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GO GREEN! RIDE AN ELECTRIC BIKE BATTERY POWERED!
WE RIDE OUR EV WARRIOR TO WORK AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. I WORK ON BASE PHD AND RIDE FROM NORTH OXNARD. MOST OF THE TIME MY ARRIVAL AT WORK IS BETTER THAN DRIVING -- You've been riding your bicycle for more than an hour. Your legs feel like rubber, your heart is pounding, and home is still a hill away. What do you do? Press a button and, after a small jolt, away you go - no sweat.
That's the selling point automotive entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin and businessman Malcolm Currie are counting on to propel sales of their electric
bicycle, the EV Warrior.
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS . WE ARE MOVING TO A RANCH AND THE EZ WARRIOR WOULD NOT BE PRACTICAL UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. ALTHOUGH WE ARE WAITING FOR A 4X4 MODEL!!
PLEASE CALL 805 295 0589 ASK FOR MARIE OR ROB
It's now available on the Peninsula at Oyster Point Dodge and in South Hampton Roads at Charles Barker Infiniti in Virginia Beach.
Developed by the pair's California-based Electric Bicycle Co., the EV Warrior is a six-speed bike that has two electric motors for giving a weary rider a much-needed break. A pair of rechargeable 12-volt lead-acid batteries power the motors, which straddle the bike's rear wheel in a plastic housing mounted behind the seat.
The motors drive the wheel by turning a roller resting against the top of the back tire. When you press the brakes or turn off the power, the motors stop - and unless you keep pedaling - the bike will too.
It takes about 3 1/2 hours to charge the batteries when they're completely drained, but a 90-minute charge usually does the trick, says company spokesman Robert Rooney.
Without pedaling, a rider can cruise up to 20 mph for 15 miles to 20 miles depending on conditions - hills use more juice, for example. If you pedal and use the motor only for an occasional boost, the charge lasts longer, Rooney said.
You have to pay for that boost, however. The EV Warrior models available locally retail for $1,499 to $1,999. Typically, a good quality, street-oriented bike costs between $250 and $300, although the lightest can cost much more, said Mike Phillips, manager of HDK Cycles in Hampton.
At 65 pounds, he said, the EV Warrior is more than twice as heavy as the average bike, which weighs about 25 to 30 pounds.
"Whoa!" Phillips said. "For that money you could get an 18- to 20-pound bike that moves really fast."
Although it's styled like a mountain bike, the EV Warrior is strictly for road use. Like a car, the bike has rearview mirrors, headlights and a rear brakelight. But like a bike, it has pedals and a kickstand, and you don't need a license to operate it.
Which begs the question why Electric Bicycle is selling the EV Warrior through a network of 150 automobile dealerships.
Simple, says Rooney: Car dealers can devote more space to displays and test rides, can do a great deal of advertising and marketing and can offer customers more financing options.
If that sounds like Electric Bicycle knows a little something about business, it does. Currie, the company's chairman, was head of Hughes Aircraft Co., president of Delco Electronics and an undersecretary of defense
Bricklin, the company's president, founded Subaru of America in 1968 to import the Japanese automaker's cars, introduced the short-lived Bricklin SV-1 gull-wing sports car in 1974 and founded Yugo America Inc. in 1984.
Their new venture, the company says, is aimed at making "the Electric Revolution happen now."
David Julien, general sales manager for Oyster Point Dodge, said he began lobbying for the right to sell the EV Warrior on the Peninsula when he read about it last year in The Wall Street Journal.
"We sell watercraft and all-terrain vehicles, so were looking to be a total transportation center," he said.
Electric Bicycle is touting the bike as an energy-efficient replacement for mopeds and motor scooters because it doesn't use gasoline. In fact, said Rooney, a resort area in Oregon replaced about 10 of its mopeds with the bikes because of their Earth-friendly qualities.
The company's salespeople even have an answer for fitness buffs who might say the bike is for powder puffs.
"If you want to exercise you can turn the power off and keep on pedaling," said Tom Bundick of Oyster Point Dodge.
But not everyone will go for an electric bike.
"Probably older recreational riders," said one bike shop salesman, who thinks racers would look at it only out of curiosity.
That fits right in the company's strategy.
"If there was a husband and a wife, and the wife was into cycling and the husband wasn't," Rooney said, "with the EV Warrior, he could easily keep up."
EV WARRIOR SPECS
* Weight: 65 pounds.
* Propulsion system: Two 24-watt, 900-volt motors run by two 12-volt, 17-amp batteries.
* Speed: Up to 20 mph without pedaling, with a handlebar-mounted, thumb-controlled throttle.
* Tires: 26 inches in diameter, 2 1/8 inches wide.
* Standard: Onboard computer with speedometer/odometer/clock and battery energy gauge; electronic horn; cruiser-style seat.
* Options: Signal mirrors, disc brake, theft-deterring handlebar-locking transmitter.
* Frame made: In Malaysia by Zimmark Corp. for the Electric Bicycle Corp.; assembled in the U.S.
* Price: $1,499 to $1,899, locally.
Unlike motor scooters, mopeds - and the EV Warrior - don't require a driver's license. That's because a motor scooter is a completely motorized vehicle that is started with a key, according to State Polie Sgt. Bert Epps, while mopeds have pedals and an by powered by a person.
EV Warrior was started back in 1995 with over $10 million in funding from big name investors such as Sanyo and Currie. Containers of these bike arrived from China but the $2000 retail price for a lead acid powered bike was too high, and the styling was dorky and the brand bit the dust shortly after its debut. •Location: north oxnard
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