Cascais eBikers welcome new solar charging stations

<a href="http://www.cm-cascais.pt/cascais" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.cm-cascais.pt/cascais" ;="" font-weight:bold;="" text-decoration:underline;"="" target="_blank">Cascais</a> (Portugal) is the proud new owner of two solar-powered charging stations. The set is the first of its kind to be installed in Portugal and each unit is equipped with four electric bikes. These will be integrated into the city’s free public bicycle sharing scheme, which currently boasts 60 regular bicycles, accounting for an average 27,000 trips per year.<br> <br> Partially funded by Dena, the German Energy Agency which promotes German renewable energy companies on an international level, the new charging stations emit no CO₂ or other pollutants under normal running conditions.</p> <p>Once fully charged, the bikes can run for about 70 km. Moreover, their top speed of 25 km/h and seven gear mechanism, coupled with the relatively smooth terrain of Cascais, makes the new bicycles an ideal choice for most trips within the municipality.</p> <p><em>NB: Press Cutting Service<br> This article is culled from daily press coverage from around the world. It is posted on the Urban Gateway by way of keeping all users informed about matters of interest. The opinion expressed in this article is that of the author and in no way reflects the opinion of UN-HABITAT.</em></p> <p></p>