|2007 IZIP Trekking Lithium-Ion Hybrid Electric Bicycle.|
Currie Technologies, a bicycle and scooter company founded by the former chairman and CEO of Hughes Aircraft and Delco Electronics, will introduce 10 new models of hybrid-electric bicycles (pedal power + battery power) and 3 new models of electric scooters at the Eurobike International Bicycle Trade Fair held in Friedrichshafen, Germany on August 31, 2006.
The company will unveil its complete product range in the US at Interbike in Las Vegas, Nevada, later in September.
We are very excited to be introducing these new hybrid electric bikes and scooters that will literally change the way people move. These are some of the most energy-efficient, economical powered vehicles available today.
They are also quite unique in that they don’t look like an electric bicycle that traditionally has unconventional shapes and bulky battery compartments. At first pass, you will not think they are electric powered.—Larry Pizzi, President and CEO
Currie builds electric scooters and hybrid bicycles under the their own brand—IZIP—and various licensed brands including Schwinn and Mongoose. The bicycles and electric scooters utilize the company’s proprietary Electro-Drive propulsion systems and advanced lightweight battery technologies.
In 2006, Currie introduced its hybrid power scheme using its proprietary PTS (pedal torque sensor), plus other innovations such as lithium-ion power, easy plug-and-play rack mounted battery-equipped bikes, and more models of patented Direct Drive scooters with lowered maintenance and higher reliability.