Schwinn Bicycles has announced a strategic collaboration with Toshiba that could significantly alter the electric bicycle market worldwide.
Schwinn has incorporated Toshiba’s new Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB) technology into the Schwinn Tailwind, a brand new electric bike it formally unveiled yesterday in Las Vegas at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo.
The breakthrough news on this bike is that Toshiba’s power technology will enable Tailwind owners to recharge their eBike in 30 minutes through a standard electrical outlet (or as little as five to seven minutes through a commercial charger). It currently takes four hours or longer to fully recharge the battery of most eBikes currently on the market.
The Tailwind will arrive in stores in early 2009 and will go for a pricey $3199.99
via: marketwatch.com (Update: links removed, above)
Related – ebike posts previously on the alternative consumer:
ultra motors A2B Electric Bike – 8.16.08
EZGO folding electric bike – 6.16.08