Electric Bikes - Nice article on new Panasonic "hybrid" bike
Bikeforums.net is a forum about nothing but bikes. Our community can help you find information about hard-to-find and localized information like bicycle tours, specialties like where in your area to have your recumbent bike serviced, or what are the best bicycle tires and seats for the activities you use your bike for.
07-31-08, 09:17 PM
As the article states, the bike goes on sale in Japan on August 20th.
Not sure why they are calling it a "hybrid" as it is all-electric, with regenerative braking.
07-31-08, 10:41 PM
I'm glad you posted that - had seen this press release the past few days but kept forgetting to post it here.
Not much of a regen fan but if anybody could pull it off, I have to think Panasonic might have a shot? Clever that they kept the generator out of the drive unit.
Their eBikes are really good - I have an older NiMh and it's a smooth, sweet, efficient drive. Nothing else quite like it in the industry. Giant made a few models with the Panasonic drive and I don't think their owners will give them up.
I consider any bicycle with an electric or oil burning motor hybrid. My legs are usually good for a couple hundred watts - couple that to an electric drive train, I call that hybrid.
The questions begs - if you have oil, electric and your legs for power what is that, a Trybrid?
08-02-08, 09:24 PM
Here are other press releases with additional information.
They are claiming a typical range of 113 miles (180km) when in its automatic mode, when it monitors the pedaling effort and applies assistance as needed.
This one has a pic of another bike.
But I like this one because it sounds like the bike weighs 700 pounds
08-02-08, 09:57 PM
Panasonic surely has vast knowledge about eBike control software. My older unit is amazing and can get 5-10 on 3Ah @24Vdc. Throwing a 13AH battery onboard - I've managed 30-40 miles easy. After initial dead start surge from the motor - if it senses that I'm continuing to pedal hard it actually backs the motor assist off. When I pedal lightly and/or unevenly I feel the motor providing more assist than pedaling with a strong, steady, cadence.
I saw that 700 pounds story too and finally realized they were talking currency. LOL... Giant used their stuff for a few years but not any more. Too bad, Panasonic makes a very nice drive. Would love to mod one and get throttle control...
Powered by vBulletin® Version 4.1.12 Copyright © 2013 vBulletin Solutions, Inc. All rights reserved.