E-bike brands target disability market

'Demand for electric trikes has outstripped availability’
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Two brands are aiming to fill a space in the electric bike market with new electric three-wheelers.

Dienatronic, a division under Slovakia’s Novatec, brought the e-3cycle to Taipei Cycle earlier this month. According to the company, it can be considered a sports wheelchair, though it has been built with ‘pedelec characteristics’.

The electric tricycle is powered by hand cranks and assisted by a 250W/36V motor hub, allowing the user to enjoy a ride with less physical effort required. The motor assistance can bring up to 25km per hour maximum speed with a maximum distance of 50km, depending on use.

Five assist power levels are available with the e-3cycle, which has a maximum climbing angle of 12° and a seven-speed derailleur. Adjustable seat and footrests are included with the e-3, as is an audible notification device, seat with safety belt, front marker lights, rear brake light and directional indicators. A parking lock is featured too.

The brand told BikeBiz: “Dienatronic conceptualised a new e-bike concept for physically challenged individuals and the e-3cycle helps those with physical disabilities to get on the road with family and fellow cyclists to enjoy the freedom and outdoor lifestyle brought by cycling.”

Futher details are available at www.dienatronic.com and via email at
info@dienatronic.eu

Mission and WAW launch E-Solo and E-Trilogy
A joint venture between WAW Associates and Mission Cycles has resulted in the development of the E-Solo and E-Trilogy electric trikes, based on Mission Cycles’ Solo and Trilogy frames. Available in March in the UK, the trikes use WAW’s electric know-how, the company responsible for the Conv-e electric conversion kit.

The two models have been put together to fill a gap in the marketplace, meet current demand for trikes and particularly target those with a disability or those needing electric assistance to build their fitness levels.

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WAW Associates’ MD Keith Palmer has over ten years experience in the electric bike industry. He said: “The demand for electric trikes has often outstripped product availability over the last three or four seasons, so I am very excited about bringing the E-Solo and E-Trilogy to the arena. The chance to combine WAW Associates’ electric conversion experience with long-established Mission Cycles, to develop a new model based upon their current best-selling frames, is a great opportunity and a recipe for success.”

Mission Cycles’ Dean Wilsher added: “This is a very exciting move for us. Developing our best-selling trikes into electric tricycles opens up a new market as well as meeting current demand. We’re delighted to be working with WAW Associates who have a great deal of experience in the electric bike industry that we can build on to ensure the best reception for these two new bikes."

The E-Solo and E-Trilogy will both be available in 20-inch wheel or 24-inch wheel versions, with throttle operation, brushless motors, LCD display and 36V lithium batteries.

The electric trikes will only be available to the cycle trade via Mission Cycles from March retailing at around £1400.00 including VAT.

www.missioncycles.co.uk

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