By Andrew Liszewski
While it looks more like an overstyled bicycle, the thick frame on the Marcus Levison-Hays’ Electrobike Pi hides a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries and motor that allow the bike to be self-propelled. Charging the bike takes about 2.5 to 3 hours from a standard household outlet and on a full charge it can hit a top speed of 20 mph with a range of about 25 to 30 miles.
The Pi is referred to as a “human-electric hybrid” since it can be switched between three different modes using a throttle control on the handlebars. The rider can choose between pedal power, an electric/pedal mode or a fully motorized mode when they’re really feeling lazy. The bike also includes two saddle bags, two different sized seats with adjustable placement and a voucher for a new helmet.
As long as you’re willing to brave the elements every day, it’s not a bad alternative to using a car for commuting to work. But with an $8,000 price tag from Design Within Reach, you might also want to invest in a really nice bike lock.