Veloteq has been offering power-on-demand electric bicycles in Canada for five years.
They were evaluated for safety and compliance by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) from the very beginning, as well as by Canada Customs and the CBSA.
Veloteq products were developed from the very beginning to satisfy the requirements of users in British Columbia, which encompasses wide variations in terrain, from Vancouver Island to the Okanagan Valley. Veloteq now has 30 dealers across Canada, and the number is increasing rapidly.
- Batteries used on Veloteqs are very high quality colloid Voltage Regulated Sealed Lead Acid batteries. We will shortly introduce a new type of power supply which will obsolete all of those currently in use.
- Specially desiged very high power controllers were developed to deal with the high current demand required on the hill of B.C. Veloteq has also done away with fuses that are prone to "popping" easily and has replaced them with more advanced power system protection devices. Heavy gauge electrical wiring is used throughout to eliminate "melt down" which can occur during periods of high power demand.
- The traditional hub motor has been replaced by a new type of gear reduction motor, factory modified for North American use, that will enable all Veloteq models to climb virtually any incline intended for motor vehicle traffic. Look for these on the 2008 models.
- Veloeq paint finishes are high quality automotive enamel, not the inexpensive lacquer finishes used on the less expensive ebikes, which are easily scratched. Look at the sticker price, but after doing so, we advise that interested users also look carefully "under the hood".
The anonymous commentator concludes: “Veloteq products are now sold throughout the US Gulf Coast and Veloteq is also rapidly expanding throughout California and all the adjecent states. You will be seeing a lot more from Veloteq.”
As this blog recently noted, e-bikes need a standard, low cost battery packs that are reliable, robust, and powerful. VRLA battery packs are relatively low in price.
On the other hand, Bike Toronto commentator Mountaineer Midnight Lover states that Veloteq bikes “have major electrical problems like lighting, and their bikes break down for no reason.” The commentator also repeats an often heard complaint that the range claimed in untrue. “Just stop a Veloteq rider and they will tell you that their bikes do not travel as far as they claim.” So much for reliable and robust, eh?
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