A biker in Hong Kong shot video for 20 minutes riding an electric Brammo Enertia. Here's a few observations from viewing it, which you can do below:
  • The Enertia doesn't have a mild humming electric motor, like the Nissan Leaf. It's a piercing noise that cranks up while driving uphill and when picking up speed.
  • Hong Kong is not nearly as crowded as I expected, with the bike traveling smoothly from Kowloon Bay to Central Hong Kong. I expected jam-packed traffic in a country that's sold a lot of new cars to a workforce that's moved from countryside into the big cities. Of course, this video could have been filmed during downtime, perhaps on a Sunday afternoon.
  • This bike can travel about 80 miles on a charge with this type of freeway driving. After the 20-minute ride at between 55 and 75 miles per hour, it had 75 percent of the battery left. That's better than some of the other e-bikes on the market are getting.
  • The Enertia is different than the Brammo Empulse. It has no gears, and the engine rpm kept getting higher and higher. Not having to shift could come in handy when stuck in dense traffic and needing a smoother ride.
  • There's supposed to be ton of e-bikes on Chinese streets, but not many of them show up in this video.
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      Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
      I noticed that this is Kowloon and Hong Kong... it's not China. If you want to see tons of e-bikes and electric scooters, hop across to Shenzhen or Guangzhou. BTW, you'll need a visa for that. Hong Kong is NOT China.
        ScubaChris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
        Really? I thought it was handed back to china back in 1997 wasn't it? As far as I understood it was a special administrative region of the PRC. Of course I'm perfectly happy to be proved wrong :o)
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ScubaChris
          ScubaChris Hong Kongers are quite patriotic and do not want to be fully part of China.
          Ian Bruce 伊恩·布鲁斯
          @ScubaChris
          Yes... I was there when it happened. My point was that as a SAR, it has different laws. For one, you won't see any motorcycles on highways in China except for police. For another, electric bikes are considered motorcycles in Hong Kong, and need "Type Approval" from the Transport Department. Since electric bikes fail to meet the type approval requirement, and the Transport Department has never granted any type approval for an electric bikes, all electric bikes effectively illegal in Hong Kong. You're welcome to try the "handed back in 1997" argument with the HK Transport Department, but I don't think it'll get you very far.
      • 2 Years Ago
      around 3 millions e-bikes went onto Chinese mainland roads last year! BUT, not one of them are road legal in Hong Kong, which is part of China!! This part of one-country-two-system sucks!!!
      Ernest
      • 2 Years Ago
      simply because jackie chan is the owner of the brammo distributor in HK...
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rush hour (4pm-6pm) is when traffic is worst. There are relatively few motorbikes in HK, and no electric bicycles (they are not legal, which is astoundingly stupid). All in all, it is much more dangerous to ride a 2-wheeler there than in the west.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rush hour (4pm-6pm) is when traffic is worst. There are relatively few motorbikes in HK, and no electric bicycles (they are not legal, which is astoundingly stupid). All in all, it is much more dangerous to ride a 2-wheeler there than in the west.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Electric bikes (including bicycles) are illegal in HK for some stupid reason.
      Duck
      • 2 Years Ago
      OK, I lasted 1:12 before I had to hit mute on my speakers. Think I'll stick with a 55mpg Ducati. SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH! Is that the worst transmission ever or is it a brushed engine? I mean jesus, that is intolerably annoying.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Except the speed gauge clearly says KM/H on the bottom of it!!!
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rush hour (4pm-6pm) is when traffic is worst. There are relatively few motorbikes in HK, and no electric bicycles (they are not legal, which is astoundingly stupid). All in all, it is much more dangerous to ride a 2-wheeler there than in the west.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rush hour (4pm-6pm) is when traffic is worst. There are relatively few motorbikes in HK, and no electric bicycles (they are not legal, which is astoundingly stupid). All in all, it is much more dangerous to ride a 2-wheeler there than in the west.
      • 2 Years Ago
      On the noise comment... most video cameras have an auto-gain on the microphone, so the quieter the sound, the more it's amplified. I suspect that's what happened here... the Enertia Plus is not a loud bike at all.
      • 2 Years Ago
      On the noise comment... most video cameras have an auto-gain on the microphone, so the quieter the sound, the more it's amplified. I suspect that's what happened here... the Enertia Plus is not a loud bike at all.
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