EV startup Velotric has released its fourth e-bike, hoping to replace the family car on shopping trips or school runs with the Packer 1 heavy-duty cargo e-bike and the Go 1 compact utility e-bike.
Velotric was launched in 2021 by Adam Zhang, former hardware co-founder of e-scoot and e-bike sharing company Lime, along with other industry veterans. The first product to launch was the crowdfunded Discover 1 urban e-bike, followed by the Nomad 1 fat-tire adventurer, and most recently, the stealthy Thunder.
Now, the startup is helping people move things around town with a double helping of Level 2 rides.
“The Velotric Packer 1 and Go 1 are designed to make short trips greener and more enjoyable,” said company co-founder Ted Li. “Riders can now lighten their load and enjoy unprecedented convenience on their last mile trips.” —change their routines and embark on short adventures.”
Constructed with a low-step 6061 aluminum alloy frame, the Packer 1 is designed to accommodate riders between 5.25 and 6.5 feet (1.6 – 1.98 m) in height. The entire Shebang weighs 75 pounds (34 kilograms) and is capable of hauling up to 176 pounds (80 kilograms) on the rear rack, with a maximum load capacity of 440 pounds (approximately 200 kilograms).
The 750-watt rear hub motor has a peak power of 1,200 watts and produces 75 Nm (55 lb-ft) of torque, providing a Level 2 top PAS speed of 20 mph (32 km) on five levels through cadence sensing, but Can be unlocked properly at a speed of 25 mph (40 km/h). An 8-speed Shimano gear set allows for more flexible riding options, plus a thumb throttle. Also included is Assisted Walking Mode, which is especially useful when the Packer 1 is fully loaded.
The down tube houses a 691.2 Wh battery comprised of LG 21700 cells and has UL 2849 and UL 2271 safety certifications. Velotric estimates that at the lowest power level, riders can travel 45 miles (72 kilometers) using the accelerator alone, or 52 miles (83.6 kilometers) with pedal assist.
Hydraulic suspension forks with 80 mm of travel should help smooth out uneven terrain, and there’s a 26-inch wheel up front with 2.4-inch puncture-resistant CST tires and a 20-inch rim at the rear wrapped in 3-inch CST mids . Stopping power is provided by four-piston hydraulic brakes with 180mm rotors, and there’s a double-leg center mount for parking stability.
There’s a 3.5-inch backlit LCD display on the handlebar that shows speed, distance, PAS level and battery status at a glance, and the cargo e-bike works with the Apple Find My network for location should opportunists try to steal it track.
Velotric’s Packer 1 is available in two colors for $1,999, but it’s currently on sale with a $200 discount.
The Go 1 is similar to the Packer 1, but is shorter at 1,630 mm (64.1 in) compared to 2,083 mm (82 in) and lighter at 65 lb (29.5 kg) compared to 75 lb .
The forks are slightly less squishy, with 60mm of travel. The alloy frame can reportedly accommodate shorter riders, but the rear rack has a load capacity of 120 lbs (54.4 kg). Overall payload capacity is the same, though, at 440 pounds, and there’s also a double-leg center stand here.
This model’s 500 W hub motor has a peak power of 900 watts and a torque of 65 Nm (48 lb.ft), but has the same 2 speeds and top (unlocked) speed as its sibling. It’s missing a gear though, and this outing uses a Shimano TY300-7 derailleur. The practical e-bike also packs a 691.2-watt-hour battery, but has a range of 48 miles (77 kilometers) per charge on throttle alone and 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) with pedal assist.
The Go 1 comes with 20-inch wheels and 3-inch puncture-resistant CST tires and has an MSRP of $1,799, currently $300 off.
Both models are available and are compatible with a host of optional accessories, including baskets, upholstered seats, safety bars and travel bags. The short video below has more.
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