At the beginning of the month we shared a story on how Hong Kong is going electric. Now we’re following up with some fantastic pictures of their new Brammo police bikes. Check them out and tell us what you think by commenting below or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.
Before we give you some of these numbers, keep in mind that Hong Kong is only 426 square miles in total. With that said, Hong Kong has recently upped it’s game when it comes to electric vehicles and charging stations. Brammo is one the first companies to take advantage of this movement and has already sold a number of bikes to their police force. The number of EV’s (Electric Vehicles) being sold in the country has grown as well. This is surprising considering the size of the territory.
There are currently 310 EV’s riding around in Hong Kong. Just a year ago there was only 74. The government has 33 EV’s with another 43 arriving in the coming months. They will also be ordering another 140 by the end of the year.
A few private companies along with the government had already installed 500 charging stations and there will be 1000 by the end of June. This is a very big move for the country and it’s effort to reduce pollution levels.
We’re excited about the EV movement and look forward to big changes like these to be implemented in more areas around the United States. How do you feel about EV’s? Comment below with your thoughts or join the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
This scooter looks fit enough for Batman but in actuality, it’s made for people with a little less extravagant taste in transportation. Though it looks like it could protect the Dark Knight during the craziest of high-speed pursuits, it’s really designed to protect the environment.
The armadillo like shell you see in the picture is filled solar panels. Designed for city dwellers, the scooter has a range of 12 miles and reach speeds of 30 miles per hour.
The bike is currently a concept but Barcelona-based design firm, Guimeraicinca, may have come up with a breakthrough idea for powering electric scooters. This retractable shell allows for maximum exposure to the sun, resulting in quick and efficient charging. For now, this seems like a great option while we wait for EV stations to become more common.
In the past we have written many stories about electric bikes and cars. A common response we receive has to do with the anxiety drivers have over the range of these vehicles. In general, electric transportation does have a much lower range than hybrids or gas powered transportation. Though most of you understand the benefit of electric transportation, the fear of being stranded on the road due to no power is an experience we all want to avoid. It’s understood that society will start warming up to EVs once there are more charging stations available around the country. There are many companies which are working on this but now AAA has jumped on the bandwagon.
AAA has announced that they will be opening their special services to EV users. Their trucks will be equipped with big batteries, slow and fast chargers which are lithium-ion and liquid fueled. They will be servicing EV users on the highways providing them with 3 to 15 miles of driving range. This should be enough to get the drivers to the next charging station.
Initially, there are six metropolitan areas which will be getting this service. These areas are San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Knoxville, Tennessee, Tampa Bay and Portland, Oregon. John Neilsen, AAA Director of Auto Repair, Buying Services and Consumer Information, anticipates expanding the program very soon. This is very positive news for those of us which are considering to be AAA members.
As environmental awareness continues to become more mainstream, more electric concepts hit the market on a regular basis. When we ran into the Dutch made, Orphir Electric Scooter, we were really impressed with the all around design. It looks like something out of the Back to the Future trilogy. Backed by five batteries, this sleek scooter can reach a top speed of 120 kph and cover a distance on 100km on a full charge. That is pretty average in comparison to the other electric scooters we have liked but the design elements of the Orphir had us at hello.
Let’s cut to the chase. We want this. We want it bad. And we’re betting you do too.
When we heard BPG Motors was finally accepting pre-orders on their new UNO III Electric Scooter, we just had to share the news. This adaptable little guy actually morphs from a tri-wheeler to a “standing” dicycle; best of all, the magic switch can happen while in motion, if desired. (Insert Homer Simpson-inspired drool here.)