From the Tesla Model 3 to a possible Apple car, electric cars are all the rage these days.
But cars aren’t the only electric vehicles people around the world are embracing: Increased fuel prices and growing urbanization have spurred the demand for electric bikes, or e-bikes.
Global e-bike sales are expected to grow from 32 million in 2014 to at least 40 million in 2023, according to Navigant Research.
To meet the growing demand, startups – as well as traditional automakers – are rolling out electric bikes as an alternative form of transport. Electric bikes are just like normal bicycles, but they are equipped with an electric motor so you don’t always have to pedal.
Many of these new e-bikes also include new innovative features, like the ability to connect to your smartphone via an app.
Here’s a look at 10 of the most impressive e-bikes that have been revealed recently.
The Gi FlyBike has its own app, automatic locking, and phone charger. It can also instantly fold in half.
While you can ride it like a normal bike, it also has an “electric flight assistance” feature, which enables the rider to tap the bike’s electric motor to travel 15 miles per hour with a range of 40 miles with a single charge.
It even has a USB port where users can charge their smartphones with the power the generate by pedaling.
Pre-orders are available on the company’s website. The bike costs around $2,300 and is expected to be delivered in March 2017.
The OKO electric bike can travel 25 miles on a single charge.
The OKO is one of the most stylish e-bikes to launch this year.
The bike, which was designed by the Dutch company Biomega, is about 40 pounds, has an aluminum handlebar, and is made of the same material as Formula 1 race cars.
While the most e-bikes have their motors located in the back of the bike, the OKO’s motor is in the center of the frame, allowing for more the weight to be distributed more evenly.
The bike is currently available for pre-order and will set you back about $2,300. The white version of the bike is expected to be delivered in January 2017 and the silver version is expected to ship in February 2017.
The Otocycle RacerR features a five level LCD to help monitor battery power and bike performance.
The Barcelona-based bike company Otocycle launched its RaceR e-bike, which is partly made of recycled material.
The bike has a larger front light than normal, allowing for improved visibility (and motorbike-like appeal), as well as an LCD screen to show the rider the bikes battery level as well as performance.
RaceR can travel at 15 miles per hour and travel a little more than 40 miles on a single charge with pedal assistance.
The Genze e-bike has a removable battery that enables you to charge on the go.
The Genze electric bike operates in three modes: pedal assist mode, throttle, and analog.
If the bike is in peddle assist mode, the motor will kick in once you start pedaling, allowing you to glide forward more quickly.
The lightweight battery pack, which plugs into any outlet and can charge in just four hours, is located in the center of the bike and and can easily be removed for charging. The e-bike can travel up to 20 miles per hour while in throttle mode.
The bike also features an LCD display that shows speed, pedal assist levels, as well as e-bike mode, and controls.
There are currently two models of the bike: the e101 Sport e-bike and the e102 Recreational Riser e-Bike, both of which cost about $1,500.
Ford’s MoDe:Flex e-bike vibrates to warn you of a pothole.
In June 2015, Ford showed off its latest smartbike concept called the MoDe:Flex.
The vehicle connects to the users smartphone to plan routes, check forecasts, access fitness information, and warn you about traffic. The bike can also easily fold in half for easy storage.
Ford claims it can also vibrate a rider’s Apple Watch to alert them about potholes, but has yet to explain how this works.
No price or release dates have been announced either.
The Leaos Solar will charge itself with built-in solar panels.
Leaos created an electric bike that integrates solar technology into the bike’s body so that its battery is almost always getting a charge.
The solar panels are on both sides of the bike, so that it can capture solar energy even in motion. But to get the most charge, a user must position the bike at a 90 degree angle towards the sun.
Leaos CEO Armin Oberhollenzer told Business Insider that the objective is not to charge an empty battery from the sun, but to use solar energy so that the battery never gets completely empty.
When plugged in, the bike can fully charge in two hours. This gives it a range of about 62 miles in pedal assist mode.
The Leaos Solar prices at about $8,700.
You can read more about the Leaos here.
The Wi-Bike will text you if it is being taken for a joy ride.
The Italian scooter maker Piaggio has an e-bike called the Wi-Bike that is equipped with a GPS monitoring system that can be used to monitor the location of the bike.
There’s also an anti-theft feature that, when activated, will send the owner a text if the bike is ever 16-feet away from the owner.
A four-inch display is also positioned in the center and is equipped with USB ports so that the rider can plug in his or her phone to charge.
Pricing begins at about $3,200.
The Sondors THIN is incredibly lightweight.
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The frame of the Sondors Thin weighs less than five pounds.
The bike has a top speed of 20 miles per hour and has a range of 30 to 50 miles (depending on the rider’s weight) with pedal assist.
But perhaps the most impressive feature of the bike is its low price. The bike costs only $500.
Read more about the Sondors Thin here.
Vanmoof’s new electric bike connects to the internet and can be unlocked with your fingerprint.
Vanmoof’s Electric S is just about as high-tech as they come.
The bike has its own app that pairs with the bike to do all kinds of things.
For one, the bike’s location can be tracked via the app, so you will always know if someone has taken it. Owners also use the smartphone app to lock and unlock the bike by simply using their finger to tap on the lock symbol.
You can even control of the speed of the bike via the app.
The Electric S has can go up to 20 miles per hour and can last for as much as 70 miles on a single charge.
The bike is available on Vanmoof’s website for about $2,500.
Greyp’s G12H has an incredible range of 150 miles on a single charge.
Greyp recently unveiled its new electric bike, called the G12H.
The bike boasts an impressive range of 150 miles per charge. That means you can ride the e-bike for 150 miles without having to pedal!
To help put that into perspective, the company’s last electric bike, the Greyp G12s, had a range of 75 miles with a full charge. Most electric bikes have a range of only about 20 miles.
The new bike can also reach a top speed of 27 mph.
Like other electric bikes Greyp makes, the G12H will also boast some high-tech features. For example, a biometric sensor is built into the bike so that a rider can simply touch the sensor to activate the ignition.
The company hasn’t shared a price for the vehicle, yet, but don’t expect it to be cheap. The G12S prices at about $9,500, so the G12H will likely fly in the same ballpark.