As the snow falls, your road or mountain bicycle becomes redundant. Well, not if ENVO can help it. The Canada-based electric mobility company has developed an Electric SnowBike Kit that will convert your bicycle into a snow-friendly, pedal-assist electric snow bicycle. It is the first ever pedal-assist electric snow bicycle, btw, and it hella cool.
The kit includes a snowmobile-like tread with rollers and a 750 W rated (peak 1,200 W) hub motor, brushless motor controller, pedal assist sensor, brake cut-off magnetic switches, a set of aluminum adapter that allows the front wheel to be swapped out for your own snowboard, and digital display computer.
For the deep powder, a snowboard is recommended. However, if use on hard-packed snow, you can choose to ride it with the existing front wheel. Then again, it won’t look as cool, would it?
The motor is fed by 48V/17.5 Ah lithium-ion battery packs that is mounted on the bike’s frame down tube. A crank-mounted sensor senses the rider’s pedaling motion and signals the motor to start working. If you are tired, you can choose go full-on motorized with a thumb throttle switch affixed on the handlebar.
When installed, the ENVO Electric SnowBike Kit should provide a top motor-assisted speed of 11 mph (18 km/h) and offers a range of roughly 6 miles (10 km), or two hours of operation. Recharging requires 8 hours.
The example shown here is kitted out with a snowboard and if I can be honest, it does look very cool, despite the setup isn’t the cleanest.
The ENVO Electric SnowBike Kit is available to buy in exchange for 2,798 Canadian dollars (around US$2,158). Apparently, battery isn’t include and it will cost an additional 895 CAD (about US$690).
Source: New Atlas.