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

 

Winter Battery Care – Electric Bikes

With replacement costs for some lithium ion batteries approaching $1,000, it makes sense to invest a bit of time caring for them!  Once you’ve parked your bike for the Canadian winter, it most likely will 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.

A lithium ion battery will slowly discharge over time as it sits in storage.  If a battery is allowed to fully discharge, this will stress the cells in the battery, potentially irreparably damaging it.   At the least, you will reduce the capacity and life of the battery.  During normal riding, most electric bike batteries have a battery management system (BMS) which switches off the electrical system when the voltage drops to a certain point i.e. the battery is not allowed to fully discharge and the cells are protected.   However, the BMS will not prevent a battery from slowly discharging as it sits in storage.  Therefore, it is important to ensure that your battery retains some charge over the winter months.  Unfortunately, it is not ideal to put your battery in storage with 100% charge as this can also put some stress on the cells.  The following actions are therefore recommended for battery care:

·         Store your battery with a partial charge, ideally 40-80%.  While charging, you can check the number of green lights on the battery indicator … aim for two-three lights (four lights is fully charged).  With the latest Wisper charger, switch the output switch on the back of the charger to ‘39V’ for the perfect storage charge.  If you have a multi-meter, its easy to check the output voltage on the battery terminals to make sure you’re somewhere between about 36V and 39V after charging;

·         Depending on how fully charged the battery was initially, it will normally take about 1-2 hours to give the recommended partial charge;

·         If you end up charging your battery to 100% (the green light on the charging unit comes on), go for a ride to discharge it partially before storing the battery;

·         Check your battery every couple of months of storage and give it a top up if the battery indicator has dropped to one light (or the measured voltage has dropped below about 34V).  If you don’t have a battery indicator, it’s probably a good idea to charge the battery for about an hour every couple of months.  Again, be careful not to put the battery away fully charged;

·         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

 

 

New Pedego Electric Bikes Revealed at Interbike

Pedego has added two exciting new models to its range of electric bikes, and further developed the comfort cruiser series.  Both the ‘City Commuter’ and ‘Electric Trike’ series were revealed at the recent Interbike show in Las Vegas.  In addition, a 24” version of the popular Comfort Cruiser bike was introduced to cater to smaller riders.

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As expected from Pedego (where style ‘rules’!), the City Commuter is a really classy looking bike!  I rode the bike on the indoor test track at the Vegas show, and while there no hills to really put it through its paces, the bike felt excellent!  The bikes will be in production by the end of the year and will come with powerful 500W geared motors … so no shortage of power!  The bikes will have both independent throttle (as per the Pedego Comfort Cruisers) and a pedal assist system.  With a retail price of just under $2,000, it looks like Pedego is continuing with its philosophy of providing top quality bikes at a great price.

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Finally an electric trike that looks great and works!  Pedego have spent a couple of years perfecting this bike, and it shows!  One of the key problems for trikes is stability, or lack thereof.  After having ridden this bike at speed on the test track at Vegas, I can vouch for its stability relative to all other trikes I have tried.  The 36V 10Ah battery is housed in the cargo compartment behind the seat, along with ample space for your shopping.  The bike is powered by a 350W geared motor with a good amount of power for getting up the hills.  The stability of the bike is due to a rear drive differential and the 20” wheels.  The bike is just narrow enough to fit through a standard doorway.  It looks like a great product that will satisfy the demand out there for a good quality trike.

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The response to the Pedego bikes at the show was great and its easy to see why they are the number two best-selling electric bike in the States.  Check out the dealer page on our website to find the nearest dealer to you in Canada.  If there isn’t a dealer near you, we will ship you a bike free of charge.

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