Bosch’s PowerTube 400 battery lends a sleeker look to 2020 e-bikes, while its handlebar-mounted SmartphoneHub shows basic riding data and offers a smartphone mount. Bosch Most e-bikes you’ll see on the roads and trails these days have bulky batteries on the tube behind the front wheel and hefty motors built into the hub where the pedals attach. But electric bike powerhouse Bosch is going for a trimmer look with a new suite of components that’ll debut for the 2020 bike season.E-bikes rely on battery power to boost to your pedaling or give you a motorcycle-like throttle. Plenty of cyclists see them as something of an affront to purely human-powered bikes, but they’re steadily spreading as part of the electric revolution sweeping personal transport. E-bikes cut down on the sweat factor on bike commutes into work and extend your speed and range on the trails. It’s electric! Mountain bike racing gets recharged Now playing: Watch this: Bosch Electric mountain bikes are racing ahead The battery and motor make them heavy — often 50 pounds for eMTBs (electric mountain bikes) that more often weigh something like 30 pounds. And the electric components can be awkwardly clunky.Bosch’s new 7.7-pound PowerTube 625 and 6.3-pound PowerTube 400 batteries are designed to offer a “slim and clean look,” Bosch said in announcing the products Tuesday. They have capacities of 625 and 400 watt-hours, and a pair of PowerTube 625 can be linked for 1,250wH.Also new for 2020 are five motors from the German manufacturer:The 6.3-pound Performance CX motor is for mountain bikers who want to be able to ride uphill faster. It’s got a freewheel mode so it doesn’t slow down pedaling when not in use.The Performance Cruise delivers 65 newton-meters of torque and can reach speeds of 20mph. It’s good for tourers, sporty types and some mountain bikers.The Performance Speed, which delivers 75 newton-meters of torque and can reach speeds of 28mph, is best for commuters.The Cargo is designed for cargo bikes that when fully loaded weigh up to 550 pounds. It’s good for speeds up to 20mph.The Cargo Speed is similar but can handle 28mph speeds.Bosch’s new Performance Cargo motor will enable 2020 e-bikes that can handle a load (including the rider) of 550 pounds. Bosch Bosch also announced a handlebar-mounted device called the SmartphoneHub that can link bike data to smartphone apps like Strava and give navigation directions. It has a display for basic information, but can link to phones with the Cobi.bike app. It’s got a mounting system for snapping phones into place, too.Bosch also is modifying its software in an attempt to thwart tuning — tweaks that bike owners sometimes apply to circumvent speed restrictions. 29 Photos Sport and Outdoors Roadshow 2 Comments Tags Share your voice 1:25
A series of reactions have started pouring in following the 2015-16 Union Budget. Earlier presenting the national budget for the next fiscal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday said the state of the country’s economy was better placed today with its credibility re-established by a series of measures taken by his government.”I am presenting the union budget in an economic environment which is far more positive than in the recent past. While major economies of the world face difficulties, India is poised for higher growth trajectory,” Jaitley said as he started his budget speech in the Lok Sabha, reports IANS.Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the Budget was progressive, pragmatic and practical.Here are some of the comments by other BJP leaders:Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said the union budget has given the “highest priority” to infrastructure that will boost employment in the country.”This is the first time in the Indian history the FM (finance minister) has given highest priority to the infrastructure,” Gadkari told reporters outside Parliament House.”Investment in infrastructure will boost employment opportunities, give priority to rural development and agriculture,” he added.Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar termed the budget as a historical one, saying: “It has given social security to all. It’s of the poor, for the poor.”Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani praised Jaitley for giving importance to girls’ education. She said it is “a pragmatic budget that gives lot of thrust on infrastructure, skill, innovation, girls’ education.”According to Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, the budget is in the interest of the people of the country. “Steps have been taken to control inflation and increase investment.”Budget pragmatic, will re-ignite growth, says Modi Budget pragmatic, will re-ignite growth, says Modi Prime Minist… http://t.co/1MaFhWhNGO— 9ijaNews (@9ijaNews) February 28, 2015
People gather around a school bus after it collided with a train in Uttar Pradesh, India on 26 April 2018. Photo: Reuters.Thirteen children were killed on Thursday when a school van collided with a train at an unmanned railway crossing in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a police official said.Eight children were injured and taken hospital, said the official, adding there were 22 children in the vehicle.The accident took place early in the morning when the children were on their way to school. The van collided with the Siwan-Gorakhpur passenger train, but the cause of the accident is not yet known, the police official said.This is the second major accident involving school children in a little over two weeks.At least 24 children and three adults were killed when a school bus plunged off a mountain road in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh on 9 April.