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Planned 3.3MW solar parking for Aruba's international airport.
Planned 3.3MW solar parking for Aruba's international airport.

Round 2: E-Bike Shootout

In Round 1 of our E-bike Shootout, the Prodeco Stride 500 walked away with the votes, but now we're back for Round 2 pitting the award-winning Currie E3 Metro against the popular Pedego Beach Cruiser.

The verdict for Round 1 of our 'Help Us Pick An Electric Bike' poll is now in: the Prodeco Stride 500 won the competition, hands down: 39 votes to 10 over the Currie E3 Town. But Larry Pizzi, the president of Currie Technologies, isn't about to give up this easily, specially since their new iZip E3 Metro, pictured below, won iF Design’s 2014 Taipei Cycle Design and Innovation Award.

So, we're going in to Round 2: this time pitting the E3 Metro against another competitor, Don DiConstanza's Pedego Beach Cruiser, a popular electric-assist rental bicycle. Please select which of these two bicycles you think would be better for our ePEDALER rentals.

And while I am on the topic, I wanted to share with you a bit more of the concept we're exploring: our solar-powered "pods." Rather than renting store space, we're planning to renting our e-bikes out of modified shipping containers, surely one of the most versatile structures build by man. To give you a sense of what's possible, I've posted three images below, the first being the architect's concept drawing of the 2011 Solar Decathlon entry from China. Below that is the actual execution. Note the solar panels mounted on top. ePEDALER plans to adopt a similar approach, starting with a single 20 ft container, but expandable as need demands.

E-Bike Shootout: Round 2

Posted By: Bill Moore [15-Feb-2014]

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