The batteries are recycling just fine.
To finish up the review:
The trike comes from the factory/distributor almost completely assembled. You only have to mount the tire, handlebars, mirrors and mudguards.
Everything is accomplished using a same-sized allen wrench (maybe-haven't mounted the rear mudguards yet lol)
Everything on the trike worked outtada box (except the [external to the trike] charger which was faulty from the get-go)
The trike is equipped with:
-rear limited-slip differential
-7-speed derailleur with separate click- to- shift up/down thingies
-rear suspension... that works good
-turn signals, brake lights, headlights (running lights can't be turned off) and everything's bright and happy
-16" front wheel mounted with 13g spokes. The fork is steel and has generous dropouts with no
lawyer lips (very easy to add a front motor, which I've already ordered from highertechbikes) (because of dos heelz)
-20" rear tires- same rims and spokes mounted on the limited-slip differential using standard 3-pin trike hubs. Both wheels driven (kinda)
-tires are all Hookworms
-frame is fashioned from large heavy steel tubes (a good thing for an e-trike)
-Large, well lit speedometer/odometer with several modes of operation
-a (gasp) assembly and user's manual
-750W jackshaft-mounted rear motor 7-speed gear cage bolted to the motor's right side. Left side motor-mounted chain sprocket dives the rear differential.
-both a keyswitch (under the seat) and handlebar-mounted on/off switch which completely shuts down the trike (takes yur picz or yuse'm all)
-pedalec system plus half-twist throttle (for the pedal-shy amongst us)
-dual rear disc brakes activated by the left brake lever. Front v-brake activated by the right brake lever.
-e-brakes... like, whoopee they both work
-horn (finally, something to complain about- gonna add a 'much louder' bicycle bell *ding ding*)
-a lockable trunk for whomever uses a helmet and possibly large, heavy chains and locks for bondage purposes)
-2 each 39Ah 12V sled batteries (and one non-working charger to be replaced soon)
did I forgets anything?
Actually for $2300 (shipping additional) this is a pretty nice electrified semi-recumbent tricycle.
wanna go faster?- add enough battery to up the controller's voltage to (just below) 63V... but the lights/speedo run on 24V and a certain amount of re-wiring is required- not a problem for those electrically-inclined. Minor problem for those who isn't so-inclined.
The controller handles 36V without modifications but there's still the lights that will either need their own 24V battery or dc-dc converter and no-haven't measured the lighting speed-o system draw yet.
With the 'soft-start' controller wheelies are not
gonna be an issue.
Top speed is verified at 14mph, no pedaling (advertised 15.5mph) The pedal gearing is appropriate (but with the 170mm cranks I can't pedal more than 55-60 rpm so I spin out over 15 mph downhill)
The motor controller uses 'soft start'. (redundancies are redundantly redundant)
The pedalec system is pressure sensitive i.e using less pedal pressure garners less motor assist. (personally I don't care for 'intelligent' pedalecs)
The batteries are located in (my way of thinking) the best places. (see: https://endless-sphere.com/forums/viewto ... 2&start=90
it ain't a MT... but it abides by my needz