What is the Electrom?

The Eletrom is an e-bike that has been designed from the ground up to offer as many of the conveniences of an automobile as possible while still legally remaining a bicycle. It can carry 100 liters of cargo or a small passenger, the Electrom also offers some weather protection for the rider as well as all of the lights and turn signals you would expect to find on a motorcycle. At the heart of the Electrom is the Generator Drive which allows the rider to pedal at a constant speed without having to shift any complicated bicycle gears.

At just 24 inches wide the Electrom can easily slip past stalled traffic like a bicycle and when you arrive at your destination you can park it anywhere you can park a bicycle.

The Electrom is designed to last with an aluminum frame and custom molded fiberglass and carbon fiber body parts. It has very few moving parts and uses mostly off-the-shelf bicycle components available in any bike shop.

The Electrom is an emissions-free vehicle packed with features that will allow you to get where you are going faster and cheaper, while providing as much or as little exercise as you desire. It looks different because it is different. For the better.

Some of the Electrom’s Features

 

Ease of use

The Electrom has been designed from the ground up to be easy to use. Stand-over height is just 17 inches and thanks to the swing-away front fairing, easily deployed center-stand, and understeer handlebars, getting on and off is super easy. This, combined with the fact that there are no gears to shift through, makes for a very pleasant riding experience. The Electrom’s controls are intuitive and simple, consisting only of throttle, brakes and turn signals. The Electrom also has mirrors, lights, turn signals, and a quick-deploy centre stand — all of which make it easier to use.

 

Immune to Traffic Jams 

The Electrom is legally a bicycle, and is allowed to lane-split and use bike lanes. This and the Electrom’s very narrow profile, less than 24 inches, allows the rider to easily slip through stalled traffic.

Generator Drive

No complicated gearshifting needed

 The generator drive acts like an automatic transmission for a bike. The rider’s energy goes from the cranks to a hub that sends energy to both a generator and the back wheel via a chain drive.

When the vehicle exceeds 10 kph all of the rider’s energy goes to the generator. The rider can just pedal at a constant cadence, free from the need to think about gears while producing electricity to supplement the battery.

An added benefit of the Generator Drive System is that when the rider encounters a hill too steep for the motor to manage, the vehicle slows down to 10 kph and the rider’s energy goes back to the back wheel to help the Electrom up the hill.

Range and power

The Electrom was designed to meet British Columbia electric assist bicycle rules. it uses a  500 watt nominal hub motor that easily produces enough power to travel at 32 KPH– the BC electric assist bicycle speed limit. Using one 72 volt, 20 amp-hour battery and traveling at 32 KPH it has a range of 80 kilometers. The frame has room for three such batteries, yielding a potential range of 200+ Kilometers.

The Electrom’s controller is easily programmable for other jurisdictions. For example, in the state of California the top speed for a Class B electric bike is 42 KPH–with a few minutes of re-programing the controller can be set for 42 KPH top speed. If a user wished, they could register the Electrom as a Moped in many jurisdictions and re-program the controller for the top allowable speed of a moped in their jurisdiction. The current un-governed top speed of the Electrom with a 17″ outer wheel diameter,  40 amp controller, and 72 volt battery (83 volts fully charged) is 55  kph.

Exercise

Many electric bikes are really just electric scooters with pedals attached to exploit ebike standards as a loophole. Not the Electrom, it is designed to be pedaled.  The pedaling station is ergonomically positioned to allow for hours of comfortable exercise, and  the generator drive allows the rider to pedal as hard as they wish. As a result the quality of exercise is actually better than on a standard un-electrified bicycle. However, the exercise is voluntary, if one wishes they can just coast along pedaling gently or not at all.

No hard-to-find parts 

While the design of the Electrom is different, it uses as many off-the-shelf parts a possible in order to guarantees buyers that spare parts will be available in the future. This will also help keep manufacturing and repair costs down.

Great visibility

The Electrom is safer in traffic than most recumbent bikes because the higher rider position puts the rider at eye level with other road users. The vehicle’s size also makes it much easier for drivers to see. In addition to the Electrom’s natural visibility, it also has a full compliment very bright LED running lights, headlights and front and rear turn signals.

Clean appearance & no greasy chain 

The Electrom is mechanically simple, and the majority of the mechanical components and wiring are placed out of sight under body panels. The panels are easily removed for maintenance. The drive chains are all hidden away where they can’t stain the riders clothes

Cargo and passengers 

The tail-box has been designed to handle cargo (up to five grocery bags), and with the easy removal of the cargo hatch, it has room for a small adult passenger or child.

Increased Safety

The Electrom has a full compliment of hi visibility LED running lights, headlights, and front and rear turn signals. The vehicle’s size also makes it much easier for drivers to see.
One of the most important aspect of road safety for bikes is good communication with car drivers. The Electrom puts the rider at eye level with car drivers, this improves communication and visibility.
The windscreen on the Electrom places the side view mirrors right where the rider needs them for a complete view of the road behind them. The windscreen is made of a flexible plastic that will bend in the event of a crash in order to reduce the risk of injury to the rider.

 

The Electrom Prototype

Tilt-Away Fairing
makes getting on and off a snap

Generator Drive Pedaling System
pedal as much as you want & no gears to shift

Built in Lights & Turn Signals
always be seen

Disk Brakes
stops on a dime

Cargo Hatch
Quickly removes to carry a passenger

Recumbent Riding Position
comfortable and improves aerodynamics

Strong Wheels & Wide Tires
because the side of the road is a messy place

Hub Motor
powerful and maintenance free

Quick-Deploy Centre Stand
no leaning against a tree required

 Low Slung Battery Space
helps optimize the handling and balance

Powerful Hub Motor
goes fast and has regenerative braking

The Electrom Prototype

Tilt-Away Fairing
makes getting on and off a snap

Generator Drive Pedaling System
pedal as much as you want & no gears to shift
Built in Lights & Turn Signals

always be seen

Cargo Hatch
Quickly removes to carry a passenger

Recumbent Riding Position
comfortable and improves aerodynamics

Strong Wheels & Wide Tires
because the side of the road is a messy place

Hub Motor
powerful and maintenance free

Quick-Deploy Centre Stand
no leaning against a tree required

Get ready for the Electrom 1

We are getting ready to build the First production Electroms in 2018. We will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indegogo to raise the funds to create a production prototype and then Beta test models. After a reasonable Beta testing period, assembly line production will begin. The Indegogo campaign will ask backers to put money down to get a spot on the wait-list, with wait-list spots going for as little as $25. If you would like to be informed when the wat-list goes live please like our facebook page, or send an email to info@electrom.ca

The Electrom has been designed to use as many off-the-shelf parts as possible to aid in reliability, replacement part sourcing, and speed to market. The first generation of Electrom’s will be produced on a small scale and sold in kit format. The delivery as a kit will help with shipping costs as well as provide liability protection. Once we have a proven market we will take the next step to true mass-production.

Price:
We cannot accurately estimate the cost of the production Electrom until we have a production prototype built. The target price is $6,000 USD without battery, but it could be as high as $8000 USD. Once the price is set, backers will have the option of completing their order, delaying their order, or passing their wait-list position onto someone else.

Electrom 1 specifications:

  • 20” bike / 16”Moped wheels to make it legal in California and better conform to bicycle standards in general
  • Length 96 inches, width 26 inches.
    Under 120 lbs without battery to make it legal as an ebike in Ontario.
  • The kit will be able to run with a number of motor options to suite different desires and legal jurisdictions. Buyers will be able to decide on their setup at the time of order


Drive System Setup Options:

  • Direct Drive hub motor and the Generator Drive, can be run with a throttle or as a speed pedalec;
  • Regular geared drivetrain running a Direct Drive hub motor or gear-motor (and this can include a torque sensing system for a speed pedallek system;
  • Mid-drive system

The Electrom 1

Coming Summer 2018

Electrom LEV

 

Find Us at

1234 Topaz Ave
Victoria BC

Contact

info@electrom.ca
250 858 9794