Across America By EVELO Electric Bike
When Boris Mordkovich rolled into Omaha, Nebraska he had put some 1,700 miles on the odometer of his Evelo Aries electric-assist bike, not quite halfway in his 4,000 mile tour from his home in New York City to the City by the Bay, San Francisco. The trip has two purposes, to promote his new company and its products, a trio of attractive, ; and to raise awareness of the role e-bikes can play in efficient, low-cost commuting in America, where most travel is done by automobile.
His company, Evelo Electric Bicycles is about a year-old and based out of the "Big Apple." Prior to starting Evelo with his brother, he helped launch RelayRide, a peer-to-peer carsharing business.
In this two-part, 20-minute video, recorded in The Blue Line coffee house, around the corner from Greenstreet Cycle, where Mordkovich had a broken shifter cable replaced overnight, he talks about why he decided to get into electric bicycles.
As for the bike he's riding, the Aries is a combination mountain and commuter bike that uses a 250 Watt direct drive motor geared into the pedal crank, Energy comes with an amazingly light and easily-swappable lithium-polymer battery that is good for about 40 miles of pedal-assist. He is pulling a small bike trailer, in which he also is carrying spare batteries, enabling him to cover 80-100 miles per day. The batteries are recharged while he rests overnight.
Besides the Aries, Evelo also offers two additional models, the Aurora with a lower, step-thru frame suitable for both men and women; and the Luna, a comfort-focused cruiser. Prices start at $1,895 for the Aurora.
Follow Boris as he pedals -- with electric-assist -- across America at: TransAmericanElectricBikeTour.com.
Evelo Electric Bicycles
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