The Polaris eBike is an eight-speed mountain bike equipped with an electric motor that runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. The bike can travel up to 30 miles on a single charge at a speed of up to 20 mph. Recharging takes four to six hours.
The bike has a throttle control so you can ride without pedaling. When you do pedal, the bike’s sensor and controller gauge the power of the pedaling motion and adjust the output so that the rider has the feeling of a regular bike ride, but with added power.
The Polaris has a display board to show speed, trip distance, total miles and battery range. An energy recovery system captures power through regenerative braking and when the bike exceeds 20 mph, returning power to the battery supply.
The new bikes are a cooperative endeavor of Polaris Industries, which makes off-road vehicles, snowmobiles and motorcycles, and EVantage, which develops electric drive systems and high-performance electric bicycles.
The Polaris is sold through a dealer network. Suggested retail price is $2,999. For information, visit polarisebikes.com.