My engineer friend and Electrom collaborator Robin Coope and I took two Electroms out for a spin on a sunny Sunday in Vancouver.
I reenlty completed the assembly of the first Electrom for a customer. Check out the time-lapse video of the assembly process.
We are just completing the first run of production bikes and it has been a real learning experience! The molded Carbon Fiber parts have turned out to take much more time than is realistic for the price at which we would like to sell the Electrom, so we are looking at which parts absolutely must be made in this way, and which could be produced more economically with other methods. We will revise our offerings and produce another run of Electrom in the fall of 2021.
Currently the hand-made carbon parts include the Tailbox and hatch, the Footwell, Bubble Support, Swingarm covers, Fenders and Pedalling Station Cowling. The reality is that only the Tailbox and Footwells truly need the strength and weight savings that custom molded carbon fiber offers.
In the meantime, our first two lucky buyers will get to start riding their new Electroms in the next month.
All of the body parts
Check out the new option for the Electrom. All Wheel Drive.
Work is progressing on the first two production Electroms for customers and all of the body parts have been finalized and mounted on the test bike (which now has over 7,000 KM on it).
The new Carbon Fiber Bubble support is a highlight. It looks pretty cool, and has better rain coverage.
Also, we’ve moved to a slightly shallower depth-of-blow on the poly-carbonate bubble, which gives the bike more of the look of a shark, and less a Beluga whale. Interestingly, the new front end seems to be a bit more aerodynamic as we are getting better distance-per-watt numbers.
Also new are the carbon fiber pedaling-station cowling and the carbon fiber fenders.
A short video detailing the new Molded Carbon Fiber Electrom body parts.
The Electrom has a few advantages when it comes to riding on bike paths. The fast acceleration allows for quick passes, and the skinny profile of the Electrom makes sharing narrow bike paths easier.
Check out this clip from the Vancovuer Seawall.
A video detailing a 210 kilometer trip on the Electrom from Royston BC to Victoria BC.
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