Going against the grain - Pedal power - eZee bicycle

2012-05-18 12:22

So you want to ditch cars altogether, but not take the public transport route?

That leaves two wheels as your next choice.

An eZee electric bicycle looks just like any other conventional bike, except the entire exercise is not as painful – just in case you think you won’t make the 15km distance to work on a bike.

South African eZee bike owner James Swift says the bike is fitted with an electric motor, controller and battery.

“It makes cycling more fun and you can choose the level of exercise you desire. You can also get further with more speed.”

And, if you want to keep fit, it can be used as a normal bike.

“It basically works like a low-powered electric motorcycle,” Swift adds. “It doesn’t replace pedalling, but augments human effort to provide a more enjoyable experience. The battery provides the power and the motor turns the wheel to add power to your own efforts.”

You can ride at 25km/h when using the battery and there’s no exhaust pipe to emit harmful emissions. Best of all, it doesn’t use any fuel.

The eZee costs between R10?000 and R15?000, and it’s a lot cheaper to maintain than scooters.

»? eZee bikes are sold at City Cycles, Canal Walk, in Cape Town. For more information, email ezee@ezeebike.co.za

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