Gadget news trend for 2012 will be electric bikes. Rising fuel prices, economic uncertainty, and a growing demand from BRIC countries will make 2012 the year of the electric bike. Daimler AG’s Smart division, known for its matchbox-size cars, plans to start selling an electric bicycle in 2012, according to Daimler officials. The move could enable Daimler to jump ahead of competitors such as BMW AG, Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus and Volkswagen AG that have also shown interest in similar electric two-wheelers. These auto makers have all displayed electric bike and electric motorcycle concepts at recent auto shows , but none of them has disclosed plans for volume production or sales for theses gadgets.