eZee Forza showing off against the beautiful Johannesburg
NEWS: All new eZee's come with 2
year warrantee on their batteries! If you buy a different
brand, make sure you get the same. The battery is one of the
most important parts of an electric bike*. All eZee bikes
now come with Sony 11Ah or
15 Ah and also have option of 21 Ah to go over 100km or more
eZee SA have been
selling electric bicycles in South Africa for over 9 years.
No other electric bicycle is more represented and better supported
on SA roads. Many happy riders in JHB, PTA, DBN, CT, PE, Bloem,
Oudtshoorn, Klerksdorp, Blouberg, Kleinmond, Baberton, Tzaneen,
Thabazimbi, Nelspruit, East London etc. etc....
We have shipped our electric
bicycles all over SA and this model only works because...eZee
bikes don't break!
Some riders doing more than 1000km's per month via their daily
commute. eZee bikes are not toys, but serious and beautiful
We do not spend money on
brick and mortar shops, huge marketing or mix conventional
and electric bikes. We focus on the niche of electric bikes
and sell through a simple referral system, with strategically
located service agents.
Note: We get daily calls
from people who bought bikes from others and that cannot get
support now or are unhappy with the quality of product / performance.
Just because someone can slap a generic Chinese motor onto
a bicycle, does not mean it is worth your money (they all
say "Powered by a 'big name' battery", but it is
rarely true). Before you decide which brand to buy; make sure
you invest in proven quality and read here
why it should
be an eZee.
of eZee electric bicycles
are many reasons why someone would choose an eZee electric
bike. Below are a few of the most popular *:
eZee electric bicycles
require about 250Wh to travel roughly 30km’s. This translates
to about 20 cents worth of electricity at current Eskom prices.
This means a trip of 100 km’s would cost less than 70
Additional costs to
consider are regular bicycle maintenance (similar to a conventional
bicycle) and the battery life reduction. The battery have
a lifetime of about 500-900 charges, meaning about 2 years
worth of full charges and discharges for a person using the
bike every working day for a 50km trip. Based on the cost
of a replacement battery, this ads about 10 c/km to the estimated
total running cost.
Electric bikes are currently the most energy
efficient means of transport available to man. They emit 30
times less CO2 than a small car and emit zero emissions in
cities while in actual use. They are also quiet. A 100 000
electric bicycle users would save SA 12000 tons of CO2 per
Clears traffic congestion
With more people using electric bicycles
as a means of transport, roads will be less congested.
A good electric bike effectively flattens
hills, increasing your average speed and eliminating the 'groan'
factor when a gradient comes into view. Provided you supply
a reasonable amount of effort, you can expect to climb hills
of 1 in 10 (10%) on an electric bike with ease, and clear
a maximum gradient of 1 in 7 (14%), or much more. In hilly
country, the effect is nothing short of miraculous.
It sounds unlikely, doesn't it? But the
mathematics is compelling. Think of a steep and busy road,
with cars climbing at 50 km/h. If you previously slogged up
the hill at 10 km/h, but can tackle the same gradient at 20km/h
with an electric bike, you will see 33% fewer cars, and they
will pass you slower.
Whatever the figures, there's no doubt that an electric bike
helps to keep you out of danger. The same general principle
applies to road junctions - the faster your acceleration,
the sooner you can get out of trouble. And with no need to
rush the hills, you won't be tempted to ride downhill at breakneck
speed... another useful safety feature.
Surely a conventional bike will keep you
fitter? That, of course, depends how much - if at all - you
use it. Research has found that 46% of conventional bikes
are used only once or twice a week, with a further 30% being
used once a fortnight or even less. By contrast, a recent
survey of electric bicycle owners reveals that a third ride
their bike at least once a day and 81% use the bike at least
once a week. The figures confirm our experience that an electric
bike typically gets used at least twice as often as a conventional
machine. Because riding an electric bike is a great deal more
enjoyable in hilly country, into strong winds, or when carrying
heavy loads, users tend to make better use of them. The motor
provides up to half the effort, but more regular use means
more exercise for the rider.
Sweat may not be a serious issue when you're
out for a leisure ride, but it's more important if you're
cycling to work. Although some employers are rather grudgingly
providing showers and other facilities for cyclists, the great
majority have no intention of doing so. An electric bike eliminates
the problem at source. In hot weather, it's possible to maintain
a normal schedule by transferring a bit more load to the electric
motor. In colder weather - or if you feel in need of exercise
- just throttle back, or turn the motor off.
There's a lot of nonsense talked about
sustainability in transport, but an electric bicycle can be
made genuinely sustainable. Purchase electricity from a 'green'
supplier, or generate your own with a roof-mounted windmill
or solar panel array, and the vehicles' fossil fuel consumption
will be zero.
In theory a car can average a high speed,
but in practice speed often falls below 20km/h in cities.
The problem is congestion - motorcycles get around this to
some extent, but they're still confined to the road network.
An electric bike can maintain a higher average speed than
a bicycle but take advantage of the same network of cycle
facilities, giving access to routes that cars and motorcycles
cannot reach. The result is often a faster door-to-door journey
time than any other mode. And by taking advantage of the uncongested
cycle network, but eliminating hills and headwinds, electric
bikes are often the most consistent mode of travel.
Electric bikes are new technology, and it's early days
yet, but the evidence points to a much better resale value
than a conventional bike.
* Some information courtesy A to B Magazine,
UK; ** Dr. Ian de Vries, The potential of Electric Bicycles