An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike, is a bicycle with an electric motor used to power the vehicle. Electric bicycles typically cost between US$500 and US$3,000, use rechargeable batteries and can travel up to 15 to 20 miles per hour (24 to 32 km/h). Electric bicycle usage worldwide has experienced rapid growth since 1998. It is estimated that there were roughly 120 million e-bikes in China as of early 2010, and sales are expanding rapidly in India and the Netherlands. The “Electric Bikes Worldwide Reports 2010 Update” estimates that 1,000,000 electric bicycles will be sold in Europe in 2010. The same report estimates that sales in the U.S. will reach roughly 300,000 in 2010, doubling the number sold in 2009.
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The concept of capture is a crossover with a removable roof, diesel engine, butterfly doors, and interior bungee-cord. Renault says this is an example of future styling direction of the brand and also that the concept signifies the production model. Renault Capture which is close in size to the alliance partner Nissan Juke, is made of carbon fiber and has a removable hardtop that allows for that to change with the coupe to a convertible crossed. Front fender is painted orange round matte, as detailed in the bottom of the door and most of the back. Removable lid lifts off to reveal the carbon fiber frame. This concept 22-inch wheels made to look bigger with a design that spilled into the tire.
The Zapico is the first custom motorcycle from Mansory, a German tuning company. Mansory is known for customizing four wheeled vehicles, particularly those that are absolutely fine in stock condition, such as Bentleys, Aston Martins and assorted Italian supercars. The Zapico, though, appears to be a ground up build reportedly by a chap called “Thomas M. George”, a new name to me. Most of the visible surfaces on this bike are carbon fiber, while the engine is an S&S 124ci V-twin, a mill that will be familiar to US-based bike builders. There’s no word on the price, which probably falls into the “If you have to ask” category. Rest assured that we won’t be featuring this one in next year’s Bike EXIF calendar.
It’s not every day that Koenigsegg reveals a new super car, but the Koenigsegg Agera R is more than a welcome sight. This Swedish stunner will be one of the fastest debuts at the Geneva Motor Show this week, with more muscle than a freight train under the hood. The Agera R is powered by a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with an astounding 1,115 horsepower. For the record, that’s 100 more horsepower than Koenigsegg’s last supercar, the Trevita. That power will push the Agera R well into the 200 mph range in a matter of seconds. Aside from the muscle, the Koenigsegg Agera R is a machine of rare beauty. This version, one of likely just a few to be produced, features a Speed Racer colorway with an emphasis on pure white with black and red accents.
There’s a new Pagani on the road, ladies and gentlemen. The new Pagani Huayra has been officially revealed to the world, although few of us may ever see it in the flesh. The Huayra is the newest flagship of this boutique Italian sports car manufacturer, a name that will replace the equally-fun-to-say Zonda. Like its predecessor, the Pagani Huayra will be a rare bird in the world of super cars, as Pagani is expected to produce less than 40 Huayras within the first year of its production. The Pagani Huayra continues this marque’s tradition of serious yet-smart muscle, aerodynamics without compromise and styling that borders on the eccentric. The Huayra is powered by an AMG-sourced 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine, capable of pushing 700 horsepower and 740 pound-feet of torque.
The guys at Carlsson brought their A game to the Geneva Motor Show with a new version of the C25 called the Royale, based on the Mercedes SL 65 AMG. The tuning firm announced a limited run of 25 units, and the highly modified coupe already has six orders placed. These will be delivered sometime in 2011, while future orders for the C25 Royale take six months to complete and ship out. When comparing the factory Mercedes SL 65 AMG, the Royale weighs 180 kilograms lighter, and this was accomplished with the extensive use of carbon fiber, found on the hood and new roof. Other lightweight components are the full ceramic brake system, which are half the weight of the stock Mercedes SL65 AMG parts. However, the styling and weight reduction aren’t the only parts that Carlsson focused on, the performance under the hood is just as impressive as the exterior.
Although Ken Block stated last year was one of his best ever, the numbers show a disappointing FIA World Rally Championship campaign in his new Monster Energy Ford Fiesta RS rally car. Mechanical issues also plagued his performance in Rally America, however the Monster World Rally Team (MWRT) is hoping for an improved 2011 season with even more races and events. Some notable mentions in the United States include the Summer X Games, Gymkhana GRID, and select Rally Car rallies and Rally Cross events across the states in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC car. Hit the jump to watch videos of some new eye candy car babes, and read what Ken Block had to say about the year ahead.