We spent yesterday at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre on the edge of Basildon running an electric bike demo. Ford have their own test track at Dunton and hold a regular ’Walk the Track’ event to encourage their employees to be more physically active. We took along a range of the latest electric bikes for the Ford staff to take for a spin on the track.
Electric bikes have come on massively in the last couple of years. As well as being massively more reliable they are now lighter and faster than ever. The big bike brands have brought out electric mountain bikes and road bikes as well as hybrids and town bikes. It was fantastic to be able to show this technology off to the staff at Dunton where Ford do lots of research and technical engineering work.
As well as our own fleet of electric demo bikes from the likes of Specialized and Diamondback we were joined at Dunton by Whyte and A2B who are both making cutting edge electric models. Whyte are probably best known as pioneers of mountain bike suspension design but have always had a strong lineup of hyrbids and other bikes. At the moment their electric range is focussed on town and city bikes like the Whyte Highgate which combines an electric motor with an integrated light system.
A2B are also making a lot of city bikes as well as more traditional sit up and beg town bikes, folders and even touring bikes. One of their standout models is the Blake which goes for a very stripped down minimalist look.
The electric bikes seemed to go over very well with the Ford employees. At several points we had all of the electric demo bikes out on test and it was great to be able to show employees of one of the world’s biggest car companies to the benefits of modern electric bikes.