There’s a big electric bike push going on in the American city of Seattle. A new bike-share program may feature 1,200 electric bikes at 100 stations wired into the power grid.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is keen for the city to go electric, and they are in negotiations over a contract with bike-share company Bewegen. Kyle Rowe, who is managing bike share for SDOT, said the electric assist tops out at 20mph.
The bikes can tackle some of Seattle’s steepest hills. The bikes are tracked by GPS and have a lock that would allow them to be secured away from their docks. The bikes also have technology that would allow them to be unlocked by phone or anything with an RFID chip, like a fob or credit card.