Dealers begin stocking Polaris eBike electric bicycles

Publish Date: 
Feb 25, 2013

MIAMI, Fla. - Polaris has teamed with manufacturer EVantage to distribute a new line of Polaris eBike electric bicycles in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

Both bicycle dealers and select Polaris dealers are stocking the lineup, the companies reported.

Founded in 2009, EVantage is a developer of electric drive systems and electric bicycles. It has offices in Florida, Boston and Hong Kong.

Polaris eBikes are eight-speed bicycles equipped with an electric motor powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion ProRide battery. According to EVantage, the bikes can travel up to 30 miles on a single charge at a speed of up to 20 mph, and people do not need a license or insurance. The MSRP for all eBike models is $2,999.

To recharge, owners pop out the internal battery pack and charge it off the eBike. The battery can also be charged on the eBike, which recharges in four to six hours. An LED indicator shows battery status level whether in use or recharging.

Polaris eBikes are both throttle-controlled and pedal-assisted. The bikes feature EVantage’s Biosync Pedal Assistance technology and Power On-Demand Throttle Control, which operates like a throttle to allow riding without pedaling.

The Biosync Pedal Assistance technology is comprised of a MultiSensor and controller. BioSync reads the power output of a rider during a natural pedal motion. It then matches that output to give the rider an efficient and comfortable ride. EVantage claims that BioSync technology “results in the closest thing to the feeling of a regular bike ride, but with added power.”

The Arc Regenerative Braking feature recovers energy by capturing power through both regenerative braking and when the bike exceeds 20 mph, returning power to the battery supply.

The DuoDrive Motor uses both speed and high torque, switching from a SpeedDrive configuration on flat or low-intensity terrain to a TorqueDrive configuration on hilly or other high-resistance terrain. The Smart Control system automatically manages the drive mode, changing to accommodate the ride environment. (continued)