There is a decidedly minimal appeal in showing up to work or school sweaty and exhausted – that is how one is supposed to leave such places. Bosses and teachers are tasked with working us to near collapse, and when we achieve that just by showing up, they often feel cheated and become sullen or morose. This can lead to poor performance reviews and grades, which are a high price to pay for arrival. Coupled with the smelly joys of dripping in a suit or hip school clothes for protracted periods, the appeal of the old human-powered bicycle has diminished. E-motion has risen to fill the void with all manner of electric-motored vehicles that deliver humans to their destinations fresh and intact.
They have numerous configurations, from 4-wheel scooters to one wheeled commuters like the improbable Solowheel Classic, for people of assiduous balance. The better bet is probably the old standard bicycle with the new e-motor twist. Even the old standard isn’t standard with bizarre offerings like the fold-up-and-stuff-into-the-corner Gocycle G2. For commuters with greater livery needs, the Motiv Sherpa is built for schlepping goodies with its double-threat basket/rack combo.
The Kalkhoff Agattu Impulse 8 Hs has a little room to carry things as well, with an integrated rack on the back. It comes in 4 frame sizes, with either an in-wave/step-thru or diamant/high-step frame style. It is driven by the mid-drive Impulse 2.0 motor, which receives its power from the center-mounted, lithium-ion battery pack. Dynamo powered lights maintain visibility for low-light riding while full-length fenders keep the road debris where it belongs. The Impulse 8 Hs utilizes shift-detection for smooth shifting, and its internally geared Shimano Nexus hub keeps it clean and the chain tight. It’s a fiend on the road with an estimated maximum range of 125 miles and a top speed of 20 mph. With City Cruiser handlebars and Ergon rubber grips, the Impulse is brought to a stop with Magura HS11 hydraulic rim brakes using Magura levers.
Premium Ergon ergonomic grips, basic suspension fork and seat post shock make this bike easier to ride for long distances or touring. Excellent battery design.
The smaller 250 watt motor is capable and efficient but requires more rider input than some other electric bikes with larger motors.