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All aboard! An electric scooter craze is sweeping the nation! They’re everywhere—from TV shows and movies to real-life kids and grown-ups doing everything from zipping up the block to running local errands and, yes, even commuting to work. Students and professors alike are using electric scooters to zoom across campus, and vacationers are discovering the joy of keeping an electric scooter on their RV or boat. Even active seniors are using them to get around town.

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Renewable Energy Provided 99% of All New Electricity Capacity in the United States During the Month of October PDF Print E-mail
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99-renewableEven though the United States has not tacitly agreed to cooperate with the rest of the globe's industrialized nations in a massive effort and pledge to reduce worldwide carbon emissions under the Kyoto Protocol, the nation does have something it can boast about. The federal Office of Energy Projects (OEP), under the auspices of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, reported recently that over 99 percent of all new electricity capacity generated in the nation came from renewable resources.

The United State's ever increasing reliance on biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar and wind power renewable resources are “to blame” for this claim. The OEP reports that 12 new solar units pushed out an impressive total of 504 megawatts of power, while four new biomass units produced an amazing 124 megawatts. Two new wind generators made 66 megawatts. The balance of the nation's electrical capacity, nearly one percent, was provided by oil, which accounts for a mere five megawatts, a drop in the bucket by any standards.

“As the threats posed by climate change grow increasingly more dire, renewable energy sources have clearly become a viable alternative to fossil fuels as well as nuclear power,” said Ken Bossong, Executive Director of the SUN DAY Campaign. “Accordingly, efforts by some at the state and national levels to roll back support for these sources are clearly misguided.”

 
X-Treme X-370 Electric Scooter Review PDF Print E-mail
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x-treme-370-electric-scooterX-Treme's popular X-370 Electric Scooter was my test drive today, and I have to say, this proved to be one sweet ride that is not only stylish, but is an affordable model that can fit almost any rider's needs.

The X-Treme X-370 is an upgraded version of the discontinued X-360 that offers riders higher quality components and superior design.

Powered by a beefy 350-watt, chain driven electric motor, the X-370 electric scooter can reach speeds of up to 21 mph, and can carry you as far as 20 miles on a single charge. The 3-cell battery pack pushes 36 volts, 30 amps to the rear wheel, where its closest competitors offer only two cells. When needed, the battery pack can be recharged in as little as 4-6 hours.

The X-Treme X-370 electric scooter is a classically styled one that boasts a durable ABS plastic “dolphin style” body which covers a super strong high tensile steel frame that can take a beating and come back for more. It's great looking, yes, but top quality components underneath the flash and dazzle assure you of a safe and reliable ride.

What goes fast must eventually go slow, and so the X-370's rear drum braking system offers a special inhibit safety feature that automatically disengages the throttle whenever the brake lever is pulled. Combined with the front suspension forks, the ultra-plush, spring loaded, shock absorbing seat assures you of a smooth ride as well.

 
X-Treme XMB-400 Electric Scooter Review PDF Print E-mail
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x-treme-xmb-400-elite-electric-mobility-scooterThe X-Treme XMB-400 Elite Folding Electric Mobility Scooter is this weeks featured review! My favorite Aunt Millie called me the other day, asking for some advice on getting a new mobility scooter, as she is fast growing too infirm these days to walk around very much. One of her most important criteria was that the scooter be comfortable enough to ride for any length of time, as she loves to window shop down Main Street, especially during the holiday season. Fortunately, as a scooter tester, I was able to find one that fit her needs quite well: X-Treme's new XMB-400.

This lightweight, portable scooter sports a cushy shelf style seat that is fully adjustable, and comes with padded back and arm rests too. And with its beefy two 12 volt, 12 amp batteries, the X-Treme XMB-400 Elite can move you up to 10 miles on a single charge. I knew too that she'd appreciate the front-mounted removable basket, which would be a real aid for easier holiday shopping.

But I wanted more. I wanted to make sure Aunt Millie stays safe while riding around, and that the scooter be portable enough for Uncle Bob to transport and store away for her when it's not needed. Fortunately, the XMB-400 Elite fits that bill quite nicely.

The X-Treme XMB-400 Electric Mobility Scooter's 180 watt electric motor has a top forward speed of 4 mph, and a reverse top speed of 2 mph. Acceleration is smooth, and the automatic braking system engages when you ease off the throttle, bringing you to an easy stop. No jolting or jostling about here.

 
X-Treme XB-300-SLA Electric Mountain Bicycle Review PDF Print E-mail
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x-treme-xb-300-sla-electric-mountain-bikeX-Treme's XB-300-SLA Electric Mountain Bicycle is perfect for you if you're new to the sport, or a novice user looking for a step up from the bare bones model you may have gotten when you first started riding.

I've never mountain biked before, but I was looking forward to trying it out with some experienced friends. They pointed me towards the XB-300-SLA Electric Mountain Bicycle, saying it was an affordable bike packed with high quality features not found on similar models.

One look at the X-Treme XB-300-SLA showed me the truth. Its 300 watt motor got me up to a top speed of 20 mph unassisted. Two 12 volt, 12 amp SLA batteries kept me moving for 10 miles, more if I pedaled.

Stripped down to the basics, the XB-300-SLA electric mountain bike is packed with quality components. The 18” steel frame is solid. Steel front forks with standard suspension take the pressure off landings, making the bike's ride a smooth and easy one. I appreciated the responsive handling of the aluminum alloy handlebars, which can take lots of twists and turns with ease.

The X-Treme XB-300-SLA has a 7-speed Shimano Tourney gear and shifter, a TZX-31 rear dérailleur, and gearbox. You can pedal, or you can use the Twist and Go (TAG) system for an extra boost to make it up a hill. When using the Pedal Assist (PA) mode, the engine comes on after every 360 degree rotation of the pedals, making pedaling easier.
 
TRX Personal Transporter Electric Scooter E1050 Review PDF Print E-mail
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trx-personal-transporter-e1050-scooterThe TRX E1050 Personal Transporter Electric Scooter is an ideal way for warehouse workers and security personnel to zip around large grounds or warehouses and avoid the obstacles that may come in their way as they do.

Two belt-driven 150 watt electric motors pack a 300 watt punch to move the TRX Personal Transporter along at speeds upward of 12 mph. The engines are fed by three 12 volt sealed lead acid batteries which provide the rider with a 15 mile range. When needed, recharge time is just 4-8 hours.

Built like a Segway, only better, the TRX E1050 has superior design features that vastly improve on the personal transporter model. A third wheel was added for stability and control, and the rear two pneumatic tires are assisted by a 125mm urethane wheel.

What's more, the TRX comes in at less than 1/10th the cost, and a fraction of the weight, of a traditional Segway. This alone makes it an ideal choice for those seeking personal transportation at an affordable price.

The TRX electric scooter has a quality frame made of high grade strong steel, covered by a durable ABS plastic body. The handlebars are made of a high quality and lightweight chromed aluminum, and with the two 8” pneumatic air tires in the rear, assisted by a 125mm urethane rear wheel, and the 15” pneumatic tire in front, the TRX E1050 can easily allow the rider to not only move along at a decent clip, but it can do a sustained wheelie and perform other scooter tricks as well, making it an ideal choice not only for professionals, but by casual users too.

 
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