Rechargeable Power Energy North America, tied to one of Asia’s largest lithium cell manufacturers, seems to be on a mission to play the help the American jobs card, as they recently made an announcement of a new line of electric-assist bicycles that are being reportedly fully assembled and shipped from a new Las Vegas production and warehouse facility.
“We know that by bringing the bikes in unassembled,” said Ray Verhelst, CEO of RPE, in a statement,” we will increase our costs slightly, but our quality and attention to detail will increase dramatically, and it gives us an important position as a job creator.”
Regardless of your thoughts on this, the rather interesting looking Energie Cycles line, according to the company, will debut in September from this Nevada location. The electric bikes, of which there look to be four models, are said to have a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour and will require one to peddle in order to activate the electric motor. The maximum range looks to be over 35 miles on a single charge.
Three of the four models will have what is described as 36 volt, 16 amp hour packs built from advanced power cells that feature power ports for cell phone charging, LED lighting and an optional backup power said to almost double riding distance. The bikes sport angular box aluminum frames as their designs and, depending upon the model, have additional technology features such as large handlebar mounted LCD information displays and anti-theft wireless alarms.
The 2.6tm, described as the top line model amongst the Energie Cycles, is more mountain bike like than the others, offering features like Shimano gearing, SR adjustable aluminum suspension forks, hydraulic Tektro disc brakes and a 500watt Bafang brushless motor. It is said to have enough torque “to climb a 26 degree hill under throttle power.”
At the other end of the line up is the excursion 2.0. It is designed to be folded up so it can be stored in something like the bin of a motorhome. Its shaft drive system eliminates the handling of a chain when folding or unfolding it, according to the manufacturer.