iZip E3 Compact goes electric

A few years back we highlighted an electric bicycle company known as Currie Technologies.

 Recently, the company unveiled a compact electric bike developed in collaboration with folding bike specialist Dahon [PDF].

The iZip E3 Compact, as the name implies, is designed to be folded up and easily stored in the trunk of a car, or taken on a bus or train, when not being ridden. It makes use of a Dahon aluminum folding frame set, according to Currie, and is the first collaboration between the two on an electrified folding bike.

The electric bike bosts technology that allows one to choose pedal assist or power on demand modes. It is driven by a 36-volt Currie powertrain system, which consists of a brushless motor and what’s described as a high capacity Samsung lithium-ion battery pack.

Specifications of the iZip E3 Compact include a top speed of up to 18 miles per hour, dependent upon rider weight and terrain, among other factors. It also offers a range under electric mode, with normal pedaling, of up to 22 miles.

The bike is designed to accommodate tall and short riders, according to Currie, and can be easily adjusted to fit most people. The wheels on the iZip E3 Compact are alloy 20-inch rims with stainless steel spokes, while the saddle is a Velo sport with a micro-adjust post.

User controls allow for the rider to activate the power assist mode, as well as keep track of the battery’s energy level. The e-bike’s battery life allows for up to 500 charge cycles, and it can be fully charged in between four to six hours.

As for pricing, the iZip E3 Compact will go for around $1,900 when it becomes available early next year. It isn’t the first folding electric bike we’ve seen before though, with Brampton, for example, being among those trying their hand in this space as well.

* Nino Marchetti, EarthTechling