Guide to Storing Electric Bike Batteries

BULLS Outlaw electric bike batteryBy Edward Benjamin, LEVA Technician Training Program

One of the problems for ebikes is this: They can spend months inactive, and that is not good for batteries. And a dead battery, damaged by misuse or neglect, is both expensive and frustrating.

Different types of batteries have different needs. Here is a rough guide:

For all batteries: Charging and using them is the best way to keep the battery in good shape. An old saying from Aviation: “To keep em flying, keep em flying…” [Read more…]

How to Become an Electric Bike Technician

Ed Benjamin reviews the work members of the class who installed a Watts Up meter on a a ProdecoTech electric bike.

Ed Benjamin reviews the work members of the class who installed a Watts Up meter on a a ProdecoTech electric bike.

By Edward Benjamin, LEVA Founder & Chairman

Life and work in the bike biz is getting more difficult.

As I write this, the trade journals are reporting big decreases in bike shop revenues. (And we all know that there are a lot fewer bike shops today than a few years ago…)

Pay for folks who work in bike shops is not so good…. [Read more…]

Electric Bikes and “Quality”

ed-benjaminBy Edward Benjamin.

When I started assembling bikes as a teenager in the back of a bicycle shop, the widely hailed “best quality” bikes in the USA were Schwinn Bicycles that were manufactured in Chicago.

Those bikes arrived at the bike shop with many parts (brakes, saddle, pedals, cables, and more) yet to be attached. Good news for me and my peers – it took most of us 30 – 45 minutes or more of practiced effort to finish the assembly of the bike. And when we were finished, we had a bike that almost always had tiny flecks of paint missing. And there were bikes that needed [Read more…]

Report on Electric Bicycle Imports to USA by Brand in 2014-2015

ProdecoTech assembly facility 3By Edward Benjamin.

One of the challenges of tracking the ebike business in the USA is created by a lack of a uniform tariff or HTS numbers that are specific to electric bicycles.

So a researcher is limited to a process of using descriptions such as ebike, electric bike, etc.

The descriptions can be vague or misleading, so our team then checks for [Read more…]

Electric Bike Battery Fires and How to Prevent Them [VIDEO]

A lithium ion electric bike battery pack with its cells exposed.By Edward Benjamin, Lead Instructor of the Light Electric Vehicle Association Technician Training.

For a battery of any sort to catch fire is rare. For an electric bicycle battery to catch fire is, perhaps, even more rare.

There are about 220 million electric bikes in daily service around the globe, and fires are so rare as to attract [Read more…]

The USA Electric Bike Market Numbers

This is a guest post by Edward Benjamin and Audra Poynter, eCycleElectric Staff

With a population of more than 316 Million people, buying about 15 million normal bicycles most years, and a demographic that is shifting to an older, but active generation of baby boomers…the USA seems a natural market for electric powered two wheelers.

The European market, about 742 million people, buying about 20 million bicycles most years, is both larger, and buys fewer bicycles per capita than the USA.

However, much of Europe regards a bicycle of any type as transportation. (As well as for sports, fitness, and recreation.) This is a cultural norm and in such cultures ebike markets grow more quickly.

The USA is almost universal in [Read more…]

The Electric Bike of the Future Will be Social, Smart, Entertaining, & Talking to Traffic All The Time

The future of electric bikes will be highly networked!

This is a guest post from Edward Benjamin, Senior Managing Director of eCycleElectric LLC, and Chairman of Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA).

For nearly 20 years, I have watched engineers, inventors and designers steadily improving electric powered two wheelers. Improving performance, reliability, and appearance in nearly every aspect in every market.

Some of the electric bikes of today are truly marvelous. We have inexpensive bikes that successfully carry many millions of people to work every day. We have electric mountain bikes that carry [Read more…]

Electric Bike Technician Training at ProdecoTech by LEVA

Ed Benjamin reviews the work members of the class who installed a Watts Up meter on a a ProdecoTech electric bike.

Ed Benjamin reviews the work of members of the class who installed a Watts Up meter on a ProdecoTech Stride electric bike.

The other day Robert Provost, CEO of ProdecoTech, invited me to join them for the Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA) E-Bike Technician Training at ProdecoTech headquarters.

How could I say no?!

The LEVA E-Bike Technician Training helps electric bike dealers increase their e-bike knowledge and diagnose and troubleshoot electric bike technical issues for their customers.

Ed Benjamin is the founder and chairman of LEVA (also Managing Director of eCycleElectric) and he taught the 3 levels of [Read more…]

What Happened, What Comes Next: A Recap of Important Events from the 2013 Electric Bike Industry

This is a guest post from Ed Benjamin, Senior Managing Director of eCE and LEVA Chairman.

Reviewing 2013:

The electric bike industry enjoyed a successful year in 2013. Here is recap of what happened in some of the most important markets.

Electric bikes sales in China grew, but slowly. There is now an estimated 170 million electric bikes in use in China and the replacement of aging electric bikes is around [Read more…]

Sid Kuropchak, President of Light Electric Vehicle Association, Succumbs to Cancer.

Sid Kuropchak,President of Light Electric Vehicle Association

Sid Kuropchak, President of Light Electric Vehicle Association

This is very sad news.  Sid was a friend of mine and I will miss her very much.

The following is a press release from the Light Electric Vehicle Association.

Sidney Kuropchak, 61, President of Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA), passed away in her sleep, at home, on August 23.  Sid had battled cancer for the last year.

Sid is survived by spouse John Kuropchak and other family members.  A memorial will be scheduled and announced, in about a month.

Professionally, Sid was a co-founder of the Light Electric Vehicle Association, and had served as Executive Director, Board Member, and President.  Sid was just awarded a lifetime achievement award from LEVA.

Her leadership and pleasant management style was responsible for the rapid growth and [Read more…]