Blunsdon-based electric vehicle company e-motion stocks the largest selection of power-assisted cycles in the town, and is the only e-max scooters dealer in the south west.
Company owner Mark Butler, who also operates Swindon’s environmentally friendly local courier service Ecolink, said “we’ve gone for what we know to be the best on the market. Power-assisted bikes appeal to business people who need to get to where they’re going comfortably, without having to change clothes and take a shower when they get there. Yet there is still the potential for good exercise as most models need to be travelling up to three miles per hour before the power kicks in.”
The bicycles are powered by lightweight lithium batteries and cost less than 10p to charge up for 56 miles of assisted cycling.
“The bikes range in price from £550 for a shopper to £1,500 for a sportier model,” said Mark. “The piece-de-resistance of power-assisted bikes is probably the Gocycle city bike which is the lightest electric bike in the world. Built from magnesium it’s designed by F1 racing designer Richard Thorpe and will fold into a carry case, perfect for the commuting city worker.”
The bikes are suitable for riders from 14 upwards; the minimum age for the scooters is 16 years. Mark added, “a motorbike licence and certificate of basic training is needed for a scooter, as well as a proper helmet, but with no road tax payable, a cost of about 46p for 50 miles of travel and the ability to use motorcycle lanes in heavy traffic, this has got to be a very attractive transport option.”
e-motion gives a two year warranty on all bikes and scooters, and offers a repair and maintenance service. “We will build, test and deliver your bike or scooter for free anywhere within a 50 mile radius of Swindon,” said Mark.
Electric bicycles qualify for the government’s cycle to work scheme, by which employees can get up to 40 per cent discount on a new bike as long as their company supports the scheme.
To arrange a free, no-obligation test ride call Mark on 708020 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org