Seatpost-integrated battery and powerful motor make for unique riding experience
Chatsworth, Calif. – August 22, 2012 - A new generation of electric bicycle from Currie Technologies®, the eFlow® E3 Nitro, will debut next month at the Interbike tradeshow in Las Vegas, the company announced today.
Featuring a high-capacity Samsung lithium-ion battery pack integrated into the bike’s seatpost for a sleek design and convenient charging in or away from the bike, along with a powerful motor capable of powering the bike up to 20 mph, the eFlow represents the latest technology in a fast-growing industry segment.
“Electric bikes have become commonplace in Western Europe, and in the last few years they’ve really burst onto the scene in the American market, but American consumers have primarily seen ebikes as utilitarian solutions or purely recreation rides,” said Currie Technologies President Larry Pizzi. “The eFlow is a perfect tool for commuters or other riders looking for a quick, high-performance bike that’s incredibly fun to ride and easy to own.”
The unique integrated battery design not only allows the eFlow to maintain a sleek and aerodynamic shape without the need for additional racks or attachments to hold a battery, but also allows riders to re-charge the battery without needing to bring the whole bike to an outlet.
The eFlow has already won the prestigious Gold Award from German design group iF International at the Taipei Cycle Show earlier this year, where judges called it “a completely new category of electric bike” and “an e-bike that you’re sure to like.” The eFlow was the only electric bike to receive the honor.
The bike’s fast design is matched by construction and components designed for a performance ride, including an RST monoshock to smooth out rough roads, a 20-speed drivetrain, internal cable routings for a clean look and Auriga E-Sub brakes, which have electronic sensors to cut power to the motor and activate regenerative braking to send power back to the battery. Quick release wheels and a simple watertight motor connector make removing a wheel to change a tire trouble-free.
Control for the powerful 500-watt motor comes via an easy-to-read LCD console, where riders can toggle between multi-assist options for kicking in extra power when pedaling and total propulsion.
The eFlow brand joins Currie Technologies’ IZIP line of electric bikes and eZip e-bikes and scooters. The eFlow will begin shipping to dealers early next year and retails for $3,995. For more information, visit www.eflowebike.com and www.currietech.com.
Source: Chip Smith