The new version of the Volt Lite folding electric bike has enhanced its versatility by adding a powerful Bafang M820 mid-mounted motor.
The move to a mid-engine opens up new possibilities for touring, while maintaining the Lite’s primary purpose as a travel vehicle, according to Volt.
The British e-bike brand ensures that the Lite remains easy to fold and transport.
Built around an alloy frame and fork, the Volt Lite weighs, according to Volt, 18kg with the 3kg 10AH battery. A lighter 7AH battery adds two kilos.
The Volt Lite will soon be available to purchase for £2,899 (international pricing TBC).
Why switch to a central engine?
Volt now specs the Lite with the Bafang M820 motor, which delivers 250W and 75Nm of torque.
It’s unusual for a folding electric bike like the Volt Lite to use a central motor.
These are more common on electric mountain bikes and cargo e-bikes. They provide plenty of power and torque needed for off-road assistance and hauling heavy loads.
While folding e-bikes and electric hybrids tend to use motors located in the front hub, as was the case with the previous generation of the Lite, because moving requires less power and torque.
This extra boost should mean the new Volt Lite will quickly accelerate up to 25km/h, the maximum speed allowed for e-bikes in the UK.
A handlebar-mounted dial controls the assistance level, which is displayed on an LCD screen.
Volt says the increased torque also helps the Lite climb steep hills outside the city.
Despite its powerful engine, Volt does not recommend adding child seats to the Lite. It has a maximum system weight (cyclist and luggage) of 100 kg.
100km on a single charge
Volt claims the removable 36V lithium-ion battery helps the Lite travel up to 100 km on a single charge.
In its own testing, Volt claims that a moderately fit 70kg cyclist completed this distance on flat terrain with average effort.
The 3kg battery charges in two to three hours and also powers the integrated front and rear lights, depending on the brand.
Volt claims the Lite’s one-size-fits-all frame covers sizes small to large, similar to the Volt London. Additionally, the Lite has a height-adjustable handlebar.
The Lite folds in the middle of the top tube, shrinking in half to measure 86cm long, 50cm wide and 70cm high. A magnet holds the folded parts together.
Gates belt drive
The Volt Lite features a Shimano Nexus three-speed internal hub gear and a Gates Carbon CDX belt drive instead of a chain.
Puncture-resistant Schwalbe Big Ben tires ride on 20-inch wheels.
Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, full mudguards, kickstand and Velo saddle complete the package.
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