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Unformatted text preview: Ping - Electric Bicycles Are Gaining a Toehold in the U.S. - NYTimes.com This copy is for your personal, noncommercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers here or use the "Reprints" tool that appears next to any article. Visit www.nytreprints.com for samples and additional information. Order a reprint of this article now. January 17, 2010 Ping Gaining a Toehold for the E-Bike By BRAD STONE TECHNOLOGY has eliminated many of life s milder physical demands, like getting off the couch to change the channel, or going to the store to buy a book. The latest exertion to be conquered: biking uphill. Electric bicycles a regular pedal-driven bike with a motor for steeper slopes and an optional extra boost is an idea that has been around for more than a century. But while e-bikes have caught on in certain parts of the world, particularly China, where tens of millions are sold each year, they have never quite captured the imagination of auto-obsessed Americans. That may be about to change. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, Sanyo , the Japanese electronics maker and a major producer of car batteries, showed off a sleek, lightweight e-bike called the Eneloop Hybrid Bicycle . The Eneloop, priced at $2,300, came to stores in the United States late last year. It operates like any normal bike and, save for the black lithium-ion battery strapped to the frame beneath the seat, looks exactly like one as well. But when you press a button on the left handlebar, a 250-watt motor gently kicks in, providing about twice the power as your own pedaling and making you feel like Lance Armstrong on even the steepest slopes. on even the steepest slopes....
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