What is the Electrom?
The Electrom 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 & Chain 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.
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Price and Production Strategy
The complete Electrom Kit with full tailbox and front fairing is $7100 USD. This is the cost without a without battery. The Electrom has room for two 72 volt, 20 amp-hour batteries. Each battery will cost approximately $800 USD. One battery will yield a range of between 60 and 100 kilometers, two batteries will yield between 120 to 200 km.
We will also be making an experimenters kit available that will consist of a frame, fork and steering assembly for $2500.
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 to help keep shipping costs down. Once we have a proven market we will take the next step to true mass-production.
Electrom 1 Specifications:
- Welded Aluminum Frame
- 203 cm / 80 inch wheel base
- High quality suspension fork
- 100 mm/ 4 inches of front and rear suspension travel
- 20″ diameter wheels running 2.75″ moped tires
- Carbon Fiber & Fiberglass fairing, body panels and tailbox
- 72 volt battery system (user configurable)
- Hydraulic disk brakes
- Grin Technologies programmable 72 volt 40 amp controller and Cycle Analyst V3 Console
- 4.5 meter/14 foot turning radius
- Able to accommodate rider sizes ranging from 1 meter 52cm / 5’0 to 2meter / 6’10
Drive System Setup Options:
- Direct Drive hub motor and the GCD, can be run with a throttle or as a speed pedalec;
- GMAC clutchless geared hub motor and the GCD, can be run with a throttle or as a speed pedelec;
- Regular geared drivetrain running a Direct Drive hub motor or geared-hub-motor (and this can include a torque sensing system for a speed pedelek system;
- Mid-drive system
Sample a few moments on the Electrom
Some of the Electrom’s Features
Ease of use
Immune to Traffic Jams
Range and Power
Generator & Chain Drive System
The Electrom uses a unique Generator & Chain Drive System (GCD). The GCD acts like an automatic transmission for a bike.
How it works:
The rider’s energy is split and goes via two separate drive chains to both an on-board generator as well as to the back hub motor with one very low gear. The rider can help the motor get the vehicle get up to speed and to climb steep hills with direct pedal energy, but at speeds over 15 kilometers per hour, the chain drive is freewheeling and the rider’s energy is going solely into the generator.
Benefits of the GCD system:
No Gears – It allows the rider to pedal all the time at a constant effort without the need to shift gears to match the human energy to the speed the vehicle is traveling. This is especially advantageous in stop-and-go city situations. AN additional benefit is that as the Electrom has a top speed of 60 kph (electronically governed to match local laws) it would need a huge range of gears if it used a conventional drive train.
Choose your effort – Because the rider can pedal as little or as much as they want, they have the choice of working hard and sweating, or pedalling at a gentle pace with efforts similar to walking. This is a nice feature if one is on their way to work in an office situation.
High quality exercise – Because the rider’s efforts are independent from the speed of the vehicle, they can pedal all the time against a constant resistance, even when going down steep hills or slowing down. This makes for a superior quality of exercise. The Electrom pedalling station is mounted high enough off the ground that there is no possibility of pedal-strike on tight corners which adds to the time one can spend pedalling.
Track power output – The human power generated by the GCD system is routed through a shunt and displayed in watts on the Grin Cycle Analyst V3 display.
Low maintenance – While the GCD may sound complex, the mechanisms that makes it work are quite simple and time-tested. Because the drivetrain is under very little stain it does not stretch or wear out like a conventional bicycle drive-train and requires very little maintenance.
A few other features of the Electrom LEV
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.
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.
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.