Toronto’s Daymak, an ebike manufacturer, announced the launch of its EC1 Special Edition (SE) electric bicycle and a solar charging station. The station has wireless charging capabilities and can charge the EC1’s 36 volt lithium ion battery within 4 to 6 hours giving it an electric power range of 15 to 18 miles.
Daymak intends on creating networks of charging stations throughout cities to charge rental fleets of ebikes for tourists and residents. When the bike is out of power it is locked into the charging station. Once charged, the bike will be available to new riders who can unlock it via a mobile application or key card.
By creating a network of charging stations, Daymak is creating what may be the first ebike charging network. It could make the experience more like the network of electric vehicle chargers, allowing users to extend the range of ebike trips for longer rides. Like Envision Solar’s EV ARC, the chargers can be off-grid and portable.
“Our goal is to test the technology on this EC1 SE and implement free wireless charging stations across all our dealers and stores upon finalizing the system. It can also be used for rental fleets, tour operators and vacation properties. It only takes a few hours to charge and there is no need to bring a charger,” said Aldo Baiocchi, president of Daymak.
Daymak plans to expand its retail locations across Canada, enabling the company to extend the range its free mobile charging network and provide customers with a hands on understanding of its new technology. The company will install free charging stations at each of its Canadian dealers and will offer mobile service within 186 miles of each retail location.
"We need to have a physical presence throughout Canada! We've developed a profitable model that has proven success in reducing the number of gas vehicles on the road. We're now looking replicate that formula across the country. Our goal for 2017 is to open retail centers for light electric vehicles in all our provinces. A place where you can touch and try every product,” said Baiocchi.
This is not the first time Daymak has introduced light electric vehicles that utilize solar technology. The company introduced its Beast all-terrain vehicle series in 2015. These light electric vehicles feature a removable 15 watt solar battery pack which extends the range of the ebike by 6 miles per 8 hour “trickle-charge”. What would take an estimated 55 hours under ideal sunlight conditions, the Beast’s ability to solar charge its lithium-ion battery during idle periods of use in small increments extends its battery life cycle by avoiding deep battery discharge, according to Daymak.Tweet