The new 2×4 bicycle from NTS Works has an electric assist motor and a flat cargo bed in front that can carry up to eight grocery bags. The manufacturer is marketing it to RVers as a replacement for the small cars that motorhome owners tow to run errands.
The bike, which is slightly larger than a conventional bicycle, has an electric assist motor powered by a lithium ion battery. The battery is about the size of a brick and holds 500 watt-hours of energy. The manufacturer estimates that you could ride 10,000 miles at an electricity cost of $22.
NTS Works in Santa Cruz, California, was founded by Neal and Lisa Saiki, who also founded the electric motorcycle company, Zero Motorcycles. Their new 2×4 bicycle has an innovative steering system designed to produce the effect of power steering and make it easy to turn the handlebars even with 100 pounds of cargo over the front wheel.
Other features include a lightweight aircraft aluminum frame; a USB port for charging lights, phones and navigation systems, and a sealed rear transmission for low maintenance. The bearings are sealed for life and intended to be maintenance free. The bike retails for $4,500. For information, visit ntsworks.com.