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Batribike Micro

ORIGINAL STORY FROM AUGUST 2010. The Batribike Micro later ceased production, but returned in early 2013 as the Eego Nohak1. The bike seems to have been substantially revised, but the weight and performance appear much the same. Price and availability are not yet clear Since electric bikes became widely available a decade or so ago, […]

Brompton Sparticle

ORIGINAL STORY FROM FEBRUARY 2009. The Sparticle has been considerably revised since. Finding a good motor kit to electrify the Brompton is a bit like the hunt for the Holy Grail. I was, no doubt, as excited as many other Brompton owners when the June 2007 A to B announced that the age-long search could […]

Nano Brompton

ORIGINAL STORY FROM JUNE 2007. The Nano-Brompton later ceased production, but returned in revised form in early 2012, with a different battery and repositioned electronics. Prices are very different to those quoted here! We’ve championed electric bikes since they first appeared, but somehow folding electric bikes have always proved a technological leap too far. Some […]

Dahon Roo EL

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM JUNE 2005. The Roo EL went out of production some years ago. Dahon has since tried other variants based on different power systems and bikes, but none has been very successful Folding electric bicycles are not everyone’s cup of tea, but where other crystal balls reveal recumbent bicycles, or perhaps four-wheel-drives, according […]

Panasonic WiLL

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM FEBRUARY 2005. ThePanasonic Will has been out of production for some years. We’re often told that folding electric bicycles are the next big thing, but the technology always seems to be just around the corner, in a container on the high seas or being re-evaluated somewhere far away. In other words, it […]

Honda Step-Compo

Not everybody can see the point in owning one, but most people recognise that a folding electric bike needs quite a dose of high technology if it’s going to be portable and rideable.To satisfy these two contradictory requirements, take the most efficient motor and batteries you can find, bolt them to the lightest frame and […]

Ezee Quando

We have to be honest; most electric folding bikes are horrible.Without being so cruel as to name names, we’d have to admit that half of the bikes we’ve tested are either complete rubbish or close to it. Part of the problem is the conflicting design constraints discussed elsewhere, but that doesn’t explain everything.The fact is […]

Bliss

Sooner or later, someone will produce a practical folding electric bike. Unfortunately, the Bliss isn’t it, but intriguingly, we think this dog’s-breakfast of a machine points the way to the future. The Bliss The Bliss is a dumpy little aluminium 305mm (16″) wheeled folding bike with a central frame hinge, and fold- down bars, producing […]