What is an electric bicycle?
There are currently two categories of electric bicycles:
Ebike - the motor is activated by turning the throttle. As such, there is no need for pedaling. You can, however, still pedal while using the throttle and decide just how much assistance you want.
EPAC - the motor can only be activated as you pedal by means of a motion or torque sensor.
We offer both kinds of electric bikes and models with a combination of the two.
How fast will an electric bicycle go?
Generally speaking, 16-20 mph, depending on the terrain and weight of the rider.
What are the legal issues involved in owning one?
The US Senate passed SR 1156 clearing the way for the legal defination of an electric bicycle. The law assigned the governance of electric bicycles to The Consumer Product Safety Commission who defines an electric bicycle as having two pedals, and the capability of being propelled by those pedals, an electric motor of no more than 750 watts, a top speed (on motor only) of 20 mph. We put in the controls and motor specifications to meet such requirements. Our electric bicycles do not have to be registered as motorized vehicles.
What is the electrical consumption like?
Next to nothing. Electric bicycles are the most energy/cost-efficient transport. 1kw will get you about 100 kms - that's about 25 - 50 cents, even the food you'll need to that distance on a regular bike will cost more.
What kinds of battery are available and how long can I use bicycle before the battery runs out?
Our bikes use a Li Ion Polymer battery with a rating of 37V 10Ah or 370 Wh. It is intrinsically safe and there is all the protection that is required from an excellent Battery Management Circuit. The lightness at 3.1 kgs for the entire battery with casing and circuit. 1 year warranty with 70% retention of original capacity.
Can I climb hills with this bicycle?
Absolutely!! With eZee, you'll have no worries tackling grades at all; a simple pedal assist should get you up most grades, making your job even easier than most conventional 21 gears bicycles.
What size or power of the motor is needed and what is best?
For a person from 150 - 200 lbs., it only takes about 150 - 180 watts to move at a speed of 24 km/h on level roads. Therefore a motor of 180 to 250 watts should be more than sufficient and when you combine your own muscle power to that of the motor.
A good electric bicycle depends on both the motor and the controller working in harmony. Acceleration, torque, maximum output, assistance factor are the real the judges of what a good electric bicycle should do.
What about sales support?
We do our best to ensure that you will enjoy your bicycle for many years to come. If you should ever have any questions or concerns, please call us at 603-778-1402.