Electric "Bike" with 60 Mile Range

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by mikem, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. mikem

    mikem Member

    No peddles on this electric "bike" that claims a 60 mile range but it still looks like it may have a lot to offer for alternative transportation.

    Check out the video at the bottom of the page on the first link below to see it in action. Looks like it could be a little top heavy but I suppose the battery pack could be reconfigured or down sized (something like the second model below which should have a much lower center of gravity).

    LongRanger Electric Bike
    Here's another model that may also have potential.
    Video at bottom of link.

    Silent Speedster Scooter Style

    Here's a push trailer ... video at bottom of link:


    More plans for more bikes on their home page:


    I haven't built or ridden any of these bikes so I can't comment on their road worthiness or safety ... they may or may not be OK ... just thought I'd pass along the site for discussion and "food for thought".
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2009

  2. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    You know the center of gravity on that first bike would be very close to the physical center of that battery stack. That's not really terribly high

    And if it really does have a sixty mile range, then it could be a practical vehicle. It could haul groceries or laundry in a trailer. At the cost of range, yes. But it has range to spare.
  3. mikem

    mikem Member

    What Kind of Batteries

    Do you think the batteries are just plain ol' wet cell "car" batteries?
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    that's what they looked like to me. But if they're automotive batteries, then they must be the smallest ones made.

    Maybe they're large ATV batteries? Or something like that. I'd be a bit more comfortable with the spill-proof types. But the cost would be a consideration.
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Looking at the photo a bit more, I'm gonna say that those are not auto batteries. Unless they were made for the three cylinder GEO or a Yugo or something.

    They look a bit more like larger versions of those dry type batteries that you get for those toy electric cars for kids.

    All in all, those batteries might not cost more than, say, $300 for the set. That's not so bad. But when you throw in the $400 for the motor kit, then the bike, as a whole, is getting just a bit pricey.

    too bad.
  6. mikem

    mikem Member

    The "price problem" seems to always come up with e-bikes ... compared to small gas motors. Still this one is not too bad compared to other e-bikes. Especially if you can do the whole build yourself.
  7. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Sure. For someone with a welder it wouldn't be so bad.

    And it would get those people who just won't ride a bike riding. (sort of)

    Picture a society that got around on those and only brought out the cars for bad weather.
    Most people wouldn't mind at all. Their overall costs would be lower. Maybe even insurance rates would go down if congestion and total auto miles decreased.

    That could be a wonderful machine.

    Might not be quite right for me, though. I'd kinda like to keep on doing some pedalling.
  8. duivendyk

    duivendyk Guest

    It looks like 3x12V maybe 20Ah batteries.At 6A (200W) on the flats this would be good for 3hrs at 20mph or 60 miles.The weight:substantional !!.
  9. dont forget you will have to replace the batteries every 6months-1year at $300.