press coverage

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Here is a directory of some of the press coverage that Velo Electrique has received to date.

Daily Telegraph

Saturday February 14th 2014 – Pet Subjects – coverage of ‘dog carrying option’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/petshealth/10636054/Pet-subjects-how-can-I-stop-my-dog-barking.html

 

The Guardian

Wednesday 22nd January 2014 – Peter Walker – Bike Blog – Velo Cargo E250 trial write up

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2014/jan/22/cycling-electric-cargo-bike-velo-electrique

 

The Independant

Sunday 15th December

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bakfiets-bikes-would-you-cart-your-kids-off-to-school-in-one-9005422.html

 

A to B Magazine.

March 2014

A to B March 2014

* please note that the authors cost per mile calculations may seem very high, this is because they are ‘total’ in their analysis of their cost of ownership for all of their tested cycles, they factor in complete lifecycle costs where us most of us just want to know how much it costs to charge the bike with electricity per mile which is far far less. We also disagree with their understanding of the range of the bike as we think this is far to low, the author states that all bikes are ridden at maximum speed, so we assume that they didn’t really put too much cycling effort in, which is in our opinion not the way to use an E-bike. In our opinion, you shoudl use the E-power only when you need to. From using the Velo in this way our personal bike regularly achieves 25-35 miles on a charge with use in a hilly area, we are both 40-ish and of moderate fitness. Other Velo owners have corroborated this range value. We believe that the tester may be used to non putting that much effort into cycling e-bikes.

This being said, we very much value the test report from A to B magazine, which is one of the best magazines I have read for energy efficiency, fuel economy and green transport analysis and test reports – thanks David! http://www.atob.org.uk/

Please see the extract below to understand A to B’ s calculations.

Running costs are an approximate guide per mile, and are based on a number of assumptions (please note that extras such as insurance are not included). Note also that the actual energy costs are very much lower – typically 0.05p per mile! Most of the cost of running an electric bike is depreciation:

  • Depreciation of purchase price over ten years
  • Depreciation of battery, assuming a battery life of 500 charge cycles (nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal-hydride), or 250 cycles per guarantee year (lead-acid or lithium-ion)
  • Consumables, such as tyres and chains @ 2p per mile (assuming annual mileage of 2,500 miles)
  • Electricity cost @ 8p per kWh

NOTES: Annual mileage of 2,500 miles. Mileage per full charge is based on the A to B test performance. All bikes are ridden at maximum speed. Economy will benefit from more gentle use!

We’re now using 15p for electricity, and we should really put it up. Note also that 2.5p per mile on sundries is a touch low nowadays.

 I make the Velo costs per mile as:

Vehicle depreciation (trike plus lighting set): 6p

Battery depreciation: 7.2p

Consumables: 2.5p

Electricity: 0.45p (assuming 15p/kWh, 85% charger efficiency, 14 miles per charge)

TOTAL: 16.2p (I must have left the lighting set out of the depreciation figures)

Running costs are an approximate guide per mile, and are based on a number of assumptions (please note that extras such as insurance are not included). Note also that the actual energy costs are very much lower – typically 0.05p per mile! Most of the cost of running an electric bike is depreciation:

  • Depreciation of purchase price over ten years
  • Depreciation of battery, assuming a battery life of 500 charge cycles (nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal-hydride), or 250 cycles per guarantee year (lead-acid or lithium-ion)
  • Consumables, such as tyres and chains @ 2p per mile (assuming annual mileage of 2,500 miles)
  • Electricity cost @ 8p per kWh

NOTES: Annual mileage of 2,500 miles. Mileage per full charge is based on the A to B test performance. All bikes are ridden at maximum speed. Economy will benefit from more gentle use!

 We’re now using 15p for electricity, and we should really put it up. Note also that 2.5p per mile on sundries is a touch low nowadays.

I make the Velo costs per mile as:

Vehicle depreciation (trike plus lighting set): 6p

Battery depreciation: 7.2p

Consumables: 2.5p

Electricity: 0.45p (assuming 15p/kWh, 85% charger efficiency, 14 miles per charge)

TOTAL: 16.2p (I must have left the lighting set out of the depreciation figures)