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What is an electric bicycle?
Are they allowed on the road?
Federal electric bicycle amendment HR 727
With our electric bicycles classified as road legal bicycles, no registration or licensing is needed to own and operate our products.
Though most states follow the federal rules, some states (and local municipalities) have increased restrictions pertaining to electric bicycles use on public roads and trail systems. Please search your state/city laws regarding bicycle and electric bicycle use.
It is important that you follow the rules of the road and operate the bicycle in a safe way wherever you are riding.
Does the extra weight make it difficult to pedal without motor power?
Does the battery recharge while you pedal?
Volton bicycles are designed to draw battery power to assist while you pedal or control the throttle. The battery is recharged by simply connecting to a wall outlet until a full charge is reached.
On the other hand, regenerative charging systems works by having the rider work against the motor to replenish power. The effect is along the lines of riding with the brakes on while towing a heavy trailer. Regenerating systems also eliminate the opportunity to coast – one of the best things about riding a bike. Because of this, our electric drive systems do not implement regenerative features.
Are Volton Bicycles fast?
It is very important to keep your tires properly inflated. This simple maintenance reduces drag which benefits speed, range and riding comfort. It also prevents flat tires.
How far can I ride on one charge?
While using throttle only from a standing position, energy flow from the battery is high. Constantly using the throttle to power the bike from standing will exhaust the battery and reduce range. You can counter this by pedaling to reduce the stress and torque put on the electric drive system. The same rules apply to climbing hills. Though our electric drive system will power you up hills with ease, you can optimize the range of the pack by pedaling to reduce stress and energy flow out of the battery. With a minimum amount of pedal assist, you can climb hills and power through the wind without breaking a sweat while at the same time greatly extend the range of your battery pack.
What if I want a bigger motor or battery?
Volton Bicycle models stay within the parameters to be classified as road-legal bicycles – no registration, licensing or insurance fees are required. We offer affordable electric bikes that have the power to climb steep hills with ease and can travel over 30 miles on a charged battery. We also offer a model that easily reaches a top speed of 20 mph.
Our mission is to supply and support electric bicycles as a convenient, affordable, comfortable and fun form of transportation and Volton Bicycle models help convey that message.
We cannot offer support to any modifications to our bicycles. Any modification to our bicycles voids all warranties.
Where can I recycle my used batteries?
Call2Recycle has a large network of drop-off locations for old electronics and batteries.
We also recommend that you check with your own city and state for additional information, resources and guidelines.