Technology Travel — 17 February 2011
Hawaiian tourists sightsee Oahu Island on Sanyo hybrid bicycles

Hawaiian tourists sightsee Oahu Island on Sanyo hybrid bicycles

Sanyo’s award-winning eneloop bike, a pedal-assist synergetic hybrid bicycle, is being used in Hawaii to provide an alternative method of transportation for tourists and locals.

The Sanyo eneloop bike won the Best of Innovations Award at CES 2010. Collaborating with Assist the World of Green, LLC., Sanyo’s eneloop bike will be available in bike rental shops.

Two eneloop bikes, the CY-SPA600NA and the CY-SPH600NA, have been available since January 2011 as rental bicycles.

Consumers are looking to continue their eco-friendly ways even while on vacation. These bikes make it fun, affordable, healthy and eco-friendly is to ride an electric bike around the islands.

The award-winning Sanyo e-bike uses a combination of pedal-power and battery-power to help riders go further and easily maneuver hills.

The bicycle riders experience a unique ‘lighter than air’ feeling offered by the eneloop bike. ‘eneloop’ is a word combining both “energy” and “looping,” and the bicycle is based on the concept of its ‘looping charge function’ that offers regenerative coasting and braking, recharging the battery while in motion.

In addition, the synergetic hybrid bicycle is also designed for a safer, more stable ride. Because the rider has to pedal to maintain the battery charge they have a healthier lifestyle option that maintains their flexibility.

“Hawaii is filled with such beautiful scenery, the best way to experience the magic of the islands is to be outdoors among the flowers, greenery, and coastal areas. This experience is enriched by seeing the interior of the islands on a bicycle which makes it easier to pause and enjoy the surroundings,” said Mr. Murata, President of Sanyo North America. “It’s also an easy way to save money while on vacation as bike rentals are less costly than automobiles and with no gas to buy,” Murata commented.

“Vacationers can work off the extra pounds from all the good food they eat on the island,” he added.

Maintaining the beauty of the islands and clean air is a priority for Hawaiians. One way this can be achieved is by decreasing the number of vehicles on the road. By renting a Sanyo eneloop bicycle, tourists and locals can enjoy the island while respecting its environment.

Assist the World of Green, LLC. has set up a network of bike rentals where people can rent the bike in one location and return it to another so they don’t have to pedal back to the original rental destination. People who ride bikes such as the eneloop bike can save money, do something good for their health, do something good for the environment and maintain their flexibility.

The eneloop bike features a regenerative charging system similar to hybrid automobiles, which allows the bike to re-generate energy, replenishing part of its power needs through regenerative coasting and braking. The bike is equipped to not only generate energy but to store energy as well, thereby eliminating emissions and encouraging the preservation of the natural environment.

The power available from its engine is also powerful enough to assist weaker riders on hills and steep inclines, allowing for a light and pleasant riding experience. The eneloop bike, CY-SPA600NA won the Best of Innovations award at CES 2010, receiving the highest overall score in the Eco-Design & Sustainable Technology category.

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