Comments Off on What is an electric bicycle?
An electric bicycle, or ebike, is simply a regular bicycle with an integrated battery and battery powered motor. The electronic system acts as a primary means to power the bicycle forward on battery power alone or act as an power assist to smooth out hill climbs, power through headwinds and save the rider energy while traveling.
Comments Off on Are they allowed on the road?
All Volton Bicycles are built and classified as road legal bicycles within the legislation stated in federal amendment 15 U.S.C. 2085(b), or HR 727.
Federal electric bicycle amendment HR 727
With our electric bicycles classified as road legal bicycles, no registration or licensing is needed to own and operate our products.
Though most states follow the federal rules, some states (and local municipalities) have increased restrictions pertaining to electric bicycles use on public roads and trail systems. Please search your state/city laws regarding bicycle and electric bicycle use.
It is important that you follow the rules of the road and operate the bicycle in a safe way wherever you are riding.
Comments Off on Does the extra weight make it difficult to pedal without motor power?
We wouldn’t say the extra weight makes it difficult to pedal without the motor. The extra fifteen pounds has very little effect on its ride ability. The extra weight will require more power while pedaling uphill but it is hardly noticeable on flat terrain. Once you experience the power output and the exhilaration of riding our bicycles we are confident you will decide that the extra weight is a very reasonable tradeoff.
Comments Off on Does the battery recharge while you pedal?
This is usually the first or second question we get asked about our electric bicycles. The answer? Well, technically, yes the hub motor has regenerative charging capabilities but at normal operating ranges the rate of charge is very negligible and insignificant.
Volton bicycles are designed to draw battery power to assist while you pedal or control the throttle. The battery is recharged by simply connecting to a wall outlet until a full charge is reached.
On the other hand, regenerative charging systems works by having the rider work against the motor to replenish power. The effect is along the lines of riding with the brakes on while towing a heavy trailer. Regenerating systems also eliminate the opportunity to coast – one of the best things about riding a bike. Because of this, our electric drive systems do not implement regenerative features.
Comments Off on Are Volton Bicycles fast?
Our bicycles come standard with 36V battery packs. There are number of variables that effect the maximum speed of the electric bicycles. As a standard rate, a 180 lb person wearing street clothes on 26×2.5 inch tires riding on flat asphalt reaches approximately 17 mph. Our higher capacity 48v Samsung pack on our Alation 500 easily reaches 20 mph.
It is very important to keep your tires properly inflated. This simple maintenance reduces drag which benefits speed, range and riding comfort. It also prevents flat tires.