WoodlandHills wrote:As long as most eBikes have a rats nest of wires and strange boxes hanging all over them, nobody will want one. There just aren't enough tinkerers and DIYers to support the sales needed to be a mass market business and your neighbors don't want a science project, they want an iPhone! A clean and simple looking design that is not intimidating in the slightest bit.
Absolutely true, I get lots of fascinated questions, but the apparent "complexity" of the systems turns people off.
Something in the Prodeco class, dead simple to operate (turn the key, climb on, and push the throttle). Prodeco also did well isolating the functions, twist shifter under the left hand, throttle for the right thumb and brake levers, again dead simple.
They need to be delivered operational, well tuned, and reliable so that the only difference between them and bikes is that they get hooked to a charger once in a while. I ride mine to the local store because it is quicker than getting in my car. Hmmm having them delivered with a set of low slung panniers for groceries and etc might not be a bad idea either, get people comfortable with the idea of CARRYING things on a bike. Ahh, and one more, STEP through easy boarding is not just for girl's bikes anymore.
So, these are the key needs:
- simple -- hidden wiring, simple controls
easy to use -- step through, low center of gravity
working properly at delivery
useful at delivery, including SOME kind of cargo capacity
low maintenance and reliable
modular battery enables low cost upgradeable model -- say $500
That list might get them in broader use. The key is to minimize the learning curve and to eliminate sources of frustration.