EVELO Announces 4,000 Mile Trans-American Electric Bike Tour

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Team will average 1,000 MPG cross-country with electric bicycles

With the cost of gasoline at a record high and public transportation fares increasing, can you imagine a vehicle travelling up to 1,000 miles for the cost of a gallon of gas? We can. EVELO, Inc. (http://www.evelo.com), a New-York-based electric bicycle company, is launching an electric bike line and will prove the claim by sending a team to ride 4,000 miles from New York to San Francisco. The real cost of the energy? Less than $20 worth of electricity.

Electric bicycles contain an integrated electric motor and battery and can travel up to 40 miles on a single charge costing 6-10 cents. The rider can switch between pure pedaling, pedal-assist, or electric-only modes.

The Trans-American Electric Bike Tour (http://www.transamericanelectricbiketour.com) will promote electric bikes (or e-bikes) as an alternative mode of transportation for commuting and recreation. The tour departs April 7, 2012 from New York City and ends in San Francisco two months later, with stops at more than 15 cities to host presentations and talks. Coinciding with Earth Week in April and Bike to Work Week in May, the tour will help raise awareness of how electric bikes can make a bike-centered commute possible in any terrain and ease the transition for those wanting to exercise by bike.

Team members Boris Mordkovich and Anna Mostovetsky are long-time cyclists and proponents of environmentally friendly, efficient, green transportation. They will travel the entire journey on two electric bicycles provided by EVELO, pulling Burley trailers for gear and supplies. The bikes are equipped with NuVinci® drivetrains to ease shifting, optimize motor performance and ultimately increase battery range. The initiative is also sponsored by Airbnb.com, a global network of local accommodations.

“Over the last decade, electric bike use has grown by leaps and bounds, becoming an integral way of transportation in much of Europe and Asia,” says Boris Mordkovich, co-founder of EVELO and Trans-American team leader. “Our objective is to show US consumers the electric bicycle technology that the rest of the world has fully embraced.”

To learn more about the tour and electric bicycles, and to see if the tour will travel through your city, join in the conversation at http://www.transamericanelectricbiketour.com and http://www.EVELO.com.

About EVELO Electric Bicycles

EVELO Electric Bicycle Company develops long-range, stylish electric bicycles for recreation and commuting. Their mission is to get more people cycling more often by making bicycles accessible and simple to use. Learn more about EVELO at http://www.EVELO.com.

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