Magicycle Ocelot Pro, Apollo Pro, E-Bikes in Ukraine/Russia War, & More

Magicycle Ocelot Pro E-Bike

On the heels of last week’s fat tire e-bike release by G-FORCE, we have news of yet another promising new model. It was a big week of news for growing e-bike start-up Magicycle, which announced the launch of two brand new e-bike models – its Ocelot Pro fat tire model and a highly-anticipated urban commuter. Both electric bike models are currently available for pre-order and slated for delivery in late July or August 2022.

Meanwhile, Montreal-based Apollo has launched its new high-performance Pro electric scooter model. A feature-packed, high-end model, the Apollo Pro will undoubtedly be an in-demand best-seller for the brand, and Apollo is currently accepting pre-order reservations for the model. The Pro has an MSRP of $3,599 and is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2023.

Also this week, we’ll learn how Ukrainian fighters are using e-bikes in its ongoing conflict with Russia, why Minneapolis housing inspectors are swapping their sports utility vehicles for eco-friendly Rad Power e-bikes, and a new United States Postal Service pilot program that is testing out electric bikes for more efficient and environmentally-friendly mail delivery.

Also this week, how Ukrainian fighters are using e-bikes during the ongoing conflict with Russia, Minneapolis housing inspectors swapping their sports utility vehicles for eco-friendly Rad Power e-bikes, and United States Postal Service testing out electric bikes for more efficient and environmentally-friendly mail delivery.

And now, for this week’s micromobility news:

Magicycle Launches Ocelot Pro Fat Tire Electric Bike

Magicycle Ocelot Pro

Magicycle, a Chongqing, China-based e-bike start-up, expanded its highly-popular electric bike lineup this week with the launch of its new Ocelot Pro model. A fat tire e-bike designed for rugged, all-terrain adventuring, the Ocelot Pro packs a 750W rear hub motor (96Nm of torque) and 52V 20Ah LG battery.

Capable of delivering an impressive 80-mile range, this tough e-bike rides on 20″ x 4″ fat bike tires and features an easy-access step-through frame. There’s also a full-color LCD display, Tektro front and rear hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors, and rear cargo rack for hauling shopping bags, gear, and more.

The Ocelot Pro is priced at $2,199 and is currently on sale as part of a special pre-order promotion. Magicycle lists an estimated shipping date of August 2022. You can also stack the coupon code RECHARGE1 for an extra $100 off your order or use RECHARGE3 for $300 off the purchase of two e-bikes. To take advantage of these limited-time promotional codes, just click the link above, add the bike(s) to your shopping cart, and then enter the appropriate coupon code while checking out. Additionally, shipping is free.

The Release of Magicycle's Commuter Step Over E-Bike

Magicycle Commuter

Magicycle made headlines once again this week with the release of their highly-anticipated urban commuter model. Available in an eye-catching metallic gold finish dubbed, “Dawn Yellow”, the stylish Magicycle Commuter Step Over is a lightweight, single-speed e-bike that features front and rear fenders, a stealthy downtube-integrated 52V 7Ah battery, 350W rear hub motor, and 180mm mechanical disc brakes. A dramatic departure from the brand’s previous fat tire, all-terrain models, the Commuter Step Over brings something radically different to Magicycle fans and we anticipate that it will be a highly popular model.

As with Magicycle’s other electric bike models, the Commuter Step Over includes a generous 2-year warranty and 15-day return window. The MSRP is listed at $1,699 and the company has the bike on sale at the moment as part of a special pre-launch discount promotion.

Apollo Pro Scooter Announced and Now Available for Pre-Order

Apollo Pro

Montreal-based Apollo announced their new Apollo Pro electric scooter this week, a model that’s being billed as ‘the ultimate luxury scooter experience’.

The all-new Apollo Pro features an exclusive phone-as-display feature, powerful regenerative braking, 360-degree lighting for next-level safety and low-light visibility, premium unibody frame, and 12-inch self-healing tires. This top-shelf model is also capable of delivering high-end performance, with a 43 mph top speed and 62-mile range.

Apollo is currently taking pre-launch reservations for the scooter. The Apollo Pro is priced at $3,599 with an expected shipping date of Q1 2023.

How E-Bikes are Being Used in the Ongoing Ukraine/Russian Conflict

E-Bikes in Ukraine/Russia War

As the ongoing conflict in Ukraine seems to show no signs of abating, Ukrainian forces are now using electric bikes to combat Russian troops.

According to The Washington Post,  electric bikes are being provided to Ukraine’s military forces by Ukrainian e-bike company ELEEK. The e-bikes are being finished in military green with a small Ukrainian flag graphic positioned on the rear wheel, and they’re fitted with fat tires for improved all-terrain handling and performance.

Much quieter and lighter than motorcycles, these stealthy, easy-to-maneuver electric bikes weigh in at 140 lbs and don’t show up on thermal imaging systems which helps them avoid detection. To date, the e-bikes have reportedly been highly effective at providing reconnaissance support and carrying out covert sniper attacks on Russian troops.

A Sneap Peek at ELEEK's Atom E-Bike (VIDEO)

Eleek Atom

MN Housing Inspectors Swap SUVs for Rad Power E-Bikes

Housing Inspectors on Rad Power Bikes

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that housing inspectors in Minneapolis, MN are now reportedly trading in their SUVs for Rad Power electric bikes. The city’s small fleet of five Rad Power e-bikes is making it make it much easier for inspectors to zip around rush hour traffic and city parking problems have largely been eliminated. The city’s inspectors are reporting that the eco-friendly electric bikes provide a much more enjoyable commuting experience and they deliver enough power and range to quickly reach any property in the city.

Since the beginning of 2022, Minneapolis’ housing inspectors have reportedly logged more than 1,200 miles on their Rad Power rides and the e-bikes are being used year-round.

USPS Tests Electric Bike Mail Delivery

The United States Postal Service is following Europe’s example (and UPS, and Amazon) by testing mail delivery using high-efficiency, eco-friendly electric bikes.

According to Micah over at Electrek, the USPS commissioned Montana-based Coaster Cycles to build the three-wheeled cargo e-bikes utilizing the company’s Freighter AV platform. The bikes feature a Bosch Cargo Line mid-drive system that puts out 85Nm of torque.

The bikes are currently being tested and the results will be analyzed to determine their viability for wider use.

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