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
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.
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
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. More information is available at the crowdfunding page or the Life Electric Vehicles website.