Green tech guide MetaEfficient has two guides to new electric bikes—one that reviews Schwinn's latest offerings, and another that pushes a collection of European-made bikes. The eZee electric bike, made in South Africa but available here, can help riders with hills, cruise for miles on a single charge or even race faster, depending on the model. They range in price from $1,150 to $2,200. The bikes are ideal for short-range city commuters, but at that price, you'd probably want to wheel them inside, and clear some extra space in your cube, lest some green-minded thief ride off with it.—Gregory Mone
The bike shown above is an eZee Torq. It is distributed in the USA by eZeebike USA. Please see www.ezeebike.us for a dealer list. The Torq features 700cm wheels and a 350W front hub motor. The Torq, along with several other eZee models, is manufactured in Shanghai utilizing premium components. The Torq is a serious e-bike. Please follow this link to read the story of a recent 3,000 km ride accross the rugged countryside in South Africa (www.ezeebike.us/Katima_to_Cape.pdf).