I experience electrical bikes on a regular basis. It’s type of my factor. It’s a blast as a result of I get an superior experience expertise with out the ache and discomfort that usually comes from an extended and arduous pedal bike experience.
However nothing harshes a great e-biking vibe fairly like a low battery. So Precedence determined to nip that downside within the bud by introducing a variety extender battery for its well-liked Present e-bike, doubling the capability and thus doubling the e-bike’s vary.
The Precedence Present is a hybrid-style commuter/leisure electrical bicycle.
It’s a 28 mph (45 km/h) e-bike that contains a mid-drive motor and internally geared hub, with a Gates Carbon Drive belt connecting the 2 to finish the drivetrain.
In different phrases, it’s fairly superior already.
And it will get nice vary out of its 500 Wh frame-integrated battery. I do know as a result of I personal one, and I normally common about 40 miles (64 km) of vary per cost, although the corporate says you’ll be able to rise up to 50 miles (80 km) when you’re utilizing decrease energy. The Precedence Present is my go-to metropolis health/transportation bike. It’s the one I seize after I need a good pedal experience (it doesn’t have a throttle, however as a substitute depends on pedal help) and I do know I received’t be hitting any off-road trails that day.
I appreciated the bike a lot after reviewing it final 12 months that I purchased it off of the corporate so I wouldn’t must ship it again. To be truthful, they gave me a deal on it (Hey, some schmuck had already put a bunch of miles on it and the bike was now “used”).
However generally I need to go for an extended experience, particularly on a weekend when I’ve the time to actually put in some miles.
I’ve truly toyed with the thought of shopping for a second battery to hold in my backpack on an extended experience, after which swapping it in a pair hours later after I’m midway by means of the experience. It’s not enjoyable carrying a heavy e-bike battery in your again, although there are backpacks designed for simply that with particular compartments to hold a spare e-bike battery. However batteries experience finest the place they’re meant to be: mounted on the bike itself.
After which this information landed on my desk: Precedence launched a brand new vary extender battery. And it mainly solves that downside for me.
As the corporate explains:
“Double the vary of your Present e-Bike to make it the last word automobile alternative, lengthy distance commuter, or all-day cruiser. Delivery with a customized rear rack, the Present Battery Extender integrates into the present Present system with easy family instruments, providing as much as 100 miles of uninterrupted pedaling.”
Basically, it’s a second 500 Wh battery that comes with its personal rack and it merely bolts onto the rear of the bike. It doubles your authentic 500 Wh capability, and it additionally provides you a rack.
The Present’s tail gentle and brake gentle is already constructed into the rear fender, which means a rack received’t obscure it.
I had been toying with the thought of getting a rear rack for the bike as properly to make it a bit extra utilitarian for my metropolis errand operating, and so it seems like this information is type of tailer made for me (or individuals like me, which is the much less egotistical approach to take into account it).
It’s not an affordable choice, priced at $799. However when you’re the type of person who already drops over $3k on a high-end mid-drive e-bike with belt drive AND you’re the type of particular person that desires to push near triple digit miles on a single experience, that is in all probability in your wheelhouse.
The value feels a bit excessive, however that’s form of the present state of issues within the e-bike business as of late. Costs have been on the rise for all the things as a consequence of provide chain constraints and skyrocketing demand touchdown a one-two punch on the business.
However when it comes to performance, I like this factor. The power to easily bolt-on a second battery to double your vary in a few minutes is fairly superior. I’ve constructed my very own vary extender batteries for electrical scooters earlier than (I type of wrote the ebook on DIY battery constructing), and so that is undoubtedly an attention-grabbing product to me.
To be clear, most individuals in all probability received’t want a variety extender battery. In reality, I’ve gotten by superb for over a 12 months with 40 miles of vary from the inventory battery. However I’ve typically pined for much more vary, and this tickles that specific itch.
And all of this begs the query, “What about common vary extender batteries for e-bikes?” On this case, Precedence’s vary extender solely matches Precedence’s personal e-bike, the Present. Theoretically this might be executed to a lot of e-bikes, however the thought begins to crumble in observe as a result of lack of standardization within the e-bike business. Each firm has their very own battery (or considered one of a dozen-ish frequent designs) with their very own connector (or once more, considered one of possibly a dozen connectors).
I’d like to see extra standardization within the e-bike business. However till then, vary extenders like these will in all probability be brand-specific for the foreseeable future.
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