Let’s be clear about something first: I have nothing against electric bicycles. They serve a purpose for people who want or need them.
But, really, giving a green award to an electric bicycle is like giving a green award to a Hummer over a Prius. An electric bicycle is less green than a regular bicycle.
Now I understand we’re talking about a consumer electronics show here and that, well, to be in the show a gadget must use electricity and that if one is going to give a green award for a vehicle that uses electricity, then, well, giving it to this bicycle is a good thing, I suppose.
Just don’t expect me to praise this contraption as green. What it is is useful for those who need electric assistance. And, from the looks of it, the Eneloop bicycle has the kinds of features that I think a good utility bicycle ought to have (hoo-ray for that!). So, really, this appears to me to be an excellent choice for someone who wants or needs an electric-assist utility bicycle.
But green? Naaaaaaaa. I think we ought to guard that term a bit more jealously.