Ford takes hybrid plunge with electric-powered mountain bike
FREE Catholic Classes
By Troy Dredge, Catholic Online
12/12/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
As part of its goal to put more lower-emission vehicles on the road, the Ford Motor Company has struck a deal with the California-based electric bicycle company Pedego: a battery-powered mountain bike.
The Ford-branded beach cruiser is powered by an electric battery. The battery gives the user up to 20 miles of pedal-free operation or even longer, if the rider pedals part of the time.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Ford-branded beach cruiser is powered by an electric battery. The battery gives the user up to 20 miles of pedal-free operation or even longer, if the rider pedals part of the time.
Executive Chairman Bill Ford says he has encouraged the company to re-imagine the future of transportation.
St. Christopher, patron saint of travellers, is honored in this beautiful Sterling Silver Square.
Don DiCostanzo (left), CEO/co-founder, and Terry Sherry, CFO/co-founder, of Pedego Electric Bikes.
"He has tasked us with looking into the future, and how we're going to make sustainable products and be profitable," Erica Klampfl, the company's Future Mobility manager says. "We can no longer just think about being an automotive product company."
A Ford representative approached Pedego two years ago and asked the company to build a bike.
Beginning in 2006, Pedego Electric Bikes co-founder Don DiCostanzo bought an electric bike so he wouldn't have to pedal uphill on his way back from the beach. Dissatisfied with his purchase, he built his own.
Forming the Pedego company in 2009 with his former college roommate Terry Sherry, both DiCostanzo and Sherry were also fraternity brothers and best men at each other's weddings. Operating from a single shop in Newport Beach, California, Pedego eventually became the largest electric bike retailer in the U.S.
Pedego to date has sold more than 20,000 electric bikes, about 80 percent of them in the U.S., half of those in the state of California.
The plug-in electric bikes sell for about $2,000 to $3,000. The Ford Super Cruiser is $3,695. Designed in Irvine, the bikes are pre-assembled in China from parts built there and elsewhere in Asia. The bikes are then finished in California. The City Commuter brand, DiConstanzo said, is the company's best seller.
Riders can use a "throttle" to make the bikes roll at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, or can use a combination of pedal and throttle to extend the range.
DiCostanzo says he thinks an electric bicycle is the "gateway drug" to an electric car. The Ford deal, he says is another way to market the bikes. Marketing is the company's biggest challenge. Traditional bike riders have treated the electric bike segment with suspicion, or worse.
"They think it's breaking the rules, like somehow we're cheating or something," DiCostanzo said.
Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2019
Young People and the Example of Mary. That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the Gospel to the world.
In a viral video, a man is seen taunting a bison in Yellowstone National Park. The behavior is both unacceptable and dangerous and serves ... continue reading
An epic heatwave is gripping the northern hemisphere, shattering records, exacerbating fires, and killing people. This heatwave is ... continue reading
World needs Pope Francis' leadership as Earth Overshoot Day moves up, revealing massive environmental debt Watch
A startling new statistic reveals we are consuming the Earth's resources much faster than nature can restock them. Such rampant consumption ... continue reading
A massive dust storm has blown out of the Sahara and is blanketing Earth from Turkey to Texas. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A ... continue reading
A new study has found that ninety percent of the plastic waste in the oceans comes from ten rivers, all in Asia and Africa. LOS ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Vermont bishop: Abortion bill tests limits of human brokenness
- Tagle: Confront the 'stench of filth' caused by abuse
- St. Polycarp: Saint of the Day for Saturday, February 23, 2019
- Daily Reading for Monday, February 25th, 2019 HD Video
- Making a Difference: U.S. bishops confront racism and call us to ...
- Prayer Requests Live for Friday, February 22nd, 2019
- Daily Readings for Saturday, February 23, 2019
- Daily Reading for Sunday, February 24th, 2019 HD
- Prayer Requests Live for Thursday, February 21st, 2019 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 HD
- Prayer Requests Live for Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org
Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel
Learn the Catholic way
Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all
K-12 & Adult Education Classes
Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education
Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.