Canadian Pedego Dealer of the Year Award

Congratulations to Pedego Qualicum Beach who are the Pedego dealer of the year for Canada! The award was presented at a global Pedego dealer meeting in California recently.

Pedego Qualicum Beach opened its doors in March of this year and since then the response from their local community has been amazing. With their passion for electric bikes and quality of service, Ruby and Julie have created a family of happy Pedego customers across Vancouver Island. We are very excited to see what they can do in 2015!

Well done Ruby, Julie and the Qualicum Beach team! Check our their website at http://www.pedegoqb.ca/

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About Pedego Electric Bikes
Pedego®, the world’s most renowned electric bicycle, built its reputation by creating chic bicycles outfitted with the latest in electric bike technology. Pedego’s commitment to innovation has led to worldwide acclaim for their leading-edge design. Their many stylish electric bike models, such as the Pedego City Commuter, offer a cost-effective and green alternative for transportation, exercise, recreation and fun … without worrying about hills or headwinds! Hailing from Orange County, California, Pedego Electric Bikes is one of the fastest growing electric bicycle companies in the world.  Pedego Electric Bikes are available at dealers across Canada. Check out this link for a list of dealers:

http://www.voltagebikes.ca/electric-bike-dealers-canada

12 Days of Christmas – Pedego Electric Bike Giveaway!

In the spirit of the holidays, participating Pedego Electric Bikes dealers across the United States and Canada are offering a “12 Days of Christmas” electric bicycle giveaway.

Win a new Pedego electric bike.

Beginning on December 12, Pedego will begin giving away one electric bike each day for 12 days. Once a day, someone will win a beautiful new Red Step-thru Pedego Comfort Cruiser with a powerful 36-volt, 10 ah lithium ion battery and white wall tires.  This will look perfect under the Christmas tree!

To enter, check in with your local Pedego electric bike dealer.  A list of Pedego dealers in Canada can be found here:

http://voltagebikes.ca/electric-bike-dealers-canada

If you don’t have a Pedego electric bike dealer close to you, enter at the following link:

www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/12days-2/

Once you enter, you will also receive a coupon for a $100 discount on the purchase of a new Pedego electric bike at participating dealers.  This coupon can be redeemed up until 31 January 2015.  For more information on Pedego electric bikes in Canada, check out our website at:

www.voltagebikes.ca

Ford goes zero-emissions with a Pedego electric bike

Ford Motor Co., as part of its commitment to putting more lower-emission vehicles on the road, has done a deal with California-based electric bicycle company Pedego.

The result: a Ford-branded beach cruiser powered by an electric battery that buys the rider up to 20 miles of pedal-free operation — or longer, if the rider pedals part of the time.

Pedego's Ford Super Cruiser

The original impulse, the auto company said, came from Executive Chairman Bill Ford, who has encouraged the company to reimagine the future of transportation.

Two years ago, a Ford representative approached Pedego and asked the company to build a bike.

Pedego Electric Bikes got its start in 2006, when co-founder Don DiCostanzo bought an electric bike so he wouldn’t have to pedal uphill on his way back from the beach. He didn’t like the bike he bought, so he built his own.

Read the full LA Times article here:

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-ford-pedego-electric-bike-20141023-story.html

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Winner of Pedego Electric Bike, Nelson BC

We recently gave away a brand new 48V Pedego City Commuter electric bike! Congratulations to Drea Pittam of Nelson. Drea was one of the attendees at the recent Nelson Green Home and Energy Show. Pretty sweet door prize! Thanks to EcoSave and the other show sponsors for making it happen! It was an excellent show with a wide range of exhibitors helping people to green up their lives. Best way to do that is hop on a bicycle!

Drea Pittam, winner of a 48V City Commuter electric bike along with Carmen Proctor of EcoSave and Mike Clyde of Voltage Bikes.

Drea Pittam, winner of a 48V City Commuter electric bike along with Carmen Proctor of EcoSave and Mike Clyde of Voltage Bikes.

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Winter Battery Care – Electric Bikes

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 With replacement costs for some lithium ion batteries approaching $1,000, it makes sense to invest a bit of time caring for them!  If you park your bike for the winter (for those of us that have one!), it will most likely sit until the snow melts in spring.  A few easy actions now will ensure that your battery is rearing to go then, and for years to come.  I’ve tried to keep this article as simple as possible.  For further information on lithium ion battery care, check out the link at the bottom of this post.  The following actions are recommended for winter care of lithium ion batteries:

 ·         Charge your battery before you put it away for storage.  A lithium-ion battery will slowly discharge over time, even when you’re not using it.  If you store battery with a low charge, come spring the voltage may have dropped to the point where the battery will no longer work.  This can cause irreparable cell damage.

·         Ideally, the battery should be stored at slightly less than 100%, although this is much less crucial than preventing the charge from dropping too low.  If you end up charging your battery to 100% (the green light on the charging unit comes on), go for a short ride to discharge it partially before storing the battery.  Some chargers have a lower ‘storage’ voltage setting so you just switch to this setting before charging;

·         Check your battery every couple of months of storage and give it a top up if the battery indicator has dropped to one or two lights (out of four).  If you don’t have a battery indicator, it’s probably a good idea to charge the battery for about an hour every few months.  Again, try not to put the battery away fully charged (but don’t worry too much if this happens!);

·         Ideally, the battery should be stored in a cool place.  Significantly elevated temperatures over prolonged periods can reduce battery capacity.  Also avoid freezing the battery.

 Correct storage of your battery as detailed above will significantly increase the lifespan of your battery.  A well maintained lithium battery will last up to five years, whereas a poorly maintained battery can be badly damaged over just one winter!

 For more detailed information on batteries and how to care for them, check out the excellent online resource at the following link:

 http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries

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