Environment Transportation This $600 Bike Offers E-Bike Performance in a BMX Format By Derek Markham Writer Derek Markham is a green living expert who started writing for Treehugger in 2012. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Derek Markham Updated October 11, 2018 Life Electric Vehicles Share Twitter Pinterest Email Transportation Active Automotive Aviation Public Transportation There are a lot of e-bike options on the market right now, but this electric BMX from Life Electric Vehicles & Prodecotech might be the world's first. A leading US e-bike manufacturer is looking to open up electric bikes to a whole new group of riders - those who prefer to ride a BMX-style bicycle - with its launch of two powerful and affordable eBMX models. With the rise in popularity of e-bikes, we've seen a range of different options for sale, including folding e-bikes, fat electric bikes, and those aiming for the title of lightest e-bike, but until now, there hasn't been a practical and affordable electric consumer BMX model. "They said it couldn’t be done. Kids have been dreaming of an electric powered BMX bike forever. We have seen one-offs and basement projects come and go but they are either too expensive or just don’t work... until now." - Life Electric Vehicles Details The forthcoming US-built eBMX models from Prodecotech and Life Electric Vehicles promise to be not only high performance compact e-bikes on their own, but to also be within financial reach of just about anyone who's looking for a cool yet practical e-mobility solution. The aluminum-framed bikes will be available with either a 250 W motor (eBMX-3, with a top speed of 12 mph) or a 350 W motor (eBMX-4, with a 20 mph top speed), a range of up to 40 miles per charge, and in a variety of color combinations, starting at just $600. Life Electric Vehicles The 34-pound track ready bikes feature top-of-the-line components, including a TIG welded T6 aluminum alloy frame, Avid BB5 disc brakes, 20" magnesium rims, and Kenda tires. Power is supplied by a 26V battery bank with Samsung 18650-29E cells, in either a 5.8Ah version (eBMX-3) or 8.7Ah version (eBMX-4), mounted in the down tube of the frame. With the eBMX-3, a "Boost Button" on the handlebar offers on-demand power from the electric drivetrain, while the eBMX-4 features a twist throttle for variable power control, and the bike employs a Bluetooth-accessible monitoring and control system that delivers speed, distance, and battery capacity stats to the rider via an app. "We set out to build a great BMX bike, then electrify it. That was the easy part. Making it from top of the line components and building it in the USA was a little more difficult. Getting it down to a price that nearly everyone can afford... that was where we truly excelled." - Life Electric Vehicles Pricing and Availiability To launch the bikes, Prodecotech and Life Electric Vehicles have turned to Indiegogo, where backers at the $599 will get first dibs on the eBMX-3 models, and backers at the $699 level will receive the first of the eBMX-4 models when they ship. A pledge of $99 by December 18th will also reserve a bike at the early price, but those will ship after the full pledge bikes do. Once the crowdfunding campaign is over, the retail price on these bikes will be $1199 and $1399, so Indiegogo backers will essentially get the electric BMX bikes at half price.