May 19, 2015

How Santa Clarita can celebrate Bike Month with Solar energy

If you didn’t know it already, May is Bike Month in Santa Clarita! This month is the perfect time for you to make that miserable morning commute into an exciting morning adventure. All you need to do is ditch that gas-guzzling SUV or sedan for your old 3-gear that’s been collecting dust in the garage. Right?

Well, for most Santa Claritans, it’s not that simple. While Santa Clarita has a large cycling community who are already regularly biking to work, most SCV residents work beyond our city limits. This makes biking to work, even for just the month of May, a huge hassle, if not an impossible feat.

But one recent innovation in cycling tech could offer a solar-powered solution to this commuting crisis. The Green Convergence team, in our constant quest for new and useful ways to utilize solar-created electricity to improve our community, stumbled upon an amazing product that could make Bike Month possible for every Santa Clarita citizen who works within 50 miles of their home.

The Wave eBike, powdered by electricity.

The Wave Electric Bike, a recent IndieGogo crowd-funding phenomenon, has revolutionized electric bicycle design by adding a 750 Watt battery-powered motor to the frame of a sturdy and stylish beach cruiser. With an unbeatable electric battery range of 52 miles and a top speed of 28 miles per hour, the Wave eBike is the fastest electric bike with the longest range on the market (1). But the Wave eBike isn’t just fast and efficient—it’s inexpensive!

For the relatively low price of $549, the eBike provides three different kinds of bicycles in one. In all-electric mode, riders simply rev the engine and go on their way. In hybrid mode, riders can switch between pedaling themselves and using the engine to consume power during longer rides. And, of course, some users can choose to forgo the motor all together and just ride (1).

Typical electric bikes don’t give the flexibility that the Wave eBike provides and regular road bikes lack the motor that can help commuters of any fitness level get where they are going. They can also cost anywhere from $500 to $20,000, depending on the brand and materials used, making the eBike, if it performs as promised, a truly spectacular deal (2). The Wave eBike’s battery only takes 3-5 hours to fully charge which is less than the average 8-hour workday (1).

So if you are interested in changing up your commute this May, check out the Wave Electric Bike on Indiegogo. It’s the perfect companion to the solar household. All you have to do is recharge your zero-emission bicycle with emission-free fuel generated by your Santa Clarita home solar energy system. Then you can fast and travel worry-free—without spending an enormous amount of cash.

Happy Bike Month everyone!





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