New Schwinn fast charging electric bicycle

In September 2008 Schwinn Bicycles announced a strategic collaboration with Toshiba Corporation that they think is going to dramatically improve the uptake of electric bicycles around the world. Schwinn presented the results of this collaboration at the recent Interbike International Bicycle Expo in the form of the Tailwind.

Schwinn Tailwind

Schwinn Tailwind

The Tailwind incorporates Toshiba’s new Super Charge ion Battery (SCiB) technology. The SCiB technology will enable Tailwind owners to recharge their battery in 30 minutes through a standard electrical outlet or as little as five to seven minutes through a commercial charger. By comparison, it takes four hours or longer to fully recharge the battery of most other electric bicycles.

The SCiB offers an expected 2,000 recharge life cycles to Tailwind owners with each charge giving them a range of 40 to 48km. The Tailwind also comes with a 32,000km or two-year limited warranty (in the US).

A previous post about Schwinn electric bicycles have been very popular with many people asking how they can get one in Australia. The problem is that in Australia the maximum legal power output of electric bicycles is 200W. The Tailwind has a brushless electric motor in the front hub that produces 180W of continuous power and 250W peak power, thereby making it a motorcycle in the eyes of the law. For that reason the Australian distributor for Schwinn bikes, Sportz Australasia Pty Ltd, appear loathe to import them regardless of demand.

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2 Responses

  1. the law ios so out of date, i see kids on two stroke scooters with no lights or reflectors no helmet zipping along local roads and the police can’t even catch them. But an adult bike that would be used reponsibly is restricted. if they want to haev it registered at least make it affordable to register and a only a one of, no one has time to go register a bike every year.

  2. I ride a 200w 10Ah Li Ion Shogun hybrid 34.4 km from Werribee to Melbourne CBD once a week in about 1 hr 20 mins, doing about 30 kmh. The Federation bike track gives me 16km completely off-road, and shared bike tracks (on road) allow about another 13 km in decent conditions. I keep a charger at work and home, with 3 hrs a normal charge time.

    Dedicated bike tracks make for terrific rides, and Victoria has increased its spend on these to tens of millions dollars in the 5/09 budget.

    A higher legal power limit would make my trip shorter duration: say a 350w motor might take 15 mins off my travel time. A motorcycle trip to Melb CBD takes 50 mins. If less time were needed, more people would consider the commute.

    Ebikes have a lot more potential than the 200w legal limit allows. Negative inertia from govt wanting car registration tax money seems to have a higher priority than dealing with greenhouse gas pollution and conserving resources. Ebike takes 1% of the energy to move me as a car.

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