The makers of the Electrom LEV e-bike claim to have created a bike with as many comforts of an automobile as possible – without losing its bicycle status. It has the ability to carry 100 liters of cargo, or a passenger, some weather protection, and is small enough to ride down the bike lane. Let’s take a closer look.
Easy to use
The Electrom’s manufacturer claims that it was designed to be easy to use in every possible way. Its stand-over height is 17 inches with a swing-away front fairing, an easy-to-deploy center stand, and understeer handlebars. These features are designed to help make getting on and off the bike easier. The bike’s controls do not contain gears to shift, with controls consisting of only turn signals, brakes, and the throttle. Other features found on the Electrom LEV include mirrors and lights.
Still a bike
Although the Electrom LEV has many car-like features, it is still legally considered a bike. This means that riders can split lanes and use bike lanes. Because the bike’s profile is so narrow – less than 24 inches, it is easy to maneuver through traffic.
As an e-bike, the Electrom LEV uses an electric hub motor that allows riders to travel as fast as 40 mph. Using one 72 volt, 20 amp-hour battery and traveling at 20 mph it has a range of about 62 miles. An optional feature is to tack on two more batteries to the frame yielding a range of up to 186 miles.
Generator and Chain Drive System (GCD)
The Generator and Chain Drive System (GCD) acts like an automatic transmission for the Electrom LEV. Riders can choose their level of effort and are able to maintain the energy of the bike without the need to shift gears. This feature also allows riders to use it as either an exercise bike or a means of transportation with less required effort.
Safety and maintenance
The Electrom is safer in traffic than most recumbent bikes. The higher rider position puts the rider at eye level with other road users. The vehicle’s size also makes it much easier for drivers to see. In addition to the Electrom’s natural visibility, the bike features bright LED running lights, headlights, and front and rear turn signals.
While the design of Electrom is unique, the manufacturer claims that it uses as many off-the-shelf parts as possible. This will ensure that spare parts are available in the future. This also helps to keep manufacturing and repair costs down.
How to buy
The manufacturer’s production strategy is to build Electrom LEVs to suit customer expectations by leveraging their proprietary vehicle platform, either as a kit for self-assembly, or complete assembly (Canada only). They offer a range of configurations to suit your needs: 1 or 2 batteries, or frame, faring and steering assembly for the hobby enthusiast. Pricing information is available on request for serious buyers. The expected price of a complete Electrom kit will be around $US10,000. They also plan to make an experimenters kit, which will consist of a frame, fork and steering assembly for $3000.
Source: Electrom LEV