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Traditional bike with electric zipIt's environmentally friendly like a traditional bicycle, but it has the zip of a scooter. Getting 20 miles per charge with a max cruising speed of 20 mph, Ultra Motor's new electric bike doesn't come cheap, at $2,600. CNET's Kara Tsuboi takes it out...
[ music ] ^M00:00:04 >> That's really fun. >> Is it allowed? >> So we can do twenty miles like this. >> Yep. >> At first glance, these may look like traditional bicycles. >> It's a very upright, easy, easy ride. >> Tricked out with an electric engine, this A to B bike can cruise along at a top speed of twenty miles an hour, with absolutely no effort. >> It's built for getting around town, getting around with a commute so that you can show up at work and not have to sweat. >> To charge the lithium ion battery, just plug it in. >> It takes about three to four hours to get about 90% charged, and then about an hour more just to kind of get that last 10% in. >> Depending on your weight, the terrain, or how much you pedal, expect twenty miles per charge. >> If you literally want to rely 100% on the motor, then your mileage will be probably a little less. If you want to augment the motor's work, you can then extend your range pretty dramatically. >> Now this little bike's having a bit of an identity crisis. It's environmentally friendly like a bicycle, but it's got all the zip of a moped. I think it looks tougher if we park it here though. >> This kind of mobility comes with a price, to the speed of twenty six hundred dollars. >> Would you guys pay twenty six hundred bucks for this? >> I don't know if my wife would let me. But I mean it'd be something, definitely be something cool for the city, for cruising around in the city. >> [inaudible] clean environment, yeah. And especially with the price of oil and gas, with all the controversy over that. >> Let's compare the stats. How much does your bike weigh? >> It's about five pounds. >> Mine's seventy. >> Yeah. >> How much did your bike cost? >> It was around six hundred dollars. >> Mine's twenty six hundred dollars. >> Unlike a traditional moped or scooter, there's no special licensing or permitting needed to ride this bike. Of course, a helmet is always recommended. I'm Kara Suboy, CNET.com. ^M00:01:43 [ music ]