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February 15, 2011

Sanyo's electric-assisted eneloop bikes coming to Hawaii

HONOLULU, Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO) announces that the award-winning eneloop bike, the SANYO pedal-assist synergetic hybrid bicycle, is available in Hawaii to provide an alternative method of transportation for tourists and locals.  The eneloop bike won the Best of Innovations Award at CES 2010. Collaborating with Assist the World of Green, LLC., SANYO’s eneloop bike will be available in bike rental shops. Two eneloop bikes, the CY-SPA600NA and the CY-SPH600NA, have been available since January 2011 as rental bicycles.

Consumers are looking to continue their eco-friendly ways even while on vacation. One such method that is fun, affordable, healthy and eco-friendly is to ride an electric bike around the islands. The award-winning SANYO e-bike uses a combination of pedal-power and battery-power to help riders go further and easily maneuver hills. The riders experience a unique ‘lighter than air’ feeling offered by the eneloop bike. ‘eneloop’ is a word combining both “energy” and “looping,” and the bicycle is based on the concept of its ‘looping charge function’ that offers regenerative coasting and braking, recharging the battery while in motion. In addition, the synergetic hybrid bicycle is also designed for a safer, more stable ride. Because the rider has to pedal to maintain the battery charge they have a healthier lifestyle option that maintains their flexibility.

“Hawaii is filled with such beautiful scenery, the best way to experience the magic of the islands is to be outdoors among the flowers, greenery, and coastal areas. This experience is enriched by seeing the interior of the islands on a bicycle which makes it easier to pause and enjoy the surroundings,” said Mr. Murata, President of SANYO North America. “It’s also an easy way to save money while on vacation as bike rentals are less costly than automobiles and with no gas to buy,” Murata commented. “Vacationers can work off the extra pounds from all the good food they eat on the island,” he added.

Maintaining the beauty of the islands and clean air is a priority for Hawaiians. One way this can be achieved is by decreasing the number of vehicles on the road. By renting a SANYO eneloop bicycle, tourists and locals can enjoy the island while respecting its environment. Assist the World of Green, LLC. has set up a network of bike rentals where people can rent the bike in one location and return it to another so they don’t have to pedal back to the original rental destination. People who ride bikes such as the eneloop bike can save money, do something good for their health, do something good for the environment and maintain their flexibility.

Yasushi Harada, President of Assist the World of Green, LLC., commented, “As we opened this rental bicycle business we carefully considered and compared products from several major companies. We selected the ‘eneloop bike’ because the brand is well known to tourists from Japan and SANYO is the only Japanese company that sells a hybrid electric pedal-assist bicycle that conforms to US-standards. Also, because SANYO also has some of the world’s leading energy solutions with solar panels and large-scale industrial-use battery technology, we feel that there is the potential to preserve the natural beauty of Hawaii as we focus on environmental conservation through environmental business opportunities.”

About the SANYO eneloop bike

The eneloop bike features a regenerative charging system similar to hybrid automobiles, which allows the bike to re-generate energy, replenishing part of its power needs through regenerative coasting and braking. The bike is equipped to not only generate energy but to store energy as well, thereby eliminating emissions and encouraging the preservation of the natural environment. The power available from its engine is also powerful enough to assist weaker riders on hills and steep inclines, allowing for a light and pleasant riding experience. The eneloop bike, CY-SPA600NA won the Best of Innovations award at CES 2010, receiving the highest overall score in the Eco-Design & Sustainable Technology category.


3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 8, 2011 9:11 am

    OK – so where and when are the bicycles available for rental ?

  2. March 16, 2012 12:37 pm

    To who this may interest,
    Since 2003 when I set out to spread the word around that solar and wind transportation is something that is a viable way to save in gas emissions and costs as well as minimizing noise pollution and toxic emissions. I first built a Hybrid electric bicycle and rode it for the first time to the top of the 10,005 ft Haleakala Volcano on Maui to the creator rim in about 2 hours and 40 minutes in the Cycle To The Sun bicycle ride in 2003 to prove that it can be done on solar power and leg power in record time. The batteries were charged from the solar panels and a small wind turbine at my home in Napili, Maui. Since then Segway legislation made motorized bicycles illegal. For the last 4 years of Electric bicycle legislation in Hawaii this is the first year that the bill has made it to the Senate to be heard in the transportation committee on this Monday 3-19-2012 in which Kalani English is the Chair. Ironically Senator English did not hear this bill two years in a row when he was the chair of the transportation committee in the house after the bill passed all the other house committees unanimously.
    Hawaii is the only State in the Nation besides New York where electric bicycles are illegal to ride.
    Imagine all the ways people in Hawaii can benefit by using a electric hybrid bicycle instead of a car.

    Thank you, Randal Draper

    Here is a very interesting story on his ebike(Source):

    Haleakala Times 2003

    Solar-powered electric bikes
    Clean, affordable energy for everyone
    Randy Draper – inventor
    By Jan Welda-Fleetham

    Reliable, efficient, affordable – all these words could be used to describe longtime Napili resident Randy Draper’s new invention – a simple, long–lasting solar powered electric motor attached to an ordinary bike frame.

    The bikes can go “up to 20 miles per hour, create no pollution, are totally silent, can go up any hill, are simple to repair, and the batteries can be recharged with energy from two things we have an abundance of here on Maui – sun and wind,” Randy explained.

    I visited his workshop in his home in Napili recently, where he showed me the solar panels and windmill he had set up on his roof about sixteen years ago, and said he has saved over $200 a month on his electricity bill ever since then. At the time, it cost him about $3,000 to get the system fully operating, but he says “it would be cheaper now because some of the components cost less.”

    He said he’s “always wanted to do something with electricity,” and in 1993 made an electric motor, which he had patented as an “electric submersible motor,” and used it on a fiberglass kayak that he sailed to Lana‘i and back.

    It’s quite an experience just talking with Randy Draper; he leaps rapidly from one subject to the next with amazing speed. His workshop is filled with hundreds of projects, thousands of components, reminding me of descriptions of Thomas Edison’s, bursting with creative ideas and inventions.

    Randy says he grew up playing with nuts and bolts; his father was an electronics engineer who made the first starter motors for Boeing’s jet aircraft engines; he later developed guidance systems for the aerospace program while working at Vandenburg Air Force Base in California.

    His grandfather owned a bike shop in Salt Lake City, Utah, and later a washing machine and lawnmower repair shop in Provo, Utah; every summer the family would visit, where Randy developed his interest electronics and mechanics.

    He says that when he was in seventh grade, he built an electric motor with thread, spools, magnets and wire, for a science fair that was held at his junior high school in Redondo Beach, California. The teacher was so impressed that he asked Randy if he could keep it, and used it for years after that to show to his other students.

    Last month Randy had the opportunity to make a bicycle for Maui’s annual Cycle to the Sun, a race billed as the world’s steepest, climbing nonstop from sea level to the very top of Haleakala.

    He started building the bike about a week before the race, in between his job as a boat captain on Hawai‘i Ocean Raftings’ snorkeling cruises to Lana‘i, and ferrying Navy personnel to and from their ship near Lahaina. He says “I didn’t sleep for the last 48 hours, didn’t even get a chance to try out the bike or the batteries, but it worked out perfect.”

    You can visit to read the article written about it for EV World Magazine.

    This article generated an enormous amount of interest in his invention; he’s gotten email from people in Germany, China, New Zealand, etc., and has been corresponding with representatives of several major battery and bicycle manufacturers in the United States about mass producing these bikes for worldwide distribution.

    A company called New Energy Electric, in particular, whose co–founders are Carroll Shelby and Lee Eastman, has offered their Lithium/Ion battery technology (as used in the electric Shelby Cobra automobile) is very interested in working with him on these innovative bicycles.

    Randy says he could have “a million bikes manufactured in a year or so” if he had the orders for them.

    “The ideal situation would be a series of juice stands or snack shops in various locations here on Maui that would be refueling stations with solar panels and windmills on top of the buildings, where you could rent, lease or buy an electric bike.

    “You could go to one in, say, Hana, rent a bike and ride to ‘Ulupalakua, trade your battery for a fully charged one, ride to Pa‘ia, Kihei, Lahaina, wherever you wanted to go,” Randy continued.

    Retail price would be about $1,000, with an additional $200 a year for batteries. Randy says they would be ideal for ecotours, and that private ranches could purchase them for their employees to use; they could go places that most other vehicles wouldn’t have access to.

    So, all in all, this seems like one of those ideas “whose time has come.”
    “What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.” – Theodore Roethke


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