August 22nd 2012 Currie Technologies announced today the release of their latest electric bike, the eFlow E3 Nitro.
I am familiar with this bike design which debuted at the 2012 Tapei Cycle show, and am excited about Curries decision to materialize this design and bring this bike to the marketplace.
The eFlow features a unique purpose built frame which integrates Currie’s high quality/ high capacity Samsung lithium manganese battery into the bike’s seatpost for a sleek design that allows for convenient charging in or away from the E-bike, along with a 500W rear hub motor.
“Electric bikes have become commonplace in Western Europe, and in the last few years they’ve really burst onto the scene in the American market, but American consumers have primarily seen E-bikes as utilitarian solutions or purely recreation rides,” said Currie Technologies President Larry Pizzi. “The eFlow is a perfect tool for commuters or other riders looking for a quick, high-performance bike that’s incredibly fun to ride and easy to own.”
The bike’s slick design is matched by construction and components designed for a performance ride, including an RST monoshock (front suspension has only one arm, right under the head set, which gives the bike a high-end slick look) , a 20-speed drivetrain (front and rear derailleurs), internal cable routings (wiring is hidden inside the frame) and Auriga E-Sub brakes, which have electronic sensors to cut power to the motor and activate regenerative braking to send power back to the battery (E-bike brakes really improve the safety of an electric bike.)
The eFlow will begin shipping to dealers early next year and will retail for $4,000.
At the 2012 Tapei Cycle Show in Taiwan we first saw this electric bike. Swiss bike designer “Flow AG” teamed up with bike manufacturer “Fairly Bikes” in Taiwan to create the Flow, which was one of 5 bikes in the show to win a gold design award.
When the rider parks his bike he can lock the bike and take seat and battery with him, preventing theft. The LiPo battery weighs around 8-lbs and comes equipped with a convenient shoulder strap for carrying convenience. The pack utilizes an automatic quick connect when the battery is plugged into the seat post tube. This enables easy battery switching if the user invests in extra proprietary “flow” battery packs.
The eFlow features a digital dash mounted on the front handlebar. From looking at the video below, I can say this looks like a dash that has not been used on another bike before and was made custom for the eFlow bike.
Currie has released this new video which shows that the bike will also come in a slick black color as well. You can get an idea of the quality components that Currie has chosen to compliment this stunning frame: