Being an automotive writer, I’ll have a go at anything; especially when it has an element of fun – and wheels.
With the advance of technology and capability of new and improved battery life we are seeing a surge of cost-effective electric vehicles.
This of course brings into the limelight the electric bicycle.
I have not ridden one before so when Greg Sneddon from Rayvolt offered me the opportunity to test one for a bit, I did. On a beautiful day in the garden city, I had a run through with the Rayvolt Cruzer.
Rayvolt are based in Spain and produce a wide range of what I would call bespoke, steampunk-style bicycles.
Think gun metal, Clockwork Orange and English racing green, along with leather seating and carrier bags to provide a very “yesteryear” feel.
Download the ELVA app to customise all your settings, from speed right through to effort ratios. It also has music and a GPS.
I decided to just go with the fastest option with the least amount of effort and I was off on a thrill of a ride. Using 13 electric cells with 48V and 10.5 Amp Hours (ah) on the standard battery and 48.21 on the duel – you have quite an amazing range of 120km.
Sailing round North Hagley park was sheer exhilarating fun. Overall, the experience was well worth it; 10 out of 10 and that’s just for fun.
Yesterday’s charm, tomorrow’s technology, today’s fun. If you’re looking at an electric bicycle, you might as well join the Rayvolution.