Automatic Transmission Electric Bicycle

Posted on Jul 21 2008 - 9:59am by Russ

 

Automatic Transmission Bicycle


The folks at Hammacher Schlemmer have a new electric bicycle with an intelligent automatic transmission.  The good news… you don’t have to peddle… the bad news is that it costs $5,500.  Ouch.

“This is the electric bicycle that uses automatic transmission to downshift into a lower gear when it senses a hill, upshifts for rapid acceleration up to 20 mph on flats, or allows you to pedal normally because the motor can be disengaged at your command. Powered by a 750-watt electric motor housed in the horizontal chain and motor assembly that provides 1 hp, the 8-speed automatic transmission is capable of four modes of operation, all controlled by a thumb toggle on the handlebars: a setting for rapid acceleration, a low gear setting for inclines (but slower acceleration), and a setting for manual gear shifting that disengages the motor to preserve battery life.”

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  1. wehaveawinner July 21, 2008 at 3:08 pm -

    The dweeb factor is approaching Segway! Keep up the good work!

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