July 29, 2010
These days people are really making an effort to have less of an impact on the environment, from reusing bags to refilling their own bottles of water. One of the most impactful changes people have been making is biking to work instead of driving. Biking instead of driving is probably one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. In addition to being great for the environment, there are two other benefits. The first being a huge savings from high gas prices and cost of owning and maintaining a vehicle, and the second being the health benefits from biking. Despite these benefits, there is one primary drawback to biking, especially if you have a hilly commute–people don’t want to arrive at work sweaty and tired. A company called Pietzo may have a solution to this.
Pietzo is a Bedford, MA based startup that has developed an electric bike that can run by itself on it’s electric motor, but has an interesting feature called “Pedal Assist”. Pedal Assist uses the electric motor to help the rider peddle and get up steep inclines without breaking a sweat. The bikes can go approximately 20 miles on battery power alone and about 40 miles in pedal assist mode on a single charge. The battery can last 20,000 miles or about four years if it’s fully charged three times a week. It takes a little under 8 hours to fully charge the battery and it takes about two hours to charge them 80%.
Pietzo will be a Showcased Startup at tonight’s TECH cocktail Boston startup mixer event at Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge.
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