friendly alternative to renting a car on the island – electric motorbikes. This initiative is set to become a solution to both carbon footprint and traffic problems. The service allows users to pick up and drop off scooters at designated spots and all they need is to download the app and have a valid moped licence. All of the  scooters have space for 2 passengers and have 2 helmets in different sizes in their storage compartments. Ioscoot is already offering this service in Madrid and Barcelona, where it is already quite successful. It is impossible to write about sustainable car alternatives without mentioning bicycles. More cities are adjusting their roads to include bike paths and are closing off inner cities for cars. Cycling offers many benefits, such as low cost, the ability to avoid traffic and of course it provides the exercise many of us have to time for otherwise. One of the biggest drawbacks of cycling is the question of storage – in some areas bike racks are hard to come by and hallway space is too valuable. And what about those situations where you happen to need your bicycle when you are at work or out with your friends, while it’s locked in front of your house? These reasons are exactly why bike-sharing is becoming incredibly popular. In 2008 there were only 128 bike-sharing services worldwide – today there are more than 1’600! Companies that are traditionally associated with cars – such as Uber and Lyft – are entering that market as well. There are a lot of efforts to make our commutes easier and “greener”, and while some of them are focused on the longer term many solutions are available to us today. So if you haven’t biked since you were in school – World Car Free Day is the perfect opportunity to brush up that skill! Are there any eco-friendly transport initiatives taking place in your area? Tell us all about them in the comments! https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/general
World Car Free Day –  re-thinking our daily commute
World Car Free Day – re-thinking our daily commute
The EBIQ electric bicycle as sustainable city transport
The EBIQ bicycle is a concept bicycle which is used best in cities for short distances. EBIQ is space efficient. All the components of the bicycle which stick out can be folded down. It’s easy to charge with energy from your  solar panels or if you haven’t with energy out of your socket at home. Image by: Tuvie This concept  bicycle is cleaner than cars or motorcycles and therefore producing much less CO2. But it offers more! As a rider you can charge your laptop or smartphone. The EBIQ bicycle offers even a built in screen at the steering which makes it possible to be connected all the time at your stored laptop, thus to give you the latest necessary information. Image by: Tuvie By:  http://www.tuvie.com/the-ebiq-electric-bike-can-charge-personal-electric-gadgets/ https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/cycling
The EBIQ bicycle is a concept bicycle which is used best in cities for short distances. EBIQ is space efficient. All the components of the bicycle which stick out can be folded down. It’s easy to charge with energy from your  solar panels or if you haven’t with energy out of your socket at home. Image by: Tuvie This concept  bicycle is cleaner than cars or motorcycles and therefore producing much less CO2. But it offers more! As a rider you can charge your laptop or smartphone. The EBIQ bicycle offers even a built in screen at the steering which makes it possible to be connected all the time at your stored laptop, thus to give you the latest necessary information. Image by: Tuvie By:  http://www.tuvie.com/the-ebiq-electric-bike-can-charge-personal-electric-gadgets/ https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/transportation/cycling
The EBIQ electric bicycle as sustainable city transport
The EBIQ electric bicycle as sustainable city transport
Urban Arrow wins Best Urban Bike Award at Eurobike 2018
Smart Urban Mobility frontrunner Urban Arrow has won the Best Urban Bike Award for the Shorty during the EurobikeShow 2018. The jury states: "The perfect cargo bike for delivery services, with the insulated box being suitable for both hot and cold dishes. All in all, the design creates a very sturdy impression." According to the jury the Shorty performs outstanding in the categories Functionality, Workmanship and Added Value.  "We are very pleased winning this year’s Eurobike Award", says CEO and co-founder Jorrit Kreek. "Especially winning it with the Shorty which has been in development for a long time. This really feels like a confirmation we are on the right track. This year the Shorty has had an upgrade to Expended Polypropylene (EPP) with a nice extra touch in the form of a lockable hood."  The Shorty is not only fit for cargo. There are several accessoires available to turn this bike into a family-friendly one. Think about small and big children's seat adapters.  {youtube}
Smart Urban Mobility frontrunner Urban Arrow has won the Best Urban Bike Award for the Shorty during the EurobikeShow 2018. The jury states: "The perfect cargo bike for delivery services, with the insulated box being suitable for both hot and cold dishes. All in all, the design creates a very sturdy impression." According to the jury the Shorty performs outstanding in the categories Functionality, Workmanship and Added Value.  "We are very pleased winning this year’s Eurobike Award", says CEO and co-founder Jorrit Kreek. "Especially winning it with the Shorty which has been in development for a long time. This really feels like a confirmation we are on the right track. This year the Shorty has had an upgrade to Expended Polypropylene (EPP) with a nice extra touch in the form of a lockable hood."  The Shorty is not only fit for cargo. There are several accessoires available to turn this bike into a family-friendly one. Think about small and big children's seat adapters.  {youtube}
Urban Arrow wins Best Urban Bike Award at Eurobike 2018
The Me-Mover brings sustainable transport and training together
New, compact, step-driven vehicle. It's your move! Yesterday (the 20th of May 2018) I walked in a small beach town in the Netherlands (Kijkduin) and I met some representativies from the Me-Mover company; Run on Wheels (Ridderkerk). They had some of these awsome 'bicycles' on display and offered me the oppotunity to try one. It was an amazing experience. A totaly different way of peddeling which not only excists of 'pusing down' with your feet and legs up also to lift the peddals. It takes a little to get used to the carving meganism which makes it possible to lean up to 45 degrees in curves. But after ten minutes the Me-Mover feels if you use it already for years.  It's easy to take it with you in your car or when making a trainride. More info:  info@runonwheelsridderkerk.nl or www.me-mover.com Copenhagen, world cycling capital, is taking a step beyond the bike. Me-Mover – the awesome new way for everyone to ride the city. "...an engaging and highly innovative solution." — Inc "...combines the high-intensity workout offered by a step machine with the zip of a bicycle." — Gizmag “The Me-Mover is a trendy new way to commute or just enjoy the environment around you.” — Desire This "Me-Movers are awesome!" — TripAdvisor Photo by: Josee Hoogenboom A step machine on wheels, Me-Mover takes just minutes to learn, and to delight in the advantages: better ergonomics and posture, visibility, steering and exercise. Our unique, balanced three-wheeled design offers an entirely new way to ride, standing and stepping in an easy, natural manner. At any pace you choose – walking, jogging or biking speeds – you'll enjoy improved control, balance and visibility.  This Danish design breakthrough is, quite simply, the first set of wheels designed for all the ways we move in cities, from busy streets and park trails to flea markets and bike lanes. The Me-Mover isn't just a new human-powered vehicle, it's an entirely new category, bringing together remarkable advances in personal transport and training – for commuters and casual riders, tourists and triathletes. Who it’s from, who it’s for Our team of engineers and architects developed the Me-Mover in Copenhagen. For urban mobility, you won't find a better testing ground, or a population more savvy and critical about pedal power and design sophistication. It's only now, after five years of proving ourselves in Denmark, that we're bringing Me-Mover to the world. Photo by: Hans van der Broek For Kickstarters, this is where the fun begins – you've never enjoyed your ride, or your city, like this before: Walkers — Go further, and see more, on the Me-Mover. Runners — All the benefits of jogging, but with enhanced core training and without the impact. Cyclists — Better ergonomics and posture, visibility, steering and exercise. Skiers — Carve your turns and stay fit year round. How it works, how it’s different Cars and bikes are brilliant, but to get moving in the city, this new category has outstanding advantages. That's because Me-Movers are: Smaller — A triumph of compact design and agile steering, Me-Mover can glide around obstacles and safely navigate in crowds. No parking? No problem. It folds in seconds to a remarkable 18 by 13- inch (43 by 13 cm) footprint. Stronger — From gentle exercise to intense interval training, Me-Mover brings a full-body workout anywhere, anytime, at any intensity you want. Heading to the store? On the Me-Mover, you choose the pace, from an effortless stroll to full-on cardio exercise. Safer — Ride the Me-Mover in your natural, standing position. Not only does this strengthen posture, it puts you a full head height above everyone else, seeing further, riding safer. Me-Mover's unique three-wheel design is so stable that you never have to dismount, even at stop lights. Perfect for sight-seeing! Simpler — Easy to learn and use, the Me-Mover is also a breeze to maintain. The advanced, multi-speed transmission is neatly sealed away, and can be serviced by any bike shop. Sustainable — Transit choices are usually made in one split second, for one reason: convenience. That's why the Me-Mover is so green. Small, safe and simple, it's easy to take with you everywhere. When personal transit is this handy, it becomes second nature to burn calories instead of fuel. Seamless — Whether navigating a crowded shopping street, racing to work, or browsing a farmer's market, the Me-Mover is a joy to ride at any speed, flowing perfectly with the city, and your active lifestyle. How does it look? With no worries, you get around in different situations. Carving mechanism, lets the Me-Mover lean up to 45 degrees in curves. The future Unlike makers of bikes, cars (and smart phones and...) we don't believe this year's model should make last year's obsolete. That's why Me-Mover is designed as a modular system. If you get excited by the new options we're developing - an electric motor, a cargo loader, and more – you don't need a new Me-Mover. Simply buy the components you want, and upgrade your current model. The cargo-bike add-on: enables users to haul up to 35 kg (75 lbs) of cargo, such as a dog or groceries, in the foldable front loader. The electrical add-on: the electrical support lets you travel longer and faster than ever before! It will also be beneficial to those who want to build a new healthy habit, but need a push to get started. The quick-folding handle: with this easy to use folding handle, your Me-Mover will be collapsible in only one second – handy for boarding trains or busses when in transit! About us Here in Scandinavia, the idea of a sustainable life is as much about people as it is about the planet. One central part of being green, we believe, is outwitting the obstacles that keep people from being active and physical. We love the kind of interconnected world that grows when people can easily travel - not in cars but under their own power - between family and friends, school and shopping, work and play. Me-Mover is all about bringing this active Scandinavian lifestyle to the world. By: Kickstarter, Me-Mover
New, compact, step-driven vehicle. It's your move! Yesterday (the 20th of May 2018) I walked in a small beach town in the Netherlands (Kijkduin) and I met some representativies from the Me-Mover company; Run on Wheels (Ridderkerk). They had some of these awsome 'bicycles' on display and offered me the oppotunity to try one. It was an amazing experience. A totaly different way of peddeling which not only excists of 'pusing down' with your feet and legs up also to lift the peddals. It takes a little to get used to the carving meganism which makes it possible to lean up to 45 degrees in curves. But after ten minutes the Me-Mover feels if you use it already for years.  It's easy to take it with you in your car or when making a trainride. More info:  info@runonwheelsridderkerk.nl or www.me-mover.com Copenhagen, world cycling capital, is taking a step beyond the bike. Me-Mover – the awesome new way for everyone to ride the city. "...an engaging and highly innovative solution." — Inc "...combines the high-intensity workout offered by a step machine with the zip of a bicycle." — Gizmag “The Me-Mover is a trendy new way to commute or just enjoy the environment around you.” — Desire This "Me-Movers are awesome!" — TripAdvisor Photo by: Josee Hoogenboom A step machine on wheels, Me-Mover takes just minutes to learn, and to delight in the advantages: better ergonomics and posture, visibility, steering and exercise. Our unique, balanced three-wheeled design offers an entirely new way to ride, standing and stepping in an easy, natural manner. At any pace you choose – walking, jogging or biking speeds – you'll enjoy improved control, balance and visibility.  This Danish design breakthrough is, quite simply, the first set of wheels designed for all the ways we move in cities, from busy streets and park trails to flea markets and bike lanes. The Me-Mover isn't just a new human-powered vehicle, it's an entirely new category, bringing together remarkable advances in personal transport and training – for commuters and casual riders, tourists and triathletes. Who it’s from, who it’s for Our team of engineers and architects developed the Me-Mover in Copenhagen. For urban mobility, you won't find a better testing ground, or a population more savvy and critical about pedal power and design sophistication. It's only now, after five years of proving ourselves in Denmark, that we're bringing Me-Mover to the world. Photo by: Hans van der Broek For Kickstarters, this is where the fun begins – you've never enjoyed your ride, or your city, like this before: Walkers — Go further, and see more, on the Me-Mover. Runners — All the benefits of jogging, but with enhanced core training and without the impact. Cyclists — Better ergonomics and posture, visibility, steering and exercise. Skiers — Carve your turns and stay fit year round. How it works, how it’s different Cars and bikes are brilliant, but to get moving in the city, this new category has outstanding advantages. That's because Me-Movers are: Smaller — A triumph of compact design and agile steering, Me-Mover can glide around obstacles and safely navigate in crowds. No parking? No problem. It folds in seconds to a remarkable 18 by 13- inch (43 by 13 cm) footprint. Stronger — From gentle exercise to intense interval training, Me-Mover brings a full-body workout anywhere, anytime, at any intensity you want. Heading to the store? On the Me-Mover, you choose the pace, from an effortless stroll to full-on cardio exercise. Safer — Ride the Me-Mover in your natural, standing position. Not only does this strengthen posture, it puts you a full head height above everyone else, seeing further, riding safer. Me-Mover's unique three-wheel design is so stable that you never have to dismount, even at stop lights. Perfect for sight-seeing! Simpler — Easy to learn and use, the Me-Mover is also a breeze to maintain. The advanced, multi-speed transmission is neatly sealed away, and can be serviced by any bike shop. Sustainable — Transit choices are usually made in one split second, for one reason: convenience. That's why the Me-Mover is so green. Small, safe and simple, it's easy to take with you everywhere. When personal transit is this handy, it becomes second nature to burn calories instead of fuel. Seamless — Whether navigating a crowded shopping street, racing to work, or browsing a farmer's market, the Me-Mover is a joy to ride at any speed, flowing perfectly with the city, and your active lifestyle. How does it look? With no worries, you get around in different situations. Carving mechanism, lets the Me-Mover lean up to 45 degrees in curves. The future Unlike makers of bikes, cars (and smart phones and...) we don't believe this year's model should make last year's obsolete. That's why Me-Mover is designed as a modular system. If you get excited by the new options we're developing - an electric motor, a cargo loader, and more – you don't need a new Me-Mover. Simply buy the components you want, and upgrade your current model. The cargo-bike add-on: enables users to haul up to 35 kg (75 lbs) of cargo, such as a dog or groceries, in the foldable front loader. The electrical add-on: the electrical support lets you travel longer and faster than ever before! It will also be beneficial to those who want to build a new healthy habit, but need a push to get started. The quick-folding handle: with this easy to use folding handle, your Me-Mover will be collapsible in only one second – handy for boarding trains or busses when in transit! About us Here in Scandinavia, the idea of a sustainable life is as much about people as it is about the planet. One central part of being green, we believe, is outwitting the obstacles that keep people from being active and physical. We love the kind of interconnected world that grows when people can easily travel - not in cars but under their own power - between family and friends, school and shopping, work and play. Me-Mover is all about bringing this active Scandinavian lifestyle to the world. By: Kickstarter, Me-Mover
The Me-Mover brings sustainable transport and training together
The Me-Mover brings sustainable transport and training together
Electric/pedal
Commuting to work and getting a workout at the same time I'm a big fan of the Organic Transit ELF—a pedal electric hybrid that Lloyd believes could replace a car for a lot of people. But every time we write about it, somebody comments that it's simply too expensive and/or it shouldn't be allowed on bike lanes. I can only imagine what people are going to say about Kronfeld Motors' RAHT racer. Here's the basics It's primarily an electric vehicle, but with a pedal function that you can use to get a  workout and/or recharge the battery (a bit!) and/or get a workout. The makers claim it can hit 140 kmh, and once it hits production will be highway legal. It has a range of 190 km city driving, and 115 km at highway speeds. About the pedal aspect. It's likely to add 5-10% in terms of range if you're working hard. The production version will have room for a passenger and/or luggage, and significant        improvements in terms of safety. It's currently listed at $24,000, and you can pre-order it with a $500 deposit. Let the fighting in the comments begin Alright, let the fighting in the comments begin. But wait—before we all get into the usual "rich man's toy" versus "best idea ever" debate, let's remember something: Just because it's not a vehicle that you would drive doesn't mean there isn't a sensible market for it. While it's true that you could now get a 350-km range, four seat electric car for not that much more. And folks have been waiting a long time for their not-dissimilar-looking gas-powered Elios. But this is clearly being marketed to people who enjoy the experience of cycling but need to get places faster and/or like the idea of commuting to work and getting a workout at the same time. And I can see the appeal in that. I, for one, can't imagine myself springing for something like this. I've already established that I can get pretty far, pretty fast on a regular e-bike, and I can go far further than I ever really should have in my used Nissan Leaf. But I do think this would be a blast to ride in. And I can think of people who would totally prefer this over either a motorcycle commute or stooping to the conventionality of a regular car. I wish Kronfeld Motors all the luck in the world. Who knows, with rising gas prices they may not even need it. Now, please be nice in the comments. By: Sami Grover, Treehugger
Commuting to work and getting a workout at the same time I'm a big fan of the Organic Transit ELF—a pedal electric hybrid that Lloyd believes could replace a car for a lot of people. But every time we write about it, somebody comments that it's simply too expensive and/or it shouldn't be allowed on bike lanes. I can only imagine what people are going to say about Kronfeld Motors' RAHT racer. Here's the basics It's primarily an electric vehicle, but with a pedal function that you can use to get a  workout and/or recharge the battery (a bit!) and/or get a workout. The makers claim it can hit 140 kmh, and once it hits production will be highway legal. It has a range of 190 km city driving, and 115 km at highway speeds. About the pedal aspect. It's likely to add 5-10% in terms of range if you're working hard. The production version will have room for a passenger and/or luggage, and significant        improvements in terms of safety. It's currently listed at $24,000, and you can pre-order it with a $500 deposit. Let the fighting in the comments begin Alright, let the fighting in the comments begin. But wait—before we all get into the usual "rich man's toy" versus "best idea ever" debate, let's remember something: Just because it's not a vehicle that you would drive doesn't mean there isn't a sensible market for it. While it's true that you could now get a 350-km range, four seat electric car for not that much more. And folks have been waiting a long time for their not-dissimilar-looking gas-powered Elios. But this is clearly being marketed to people who enjoy the experience of cycling but need to get places faster and/or like the idea of commuting to work and getting a workout at the same time. And I can see the appeal in that. I, for one, can't imagine myself springing for something like this. I've already established that I can get pretty far, pretty fast on a regular e-bike, and I can go far further than I ever really should have in my used Nissan Leaf. But I do think this would be a blast to ride in. And I can think of people who would totally prefer this over either a motorcycle commute or stooping to the conventionality of a regular car. I wish Kronfeld Motors all the luck in the world. Who knows, with rising gas prices they may not even need it. Now, please be nice in the comments. By: Sami Grover, Treehugger
Electric/pedal
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Easy transportation of goods is one of the backbones of our modern society. Unfortunately a lot of energy is involved in getter your goods from A to B. In these articles we try to tell you all about carbon neutral fuel and other sustainable efforts to move goods around the world.

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