G-Drive ZM electric bicycle evaluate: 1,300W electric moped cruising!

The G-Power ZM electric bicycle is one of those people e-bikes that borrows closely from motorbike styling although sustaining its road-legal status as an electric powered bicycle. But the motorbike influence does not just operate skin deep it’s also got a strong journey to match.

G-Pressure ZM tech specs

  • Motor: 750W geared rear hub motor
  • Best velocity: 28 mph (45 km/h)
  • Variety: Claimed 60-80 miles (96-128 km)
  • Battery: 48V 20Ah (960 Wh)
  • Weight: 85 lbs . (38.5 kg)
  • Max load: 400 pounds (181 kg)
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes, 160mm rotors
  • Extras: 7-speed Shimano drivetrain, substantial colour Liquid crystal display, LED headlight and tail gentle, 50 %-twist throttle, detachable battery, padded bench seat with room for next passenger, fenders, kickstand, mag wheels

G-Power ZM online video overview

Want to enjoy me just take this e-bike on a series of check rides? Examine out my video evaluate below!

Rides like a modest-structure electric motorcycle

All the things about the G-Drive ZM screams moto, not bike.

I’d simply call it a quite true-to-variety electrical moped, even if it technically suits into the e-bike classification.

Of course, it’s a class 3 e-bicycle in the US, but it rides extra like a moped that has vestigial pedals for resting your toes. You could pedal it in the event of a lifeless battery, but the 85-pound (38-kg) bicycle isn’t going to be a pleasure to pedal at anything much more than all-around 4-5 mph (8 km/h). And lord assistance you if there’s even a tiny uphill part on your pedal trip back dwelling.

But with the selection for a 48V and 20Ah battery (or a more compact 13Ah battery if you want to help save some hard cash), you ought to have lots of selection for a day trip. And given that the $1,899 entry-stage model with the 13Ah battery is only $100 less costly than the 20Ah model, I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t want to shell out that more Benjamin to get 50% a lot more assortment.

g-force zm electric bike

In addition to respectable variety, the G-Force ZM is also speedy and peppy with a 28 mph (45 km/h) major speed. The 750W Bafang motor is actually putting out closer to 1,300 watts of peak electric power, and the bicycle has superior acceleration less than my 150-pound (68-kg) load.

The twin suspension setup can make for a at ease ride, however I do not know how the suspension would fare below the max 400-pound (181-kg) fat rating (or if the acceleration would be approximately as peppy).

The 110mm-journey suspension fork is adjustable, but the rear suspension is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get type of predicament. It’s fine for me and tends to make for a fantastic ride, but it’s not exactly heading to handle a downhill mountain bike path. Speed bumps are a minimal additional its pace.

Which also begs the issue, why did they give the bicycle knobby tires? The four-inch unwanted fat tires in a 20-inch diameter size are wonderful for street using, apart from that the knobbies

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A fun fat-tire electric utility bike

The Himiway Big Dog is a new “cargo” bike from Himiway, a popular electric bike brand that has expanded its product line considerably over the last year. While I’m not sure this bike qualifies as a true cargo bike by most definitions, it’s definitely a fun little utility e-bike that cruises more like a mini-moped.

Himiway Big Dog tech specs

  • Motor: 750W 86Nm rear hub motor
  • Top speed: 40 km/h (25 mph) after unlocking
  • Range: Claimed up to 130 km (80 mi)
  • Battery: 48 V 20 Ah (960 Wh)
  • Weight: 36 kg (79 lb)
  • Max load: 181 kg (400 lb)
  • Frame: 6061 aluminum
  • Suspension: Front suspension fork
  • Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes on 180 mm rotors
  • Tires: 20″ x 4″ Kenda fat tires
  • Extras: LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, tripmeter, front and rear LED lights, half-twist throttle, includes rear rack (wooden) and front/rear fenders, center kick stand, front of bike has mount for optional rack
  • Price: $1,999 (or $200 off with code BF200 for Black Friday) or $1,799 on Amazon

Himiway Big Dog video review

My wife and I had a blast testing out a pair of Himiway Big Dogs on a recent trip to Vermont, where we soaked up the fall weather and enjoyed cruising on powerful electric two-wheelers.

Check out our experience in the video below:

Fun, powerful, and comfortable too!

We only had the bikes for a couple days, so I wasn’t able to do as in-depth testing as I normally do, but even in just a few days we still got to really enjoy these e-bikes and get a sense of what they’re made of. And while these aren’t high-end e-bikes like fancy $4,000 electric cargo bike options, there’s a lot to like.

Sure, there are pros and cons to the Himiway Big Dog just like most e-bikes. But there are enough of the former to outweigh the latter in most cases.

Let’s get those downsides out of the way first. The bike is quite heavy, weighing in at a hefty 79 pounds (36 kg). And it’s not just they’re heavy — the bike is also bulky. I only had to carry the two Himiway Big Dogs up three or four steps each day, but it was a doozy. The bikes are fairly long and the big hub motor puts that weight quite rearward. It’s doable, but it’s not at all like picking up a smaller e-bike.

himiway big dog e-bike

Next, the pedal assist is quite surge-y. I’m not sure if that’s the best word to describe it, but it really comes on with quite a surge of power.

In fact, that’s why I consider these to be more of a moped-style e-bike. With that hand throttle at the ready and plenty of power on tap, it’s hard to fight the temptation to ride them like a moped where the pedals are largely for resting your feet.

If you do want to pedal, you certainly can. But

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HOVSCO HovBeta 20″ Foldable Fat Tire electric bike review – a truly excellent foldable ebike

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REVIEW – I’ve been riding electric motorcycles and more recently ebikes for almost a decade now. I love electric bikes, especially as a way to get around town quickly and efficiently while still offering the opportunity to get a good workout when I want. We’ve been looking for a while to get a good second ebike for my partner so we can ride together, and the HOVSCO HovBeta 20″ Foldable Fat Tire electric bike looked like the perfect one for her. Even if HOVSCO hadn’t been sending me one to review, if I’d heard about them I’d have likely selected this one to meet our needs after researching the different models on the market today. Many of the more portable folding bikes look like clown bikes to me, with tiny wheels and usually no front or rear shocks, which look like they’d be rather painful on anything but perfectly smooth terrain. In the suburban jungle we usually ride around, larger tires and some shock absorption are necessary.

What is it?

The HOVSCO HovBeta 20″ Foldable Fat Tire electric bike is an electric bike with a step-through frame form factor, with fat tire wheels. This particular ebike allows you to ride with no electric motor assistance, or with a throttle pushed down and no pedaling, or with “pedal assist” where the motor combines with the rider’s efforts to propel the bike forward. You can either treat this like a scooter/moped style vehicle and just throttle all over town, or you can treat it like a regular bicycle and get to places faster with less (or no) sweat.

What’s in the box?

  • HOVSCO HovBeta 20″ Foldable Fat Tire electric bike
  • AC wall charger
  • Installation tool kit
  • 2 year warranty on the frame, motor, and battery, 30-90 days on other parts.

Hardware specs

  • 750 W (1032 W peak), 85 Nm. torque SUTTO (sub branch of Bafang) motor
  • 720 Wh, 48 V, 15 Ah Samsung/LG Lithium-ion battery with built in light
  • Up to 60 Miles range, 4 hours charge from empty
  • Suggested rider height: 4’11” to 6’3″
  • Max weight: 450 Lbs
  • Max hill climb assist: 40 degrees
  • Torque Sensor pedal assist
  • Class 1 ebike out of the box, Class 2/3 unlocked via smartphone app
  • Max speed throttle-only: 20 mph
  • Max speed pedal-assist: 28 mph
  • LCD digital display
  • Frame: 6061 Aluminum alloy with internal battery
  • Weight: 66.4 lbs
  • Dimensions Unfolded (with handlebars in lowest position): 66.92″ long x 48.82″ tall x 24.61″
  • Dimensions Folded:

Design and features

For a relatively new bike company (founded in 2019, headquartered in Ontario CA), HOVSCO has put out a bike that feels on par or better than bikes I’ve ridden or owned from market leaders like Rad Power. I couldn’t find any fit or finish flaws worth writing about, and while I’m not an expert on every bike component out there I’ve ridden

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2023 Zero DSR/X Review [Electric Adventure Motorcycle]

The call of the great outdoors is strong these days, especially in a motorcycle market embracing all things adventure. Offerings run the gamut from off-road-focused ADV sluggers to ADV-styled touring steeds, which isn’t lost on Northern California-based Zero Motorcycles, releasing its virtually all-new 2023 Zero DSR/X into the wild.Zero’s electric ADV isn’t a spruced-up version of the dual-sport positioned DSR, despite the similar branding. The 2023 DSR/X is freshly engineered, boasting a unique steel-trellis chassis, leggier suspension, and geometry to facilitate excursions off the beaten path. Meanwhile, the updated Z-Force 75-10X is the brand’s mightiest electric motor, powered by its highest capacity lithium-ion 17.3 kWh battery.2023 Zero DSR/X Review: Adventure MotorcycleIf wilderness exploration is what you’re after, then there are few better backdrops than Park City, Utah. Resting at the foot of the Wasatch Mountain Range, outdoorsy individuals revel in the myriad of ski slopes, hiking, and biking trails year-round.

The Electric Elephant in The Room: Range and Charging 

Topsy-turvy as it is to begin with stodgy mileage matters, chatter regarding range and charging enter the electric vehicle conversation at about the same speed as politics during holiday dinners. Add in the off-the-grid nature of ADV riding, and, naturally, there will be questions.Zero claims its latest 17.3 kWh battery is good for 180 city miles, 85 highway miles at a sustained 70 mph, and the combined range is 115 miles. Adding the optional Power Tank ($2895) bumps the maximum battery capacity to 20.9 kWh and boosts range by 20 percent. Applying that 20 percent does increase distance, but it comes at a premium price and adds weight up high where the unit occupies the 7.4-gallon frunk’s space.The Silicon Valley brand says that pure off-road ranges can grow to a whopping 200 miles or 13 hours when babied and, 155 miles or 5 hours of ADV-saddle time while running at a realistic clip. According to Zero, lower average speeds managed on the trail net the largest increase. There is a hitch to this plan, unfortunately, as trailheads usually don’t have EV charging stations, so you’ll need to factor in the ride there.Vying for importance in this chat is charging time, and, on that note, Zero states that plugging the 2023 DSR/X’s onboard 6.6 kWh charger into a standard socket will take drained batteries to 95 percent in 10 hours. A Level 2 charger significantly reduces the waiting game to two hours. You can double your charging abilities by installing the accessory Rapid Charger module ($2300), which shortens recharge times to an hour. The latter scenario isn’t bad if you’re replenishing yourself as well. Word to the wise: The Power Tank and Rapid Charger can’t be used simultaneously, so you have to choose between extended range and faster charging—you can’t have both.Manufacturer mileage claims need to be taken with not a grain, but a healthy pinch of salt, whether we’re talking EVs or internal combustion engines (ICE). When our varied 55+ mile testing route concluded, a highway sprint, winding mountain pass, and groomed fire road

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Hummingbird Folding Electric Flax Bike Review

A typical e-bike is heavy: somewhere in the region of 30lb-55lb (15kg-25kg). It’s understandable given you have to integrate a motor and battery to create the best electric bikes, but the weight makes it difficult to manoeuvre when you’re out of the saddle. It’s more of a problem for a folding e-bike when portability is even more important. The best folding bikes tend to come at a premium price because the folding mechanism is harder to design and manufacture than a standard frame, but in return you should be able to carry it around shops and on public transport easily, and into your home to store.

After reviewing six folding e-bikes, I’ve tended to favour the ones that can be wheeled because that bypasses the weight issue. Hummingbird, however, solves it by being lighter than any others – including many electric road bikes – at a weight of 22.7lb (10.3kg).

Hummingbird manufactures exceptionally light bikes to begin with. The brand’s electric bikes also use an all-in-one battery and rear wheel-mounted motor from Zehus. At 7lb (3.2kg), the whole kit is only marginally heavier than the Brompton Electric’s 6.4lb (2.9kg) battery.

Hummingbird even offers a more sustainable Flax range of folding bikes and e-bikes, with the frame made from flax plant fibres. The material has been developed by motorsports engineering company Prodrive, which is also behind Hummingbird, and it is supposed to have remarkably similar properties to carbon fibre. There’s a carbon-fibre Hummingbird of an identical weight and price to the Flax version.

It’s all very impressive, but also very expensive, as innovative things often are.

Hummingbird Folding Electric Flax Bike, detail of flax frame

The frame of the Hummingbird is made from plant fibres. (Image credit: Jonathan Shannon / Future)

Hummingbird Folding Electric Flax: Price And Availability

The Electric Flax bike is available from Hummingbird (opens in new tab) for £4,995 and delivery times are currently two to four weeks. The bike is available to buy using Splitit, a 0% interest credit service that divides payment into three instalments. If you don’t reside in the UK you can buy it for £4,162.50 – the price with VAT at 20% knocked off. 

The full price is £500 more than Hummingbird’s entry-level folding electric bike, which weighs the same and has the same features. It’s also the most expensive folding e-bike I’ve tried. It’s closest competitors are the Brompton Electric P Line ($4,700-$4,810/£3,695-£3,775, 34.4lb/15.6 kg) and Gocycle G4 (£3,299, 17.6kg/38.8 lbs), but you can also find usable options for much less like the the Furo X ($2,399/£1,799, 33lb/15kg).

How I Tested This Bike

I had the Hummingbird for a week and used it for a trip to a supermarket, to drop off a parcel and two cycle commutes for a total of around 37 miles (59km). Unfortunately, I was directed to use an outdated version of the app, but I did squeeze in a 3km ride to test the remote control and regenerative braking feature.

The Fold

Hummingbird Folding Electric Flax Bike folded in carry case

The folded Hummingbird in its carry case (Image credit: Jonathan Shannon / Future)

Folding

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Autonomy Electric Vehicle Subscriptions Now Out there on J.D. Ability Site

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(Organization WIRE)–Autonomy™, the nation’s greatest electrical auto subscription company, is now providing access to its services on J.D. Power’s customer website, JDPower.com. J.D. Power is a worldwide leader in information analytics and consumer intelligence and a vital spot for buyers browsing for information and facts on their up coming auto.

“J.D. Electrical power is one particular of the most trusted world-wide manufacturers by equally people and the automotive marketplace,” stated Scott Painter, founder and CEO of Autonomy. “Presenting Autonomy’s EV membership support on JDPower.com opens up an important new channel to obtain an EV, just one that does not have to have extensive-term financial debt or very long-phrase commitments and can be finished digitally by means of a smartphone.”

Now, consumers browsing for a automobile on JDPower.com will be equipped to master much more about EV subscriptions by clicking on an Autonomy advertisement on the internet site. The Autonomy company is currently available in California and is gearing up for growth to other regions of the state.

“New-car or truck subscriptions, which have emerged as an attention-grabbing choice for people searching for a little something other than a order or a lease, depict a new frontier in automotive retailing,” stated Dave Habiger, president and CEO at J.D. Power. “Subscriptions are prevalent in several other parts of our life, so it only can make perception that we would offer you access to this new channel on our internet site, which is an critical resource of buyer details on not only the latest motor vehicles, but also important traits in the market.”

“This is why people today visit JDPower.com they’re striving to obtain the most recent, most reputable facts available when obtaining and investigating cars,” explained Tanya Parkes, vice president of the customer division at J.D. Electric power. “That prosperity of facts now features accessibility to subscription solutions, alongside with data on shopping for and offering a car or truck. It is all about bringing additional clarity to the procuring experience.”

“Subscribing to a vehicle is the new and contemporary way of accessing mobility,” mentioned Georg Bauer, co-founder and president of Autonomy. “By creating our assistance obtainable on JDPower.com, we will increase recognition of Autonomy and the unbeatable value proposition of a auto subscription. After people try out it, we are confident that they will remain prospects for everyday living.”

Eligible people to JDPower.com will be made available entry to the Autonomy EV membership company by clicking on Autonomy advertisements that show up when they are seeking for applicable auto stock or conducting EV analysis. Interested individuals can download the Autonomy application, scan their driver’s licenses, include a electronic payment method and enter insurance plan information to subscribe to a auto.

ABOUT AUTONOMY

Autonomy is a technological innovation firm on a mission to make access to mobility effortless and inexpensive via car or truck subscriptions. The enterprise was started by automobile retail, automobile finance, and automobile insurance disruptors Scott Painter and Georg Bauer

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