San Diego-based Juiced Bikes unveiled after which launched its latest e-bike mannequin, the RipRacer, final November. Now the corporate’s founder and CEO Tora Harris is taking us on a behind-the-scenes take a look at how manufacturing is transferring alongside in China.
The RipRacer was launched as a ‘fun-sized’ e-bike with smaller 20″ fats tires and a equally smaller body.
In contrast to historically giant fats tire e-bikes, the RipRacer is designed to be extra nimble for agile city driving, whereas nonetheless providing filth and path driving alternatives because of these fats tires.
It was launched in two variations: a Class 2 model of the bike that reaches speeds of as much as 20 mph (32 km/h), and a Class 3 model that pushes the envelope even additional with a prime pace of 28 mph (45 km/h).
The Class 2 bike makes use of a 52V 10.4Ah battery rated for 540 Wh to supply a max vary of 35 miles (56 km). The upper energy Class 3 model has a bigger 52V 15.6Ah battery with 780 Wh of capability that ought to obtain a max vary of nearer to 55 miles (88 km) per cost.
The bikes had been launched for pre-order months forward of when manufacturing was anticipated to be accomplished, which has develop into widespread follow within the e-bike business.
In a current video, seen under, Harris walks us via the manufacturing line on the firm’s manufacturing unit in China to see how the bikes are produced.
The frames could be seen passing via numerous TIG welding stations, the place the primary portion of the body is welded on a jig earlier than the rear triangle is welded onto the meeting.
“Thus far the frames look actually good,” defined Harris. “I’m very impressed with the standard of the body this time.”
From there, the completed frames cross via to the warmth therapy part of the manufacturing unit to strengthen the aluminum.
Subsequent we soar to an meeting space the place the frames could be seen already painted and being prepped with inner elements.
Wires and cables for the assorted electronics could be seen snaked via the frames as meeting staff within the background piece collectively extra elements on a transferring conveyer belt.
Harris defined that the corporate has begun with manufacturing of the Class 3 model of the RipRacer, which is the upper pace and longer vary model of the e-bike.
“We’ve bought our first bikes already coming off the road,” defined Harris earlier than including with a chuckle, “solely 4,000 extra to go!”
The RipRacer will debut with Juiced’s new battery case design, which comes with a carry deal with and customized holder for an Apple AirTag to assist find the battery or bike ought to both go lacking.
The batteries may even be capable of dock into Juiced’s new charging dock, which ought to come out later this yr.
The docking characteristic will serve double obligation as a powerbank, as it can add AC and DC energy faucets to permit the battery to offer off-grid energy for operating different units.
That’s a characteristic we haven’t seen earlier than within the e-bike market, however might add big performance for the big battery packs. Whereas many batteries have a single USB port that may enable them to function a powerbank for telephone charging and different units, the added performance of each AC and DC energy opens new doorways for utilizing e-bike batteries for off-grid energy provide.
Regardless of the seemingly good progress seen in manufacturing, Juiced’s web site nonetheless lists April because the anticipated supply timeline. That probably contains anticipated delivery delays from China because the nation’s month-long spring competition will start in February, in addition to stateside delivery delays attributable to lengthy waits for container ship unloading off the coast of California.
Whereas all of us watch for RipRacers to make their solution to North America, let’s hear what you consider the pint-sized e-bikes. Share your ideas within the remark part under!
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