Team Pedego – Kelowna, BC

Doug and the team about to conquer the hills around Kelowna on their new Pedego electric bikes ..

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Interview with Owner of Pedego Electric Bikes

Interesting background information on Pedego and where they are heading for the future …

http://electricbikereport.com/interview-pedego-electric-bikes-owner-don-dicostanzo/

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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

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Pedego Electric Bikes in Canada

Voltage Bikes is proud to announce the addition of the exciting Pedego electric bike brand to our distribution business.  Pedego are the number two best-selling electric bikes in the USA, and the fastest growing brand!  The cool factor is definitely there, with retro styling and numerous colour options.  If you want a bright orange bike, with a leather seat, matching rims and crème ‘Fat Frank’ tires … then Pedego is for you!  The funky styles along with Pedego’s great reputation for reliability and service backup make it obvious why the brand has done so well in the USA, and in such a short time.

And now the bikes are coming to Canada!  Pedego bikes are already available at Ezriders in Toronto (www.ezriders.ca) and E-ride in London (www.eridelondon.ca), with the network expanding rapidly!  In the interim, if you want to get hold of a Pedego bike and there isn’t a dealer near you, we will ship it to you for free!   Give us a call toll-free on 1-888-777-2066 or email us at info@voltagebikes.ca

For information on the bikes, go to www.pedego.com    A Canadian version of this website will be up and running in the near future.

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