Have you been considering adding an electric bike to your transit options? Now may be the time. Pedaling to work with more tempo is possible thanks to the “world’s most affordable electric bike,” the Wave ebike. With high-quality specs at one very low price ($549), the Wave eBike offers features that one anticipates in higher-cost electric bikes priced around $2,000 to $3,000.
Right now, the Wave eBike is about half the price of the next-lowest-priced electric bike with the same performance.
The Wave ebike breezes up to speeds of 28 MPH. A single charge will go >50 miles. The ebike provides long range and high speed.
The campaign is available for funding at Indiegogo.com through June 1, 2015:
“We wanted to create a bike with a utilitarian purpose. The Wave eBike allows riders to switch between electric, hybrid or manual, without having to purchase multiple bikes,” says founder Aaron Brady. “This way, the one-time cost of the IndieGoGo campaign is all you need to spend for three separate bikes. Also, by riding a Wave eBike helps the environment in a fun and unique way.”
Features: The Wave ebike sports a Powerful Hub Motor and a long-lasting Samsung battery. It is 100% street legal (except in New York City, where electric bikes and scooters are not street legal). The Wave eBike’s standard 48-volt, 750-watt hub motor reportedly requires no maintenance.
Equipped with a 48-volt 12-Amp hour (Ah) battery with Samsung cells that takes you about 50% longer than most electric bikes, the Wave ebike tests reached ranges of over 52 miles on a single charge with pedal assist.
Look around at other eBikes and you will find out how inordinately low this intro price is — wooing bicyclists as “the world’s most affordable electric bike ever.” When it does go to market (remember that $549 is the Indiegogo price) and becomes $999, it will still be low — especially considering the Wave ebike’s top speed and range. You do not need a license to go wherever your Wave eBike takes you. Any rider is in compliance with all the rules of the road (except in NYC).
Here are some more details on the ebike: “The Wave eBike was designed around the concept of a typical beach cruiser, with added comfort and durability (not to mention the battery and motor to make it an electric bike).” It has fully cross-functional tires. Thus, the Wave eBike allows you to ride through urban areas, along the beach, and just about everywhere and anywhere you find inside or outside your neighborhood.The Indiegogo page notes that the bike can take on a variety of surfaces: sand, grass, dirt, or pavement.
Pedal or unwind, “It is only the twist of the throttle and cruise is electrically on. The maximum range comes alive if bicyclist uses hybrid mode by pedaling while using the electric motor.” Besides the new color options, there is solar panel charging, bigger batteries, more seat options, LCD, and cruise control. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions, the Wave ebike’s smooth electric style can replace larger commuter vehicles for some people. For more information, visit www.waveelectricbike.com.
Estimates are that around 185,000 e-bikes were sold in the US in 2013, according to the Electric Bikes Worldwide Report (EWBR). The Wave eBike is “the next wave,” so to speak — stimulus of an affordable bike revolution.
California (and many other) cities are working to increase ebiking to offset traffic congestion and pollution. Take a Wave ebike to Los Angeles or the steep hills of San Francisco and you are one of many bicyclists. However, as hinted above, one metropolitan area may be missing the mark. EVObssesion reports: “One of the biggest potential markets for eBikes, New York City, actually bans the sale and ownership of eBikes, though Los Angeles has moved in the opposite direction, embracing motorized cycles as an alternative to its epic traffic congestion.”
With most areas increasing bicyclists, one could also think of getting into the electric bike business and selling this beauty or goods/services related to it, as Derek Markham suggests in Green Business Ideas: Electric Bike Shop.
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