Will Electric Bikes Get People Out of Cars?

Brad Stone writes in the New York Times business section about the eneloop electric bike. There is nothing new about the bike to TreeHugger readers; Jaymi called it a game-changer at CES. What is new is the attitude. Where electric bikes used to be considered a sign of laziness, it is now being seen as an alternative to the car.
Jaymi's video of the enenloop

""Four years ago, we encountered many people saying, 'Oh wow, we are so lazy, we need motors on our bikes' " said Scott Shaw, president of EcoBike USA, an e-bike maker in Southern California. "Now people are understanding and saying, this is more a utilitarian vehicle for commuting and getting outside on two wheels rather than four.""

More in the New York Times

See More Eneloop in TreeHugger:
Go Farther, Faster on Sanyo's Electric Hybrid Bicycle
CES 2010 - Sanyo's Eneloop Bike May Be a Bike World Game Changer

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