An Electric Bike Event with Pedego Qualicum Beach

An electric bike event with Pedego Qualicum Beach on Monday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay, BC.

Pedego Qualicum Beach

The pedal-assist bicycle trend is offering Comox Valley residents much more than an environmental transportation option, it is bringing smiles and joy to pedalling even in the face of hills and long distances. Join the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition on Monday, Nov.  10, at 7 p.m. at the Filberg Centre in Courtenay to learn how to get a little assistance when cycling in the Comox Valley.

This is an opportunity for both cyclists and non-cyclists to discover what new bike technologies are trending, and see some electric bike options. The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition invites you to meet-up in an informal social setting. We plan to have fun while giving you food for thought on new ways you may choose to get around your community in the future.

Pedego Bikes Qualicum Beach offers bikes that were engineered not to mimic other bikes but rather to provide specific support for a transportation alternative. Their bikes offer people new cycling choices whether for fun and recreation or for the economics of replacing a car with a bike.  Their pedal-assist bikes will help you propel past personal obstacles including hills, injuries, training, and operational costs while allowing you to feel good about your personal health and “green” lifestyle.

Julie and Ruby, owners of Pedego Bikes QB, are looking forward to showing you three of their electric bikes – the Trail Tracker, the Comfort Cruiser and the Interceptor 2.

See the link below for the full article:

http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/281656781.html

http://www.voltagebikes.ca

Pedego Victoria Store Features on TV

Pedego electric bikes and our new Pedego-branded store in Victoria, BC are the stars in this story shown on Shaw TV recently!  The new store in Oak Bay has been getting a great response from customers, many of whom have never encountered an electric bike before.  Check out the story for some excellent background on Pedego and electric bikes in general.

http://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

http://www.voltagebikes.ca

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

 www.voltagebikes.ca