An interesting minimalist e-bike for for the urban market- designed to look and ride as closely to a pedal bike as possible. At only 26lb for the complete bike (depending on size), this model could accomplish that goal, as it is within the realm of pedal bike weight. This model features an interesting battery concept putting small battery packs within the frame tube members rather than in a single external consolidated pack. Check it out after the jump.
Three independent battery packs- one per tube, live within the individual frame members and make up a total of 250Wh. The battery packs can be removed by removing the seat post for the seat tube pack, or by removing the head tube panel for the top tube and down tube packs- a process Maxwell claims to take only 15 minutes. This keeps the weight distributed throughout the frame rather than in a single location, as well as opens the possibility for air travel as each pack is independently smaller than the flyable limit (according to Maxwell).
Full recharge time is projected to be 45 minutes and the system has a charge life of 1000 cycles. The controller is positioned within the bottom of the front triangle to keep it as visually minimal as possible and the complete bike is assisted by a front wheel hub motor, controlled by a pedal assist sensor. Range per single charge is projected to be up to 15 miles and top speed of 20mph.
Maxwell is looking for support for battery testing and upstart costs. For $1300 you can reserve your own Maxwell EP0 within the first production run (expected MSRP for this configuration is $1800).
For more information, visit the Kickstarter.