Crowdfunded e-RideLite Electric Bikes Launched at prices starting from Rs 23,900 It’s raining electric bikes in India, after Hero came out with its range of electric pedal assist bikes, Bangalore-based FuelADream, which is a crowd funding platform in collaboration with R2H Motors launched two variants of its electric bike, e-RideLite today. Both these variants come with a normal pedal mode mated to a 6-gear system and an electric drive mode provided by 36V/250W electric motor and a removable battery pack, which can take the bike up to a speed of 25 km/h. The 0-20 km/h sprint takes 10 seconds. There are two models on offer, e-RideLite 50 and e-RideLite 90, which provides about 50 and 90 kilometres range respectively.
Advantages of the crowdfunding platform are that it cuts the go-to-market costs for the innovator, and the consumer gets it directly from the manufacturer. In a market where an electric power bikes with a 50-kilometre range costs about Rs 40,000. The e-RideLite 50 costs Rs 23,900 for pre-orders, while the e-RideLite 90 is priced at Rs 37,500. That is quite affordable for somebody who is looking to get a commuter for their daily office and weekend leisure trips. The battery packs are removable and can be charged to full capacity in 5 and 8 hours in the respective models. So that means you can take out the battery and charge at a place that is convenient for you. And there is always the option of using it as a conventional bike with the battery packs taken out. The bikes weigh around 25.5-27 kilogrammes with the battery pack on.
Key feature and benefits mentioned:
Easily removable, stem-mounted battery
0-20 km/h in 10 seconds, Max Speed of 25 km/h
The range of the two models: eRL 50 - 50 kilometres on a single charge, eRL 90 - 90 kilometres on a single charge.
Two modes: Electric mode and Manual/ pedal mode with 6 gears.
Other key features: Dual disc brakes, shock absorbers in the front wheels, headlamps, mud guard, LCD (eRL 90) and LED (eRL 50) display displaying things like battery level, speed, odometer and temperature.
Commenting on the launch Mr Ram Prasad, CMO, FuelADream.com said, “ We are excited about e-RideLite because E-bikes are the future of personal transportation. For such innovations, crowdfunding ensures a win-win for everyone- it cut go-to-market costs for the innovator, and the consumer gets it directly from the manufacturer at affordable prices. Here are the technical specifications:
I am seriously impressed with this FuelADream crowdfunding platform that has raised more than Rs 2.5 crore for over 65 campaigns, since its launch in April 2016. This has become a platform for people and organisations that aim to raise funds for creative ideas, causes and charities. What are your thoughts on this alternative form of transportation? Is it practical enough for your daily commuting needs? More detailed pictures of the e-RideLite to follow, check out fueladream.com for more information on the bike and pre-orders.
Unlock and take out the battery in less than 5 seconds, take it home/office and charge it at will. e-RideLite 90 gets an LCD display and a mobile phone holder. The LCD display indicates speed, battery level, power mode, trip meter, temperature, time and power used. Facility to charge your phone on the go is also provided. e-RideLite 50 gets a LED indicator display. Speed, battery level indicator, different power modes to be seen.
e-RideLite gets disc brake at the front and also comes with double wall alloy rims. Conventional six-speed Shimano gear system and electric motor attached to the rear wheel. Notice the rear disc brakes.
Both models are available in two colours.
We will shortly get these bikes for a review and will update you guys on how it fares out.
JijoMalayil INR 23,000 for an electric bicycle that has a 50-kilometre range is indeed impressive. This could be ideal for work commute and also fitness runs (the extra weight of the battery could also serve as a resistance ). The brakes seem to be from a Chinese company and I wonder how effective are those. Also, what about the warranty for the bicycle and the battery? Will the customer have to get it replaced directly from the company in case it malfunctions?
Praveen The company provides 1-year warranty for electricals and electronics. The mechanical parts are setup in a way that any cycle shop can repair them. The battery is claimed to last 500 cycles. There is a hotline number where you can order a new battery, which costs nearly 9000. I not sure about the Chinese brakes that you have mentioned. During the presentation, it was claimed that only the lithium-ion batteries and the Shimano gearboxes are the only imported products used.
JijoMalayil Is it possible to only source the electric motor and battery pack and install it in an existing cycle? I have a Trek 3700D mountain bike, and was wondering if such a set up would work in a bike like that. I have seen some electric motors that you can buy online - hub motors for cycles - that promise to work in most cycles. These cost about Rs. 30,000 or so a set. This e-RideLite seems much simpler and well put-together, and it also seems much better value for money.
I think the manufacturer will be more than happy to sell you the motor and the battery set and possibly help you in installing the same in your existing cycle. The kits that are imported like you have mentioned, costs Rs 35,000 for a set, while this company is able to make the whole electric bike with a 50-kilometre range for just around Rs 25,000.
JijoMalayil Hi, i have import the kit just for 12000, 48v 350 w mxus brand motor, no 1 brand in russia, , it will run 55km on a single charge, speed can obtain upto 42km /hr,2runnig mode 25km/hr.and 42km/hr.my battery is lifepo4 battery pack of 48v 11ah, which will last 2000cycles aprrox 10years self life, bicycle is hercules atom zx , online price 4900, that means=12000+4900+battery 13000=29900, but battery will last for long time and full charge just in 1hour,and u can drive the bicycle with maximum speed 42km, per hour.nice braking with disc, and ebs.ph09475686464
Monojit_Mondal That is indeed a fantastic set up and price. Can you share how you imported it? Was it through some site? And also can you share a photo of the setup on your cycle. I was also thinking of something similar for my Trek 3700D.
Here is Roshun going live with the eRideLite, finding out how practical is this new alternative mode of transportation. [facebook_video]https://www.facebook.com/zigwheels/videos/1246182052114040[/facebook_video]
A steel frame is not ideal, lighter weight gives better range and better acceleration. Add to it the cost, weight and maintenance required for the hub gearing. Sorry, please go back to the drawing board and come up with a more comprehensive solution.
Saiprasad_Pasupuleti I agree steel does add weight. But then aluminium alloy would add to the cost wouldn't it? I mean, I have a Trek 3700D, whose frame is made of aluminium alloy, and it is very light. But I paid Rs. 29K for it. Whereas this bike, starts at Rs. 25,900, with an electric motor. I guess the manufacturer is trying to keep costs as low as possible. Even with a steel frame a range of 50km / 90km is pretty commendable. Acceleration is decent, but it tops off at 25 kmph. You have to pedal if you want to go faster.
Saiprasad_Pasupuleti I agree with Roshun. Using alloys will increase the cost considerably and using cheap alloys will compromise the bike's structural integrity. I faintly remember an affordable bicycle from Hercules that came with an alloy frame. Unfortunately, the cost-cutting resulted in implementing low-quality alloy. A lot of people complained about the frame bending at various places and it was almost irreparable in the case of even a small crash. Using steel is the only way to strike a balance between strength and cost-effectiveness. I think this bike pretty much undercuts other electric two-wheelers in terms of value-for-money.
eRideLite90 - First Ride Review We had the eRideLite90 for a few, days, which was graciously delivered by its founder Ajeet Kumar and his colleague. Here are my impressions of the same. Cycling comes with many benefits - it fulfils your commuting needs, causes no pollution, saves on fuel costs and at the same time is good for your health.
Most people shy away from a normal cycle for daily commuting needs because of the toll it takes on your body to cycle every day back and fro work, especially when you have a hectic day’s work ahead or you are just exhausted from working your *** off the whole day. That is where eRideLite bikes offer you the option in additional to a 6-speed Shimano gearbox, an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack which does away with the job of pedalling the cycle when you are not up to it. eRideLite comes with two models which get a range of 50 and 90-kilometre range respectively. The specifications are mentioned in the first post.
While cycling around Gurugram, I found that it felt like any other cycle we are used to in the past. The extra weight of the batteries and the motor are barely noticeable once on the move. The battery pack is placed vertically under the seat, which lowers the centre of gravity, keeping it planted. The motor is fairly responsively and you gain speed like in a normal electric scooter (if you have ridden one).
The electric motor tops off at 25 kph (restricted per Govt. rules). But if you have strong legs, put the manual gearbox into sixth gear and pedal away. I was able to attain a top speed of 35 km/h with the electric motor and pedalling combined on a flat road during my intra-city commute.
The removable battery pack docks onto the connector with no fuss at all, and it hardly takes less than 15 seconds to remove the battery pack from the cycle. The battery pack can be locked to the cycle using the same ignition on-off key. The battery pack can be charged at a location that is convenient to you. So you can take it to your office, home or a cafe to charge it. Being lithium-ion batteries, the pack weighs around 6-7 kilos (eRideLite50). The battery takes 5 hours to charge to its full capacity in the eRideLite50 model and 9 hours in the eRideLite90 variant. Here is a picture of the charger that supplied with it.
The bike, on the other hand, weighs around 25-27 kilos with the battery pack on. The most pressing issue with electric vehicles is the range, with the eRideLite, I found that during a commute of say 4 kilometres from my home to office in the morning, 80% of the time I was pedalling without using the electric motor at all. The only times the electric motor was used was when I had to start from a standstill, mostly at traffic signals and during negotiating U-turns. The normal 6-speed gearbox is all that you need on most of the occasions. With that logic, you can get about 4 times range with a single full charge. Plus there is always the advantage of the fact that the more you pedal, it is better for you health.
How powerful is the electric motor? We have a steep ramp in our office coming up the basement parking, say at an angle of 20-25 degree, and the bike easily pulled in electric assist mode 1, with a sight pedal assist at the steepest angle. eRideLite gets different electric power mode ranging from 1-5 (5 being the highest), which varies the amount of power sent to the electric motor from the battery. The instant power is shown on the display every time you turn the throttle. So flyovers and inclines would not be a problem if you encounter them on a daily basis.
Now to the build quality. eRideLite bike components are mostly made in India, except the lithium-ion battery cells and the 6-speed Shimano gearbox. It has a steel frame, dual-disc brakes, front shock absorbers, an LCD display, phone holder with a USB charger, dual-alloy wheels, LED headlamp and a horn as of now.
The manufacturer is in the process of putting rear stop lamp and indicators by the time eRideLite will be finally ready for production in March 2017. I honestly found it quite impressive, bar minor niggles (little fine-tuning, no integrated lock for the bike itself) that the manufacturer in the process of sorting out by the time it is ready for delivery. You will have to pre-book the bike at fueladream.com, by paying the full amount, the manufacturer after gathering pre-set orders will start sourcing and production in February and the bikes will be shipped to your respective addresses by Mid-March. At the price eRideLite comes at, it is a fine product that has a future to change the way we commute.