Panasonic Electric Bikes
Panasonic joins the rest of the world in the pursuit of resolving
the inimical consequences of global warming. The release of
its ECO electric bikes that run through lithium or NiMH battery
becomes a good head start towards minimizing the burn of fossil
fuels and emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
With every ride of these Panasonic electric bicycles you
are saving the environment. A global division of Matsushita,
Panasonic Cycle Technology Co., Ltd. expanded its product
lines from bicycles, electric wheelchair and beds to the manufacture
of electric bicycles. On its product portfolio is a line up
of five regular models and two folding pedelecs that are commonplace
ride gadgets in Japan and in some parts of Asia.
Panasonic electric bicycles are powered by 24 to 26 volts
of lithium or NiMH rechargeable battery packs that could provide
solid 2.8 to 6 ampere hours of assisted run at running distances
of 27 to 31 kilometers. One model however can sprint over
distances of 60 kilometers with a 26 volt-6 ampere hour lithium-ion
battery that weighs from 1 to 1.6 kilograms.
Nevertheless, top-speeds cannot be attained without the 230-watt,
DC brushless motors set up into these machines that are maneuvered
by gear shifts ranging from a three speed light touch gear
shift to a six speed grip derailleur and up to the even more
powerful seven-shift, twist shift, Shimano derailleur for
the folding pedelecs line.
Despite sporting additional pounds for its battery pack,
Panasonic electric bicycles are lightweight enough to allow
a convenient and speedy ride with models weighing in at a
range of 20 to 26 kilograms. Moreover, just like manual bicycles,
get a load of fenders, lights, racks, color combinations and
baby seats to embellish these machines. The frame can even
be replaced with the titanium version to suit specialized
Electronic bicycles are pedal-operated and power assisted
rides that were initially designed to achieve maximum cycle
speeds and longer distances minus the efforts of manual pedaling
and the bulk of gasoline tanks. Thus, rechargeable batteries
were integrated as a power mechanism with the option to revert
to manual pedaling anytime.
In addition to its lightweight feature, typical batteries
used on electric bicycles become fully charged using specialized
external chargers in a matter of 2 hours. These can also be
dismounted from the unit and charged separately so you might
want to get a spare so that a dead battery won't hamper your
Moreover, lithium or NiMH battery packs have a lifespan of
500 charging cycles before you would even think about getting
a replacement. Furthermore, the bicycle's electrical system
is specially configured to endure all weather conditions,
whether biking under extreme heat or rainy, damp climate.
So banish the thoughts of being electrocuted should you encounter
heavy rains along the way.
Currently, Panasonic electric bicycles are widely distributed
in Japan and in selected parts of North America, Europe and
Asia. These units retail for at least $1000 with battery replacement
costs at around $250.
Panasonic is the brand label for electronic products distributed
in overseas markets by Japanese semiconductor firm Matsushita
Electric Industrial Co. With operating profits reaching $3.89
billion despite a sluggish market, Panasonic is indeed the
leader in global consumer electronics.
The conglomerate manufactures digital consumer products as
well as provides product solutions to businesses, industries
and incidentally to the environment with the retail of its
Panasonic Electric Bicycles.