Kona unveils electric cargo bike

By Gary Boulanger, US editor | Tuesday, September 1, 2009 2.00pm

According to Kona Bicycles founder Jake Heilbron, the future of cycling has a power assist, as made evident by the Canadian company's new electric Ute cargo bike.

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"Some of you may have seen the first prototype of the E-Ute last year," Heilbron reported on the Kona blog. "Although it was fairly crude, it worked and we tested it over the winter to test the battery system and refine the design.

"On Friday (August 28) we finally got the G2 Electric Ute built and ran it through some test rides before packing it up in the show crates for Expocycle Montreal (September 7-10)," he added. "We’ll send it along to Interbike in Vegas (September 23-25). This is actually G2 E-Ute #2, the first is at Eurobike in Germany (September 2-5) on Kona Europe’s stand. There’s also a couple of more conventional Kona E-Bikes showing in Europe – the Token and the Ticket, the first in Kona’s SimpliCity range."

BikeRadar will have more information on the Kona E-Ute in the future. Stay tuned for more reports from Eurobike!

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