Looking to provide yet another alternative method of “green” transportation, Sanyo’s Eneloop label has released a battery-assisted bicycle capable of traveling about 85km(about 53 miles) on a single charge. For the time being, the CY-SPG226 battery-assisted bicycle is only being sold in Japan with preliminary sales expectations sitting around 300 units. Eneloop, the same label under which Sanyo manufactures Wii charging stations and batteries, is marketing the CY-SPG226 to courier services, maintenance firms, and anyone seeking a more efficient, eco-friendly way to get around town. As is the case with most products upon first release to the public, the price of the CY-SPG226 sits relatively high at $1,300.
Looking to improve on the power and distance provided by the initial charge, Sanyo developed a battery that automatically recharges when the driver brakes or drives downhill. In doing so they have given the CY-SPG226 battery-assisted bicycle a range that few others on the market are able to match. And while the range of the the battery-assisted bicycle is very impressive, the weight of the CY-SPG226 is something Sanyo may want to improve on as the initial model is listed at a hefty 70 lbs. That, my friends, is a lot of bicycle.
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