Q1. How far does it go? / How long does the battery last?
A1. With reasonable pedaling on a quality bike our customers get around 12-15km in hilly terrain (eg Jerusalem or Sydney) and even more in flatter terrain (eg Tel Aviv or London). For longer journeys the system is modular and extra batteries can easily be added to extend the range. eg. Two batteries connected in parallel will give you 24-30kms
Q2. How fast does it go?
A2. The motor assists up to 25km/hr which is the Israeli & European legal limit for electrically assisted bicycles. You can pedal the bike as fast as you manage after the motor gets you up to 25km/h very rapidly.
Q3. How powerful is the motor?
A3. The motor is rated at 250 watts which is the Israeli & European legal limit for electrically assisted bicycles. Maximum power is around 660 watts (for short durations only). The motor can deliver 20Nm (newton meters) of torque which is about 1/6th of a typical small call which weighs 10 times as much as a typical bike and rider. This means you can accelerate faster than a car for short distances. It has plenty of power to carry up to 125kg in passengers (ie heavy person or average person plus 6 year old child in child seat).
Q4. How much does it weigh?
A4. The electric kit components add only 3kg to the weight of the bike (motor 2kg, battery 1kg). On a Brompton M3LX the total weight of bike and electric kit components is 13kg - making it the lightest, serious, folding electric bike in the world.
Q5. Do I still have to pedal?
A5. Yes. While the motor is powerful enough to accelerate a rider without pedaling, the kit is not intended to be used without pedal assistance from the rider. Failure to pedal will dramatically reduce the battery range and may overstress system components. Our warranty does not cover use of the kit without pedaling.
Q6. Is it noisy?
A6. No, the motor is virtually silent and inaudible in typical use.
Q7. What is the battery's life span?
A7. The cells in the battery are rated by the manufacturer at 1000 charge discharge cycles.
Q8. How long does it take to charge.
A8. 1 hour 45 minutes from empty. The charger is light and can be carried with you for recharging at cafe's, work, etc.
Q9. Why is it so expensive?
A9. Its not. Its by far the cheapest and fastest way to get around any congested city. Compare the 2 year purchase and running costs of a car, scooter, annual bus pass and you'll see its the cheapest and quickest way to get around the city
Q10. Where is it made?
A10. The Freedom Ebikes kit is a design patented by its founder Andrew Hamilton and is manufactured to Freedom Ebikes exacting specifications in China and Korea with final assembly in Jerusalem. The Brompton folding bike is manufactured in London.
Q11. Can I ride it in the rain?
A11. Yes, the system has been tested in Southern England torrential rain. It is best to ensure that the battery/controller combination are not directly exposed to the rain (ie are kept inside a bag) and that moisture does not get into the plug itself. If it does it can be easily dried out.
Q12. Can I travel by plane with a Freedom Electric Brompton?
The Freedom Ebikes kit is the only electric bike kit with a lithium type battery that can be legally carried on an aircraft. This is because the battery is 91Whr which is below the 100Whr limit set by International Aviation Regulations. The battery is thus in the same category as a laptop or mobile phone battery.
for Andrew's personal experiences with flying).
Q13. How can I pay?
A13. Our preferred method of payment is via PayPal. TTs are also accepted.
Q14. Does it recharge when you pedal?
A14. No. The motor has a freewheel so that its still easy to pedal the bike and there is no extra resistance when you are not using the motor. This is incompatible with regenerative charging. Regenerative charging would mean it was harder to pedal all the time when the motor was not being used. Studies have shown there is very little benefit in regenerative charging on an electric bicycle (as opposed to a fully electric vehicle like a car or Segway). It only extends battery range by about 10% and the extra complexity is not worth it.
Q15. Is it the same as the Brompton Nano?
A15. No, its better! We use the same 80mm Tonxgin motor as Brompton Nano but a better battery solution (much lighter and 10x the power to weight ratio) and a better, simpler installation solution.