All of our models come out of the box as Class 1 Electric Bikes, with pedal assistance up to 20mph. This is the least restricted category in most states and localities, and Class 1 ebike riders are welcome to use bike lanes, multi-use paths and even certain off-road trails in most areas.
Not only that, they’re still pretty darn fast! As an example - if a rider was riding at max assist speed (or even slightly faster) on level ground, they could make a 5-mile trip in only 15 minutes.
She was a frequent bike commuter, but started looking for an ebike in order to make it easier to bike commute every day. She and her partner began looking at ebikes but found most entry-level options uninspiring with their tangles of wires and protuberant batteries. Premium ebikes were appealing, but hard to justify. So when they saw the Vvolt Alpha in Bike Portland’s story covering our launch in June they said to one another “that’s the one” and placed their reservation– our very first order!
Before we even finalized the designs for our first ebikes, we were planning our packaging. We’re committed to making everything about ebike ownership easier. So when it comes to unboxing we knew there was a better way than the “some assembly required” method that dumps a pile of parts and a few wrenches at your feet, asking that you become a bike mechanic prior to your first ride.
Whether you're new to e-bikes or not, we've compiled an important list of criteria for evaluating what options will work for you. Consider this your crash-course on the things you need to know when considering an e-bike.
What's in a name? A lot. Dive in with us as we examine the various impacts of using electric vehicles, "EVs", from individual health to public policy, and how the way we talk about and utilize electric mobility can shape our shared future.
We’re excited to announce that Vvolt is now taking reservations for our first batch of electric bikes, currently in production with our partner factory in Taiwan. As of this writing on June 3, we anticipate that our first batch of bikes will be in transit across the Pacific this month.