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After a recent visit to our contracted battery manufacturer i wanted to share with you some photos and videos of the process. Its worth noting that the Lithium cells that we use in Stark Drive are not actually made in China, they are made in Japan but the pack itself is assembled in China. The main benefits of a Chinese assembly are the labor costs which are significantly lower then in Japan, however even these are rising making way for some Chinese manufacturers (not necessarily in the battery industry) to sub contact out manufacturing to other neighboring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam etc. This is a good thing as it help to raise the standard of living in these countries as well by bringing investment capital. Further as the final assembly is done in these countries, there may not be the same import duties involved when one then ships the product with the all important *MADE IN ______ * label.
For example recently there has been a significant anti dumping duty imposed in the EU member states (~84%) as well as in the USA (25%) - a country that until recently had no import duties at all on electric bikes.
The batteries arrive to the assembly factory already assembled and labeled and the factories job is to combine them in the right parallel and serial connections in order to achieve the required Voltage and Current required. Stark Drive uses a 36V system on our bikes currently with an upgrade planned to 48V in the near future for all our bikes.
Think of a Volt as the “force” pushing Amps through the system. The higher the voltage, the more energy can be moved, or the faster it can be moved. So, a higher voltage system can send more energy through the circuits to the motor. 36V batteries are common, but some high performance bikes get 48V batteries. All else being equal, a higher Voltage system will deliver more torque for quicker starts, but it will drain your battery faster.Think of Volts as the.
Watts = Volts x Amps. Or, think of it as Force x Volume. Lets say you have a 10A 36V battery, then it’s able to produce 360 watts. This is the real measure of power that a system has. The higher the Volts, the more Watts you will get out of the system so upgrading the system voltage will have a big impact on the total amount of power that can be delivered to the controller and consequently to the motor giving you more acceleration or umph (to put it scientifically) when starting out on your Stark Drive. Further with a higher amount of available power you end up being able to achieve higher speeds with all things such as rider weight, terrane, wind conditions, temperature being equal.
Above you see cells that have already been welded together in the proper configuration in order to be sealed and then connected to a battery housing for eventual use in Stark Drive. There is a lot of electronics that get added to this system to ensure balanced charging to measure system voltage and temperature and other functions to ensure the health and longevity of your battery pack.
Here you see workers combining the cells in guides and adding some all important electronics and protection circuitry.
This is battery testing equipment that measures all the important aspects of the packs to ensure they are of the highest quality before they leave the factory.
Here finally we see some Stark Drive packs all finished and ready to go.
Here we see packs not meant for Stark Drive in a much higher power configuration.
Which one would you want? Both have the same Watt Hour rating. But Bike A has more available energy stored in the battery. Bike B has half the capacity, but because its voltage is twice as high as Bike A, the Watt Hours rating the same. Technically, both could be designed to perform similarly, but higher voltage systems are usually used for faster power delivery for quicker acceleration rather than efficient cruising. Think of Bike A as a fuel efficient V6 in a minivan, and Bike B as a turbocharged, nitrous-equipped V6 fed by a high pressure fuel pump. You cooooould ride Bike B like a minivan, but you’d be wasting its potential. In reality, virtually every street legal e-bike’s power output is regulated by law, which is why most are 36V systems however as the laws are written so poorly in the EU for example, you could take a 250W motor, connect it to a 72V system with a 10ah battery and 20amp controller and although it would shorten the motor lifespan, it would definitely give you a thrill when riding down the street at 100kph.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.
We are super pleased to announce that the Batch 4 USA bikes have arrived to the USA and cleared customs. Most are set to be delivered by the end of the week. If you dont have your tracking number you can get it by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by sending us your order number through the chat function on our website.
Batch 4 Canada bikes will arrive to the Canadian port by the 4th and once they clear customs will be delivered. We also have tracking information for your bikes which you can get from us if you have not already received this information.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
blog post coming soon.
One thing that many first time electric bike buyers do not fully take into account is the extremely important question of:
'what will things cost to replace if i damage them or need a replacement due to ware'.
We at Stark Drive believe not only in offering the most affordable electric bikes in the world but also in offering the most affordable replacement components in the world. if you look at our competition the prices for replacement parts are several times the cost of what we charge to replace say a replacement or extra battery, controller, or motor. The most expensive components on an electric bike are anything to do with the electrical system with the most costly part on any electric bike being the battery pack. The battery pack is overwhelmingly the most costly part on any electric bike with it costing most time more then all the other components on the bike put together (including the motor etc).
Generally, the battery pack will need to be replaced after a few years whereas the motor will continue to work for many years as all the components for this part are sealed and generally quite durable so long as they are not mistreated. the next most common failure point on an electric bike is the controller which our competition sellers for several times the cost that we charge for the same component.
Other than these parts, the other components, in regards to the electrical system, are easily replaced at a reasonable cost. All non electric components on our electric bikes are not costly to replace and can be done at any bike shop.
We are trying to create an electric bike with a total ownership cost that is miles ahead of the rest of the pack in terms of affordability.
Don't believe me? Take a look at the competition yourself and then come back to our site and check out our accessories.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
Hello Everyone.We have been closely following developments in the electric bike legislation that is ongoing in the EU and it seems that the forces that be are warming to the idea of electric bikes. Despite imposing a hefty duty charge on all electric bikes that are being imported from China, they are warming to the fact that higher power electric bikes, so long as they are speed limited, should be allowed. I spoke about this issue and the gross misunderstanding at the governmental value in a previous blog post here:
Just as i had written about previously, it seems that it will now be the maximum speed that is what the legislators will look to regulate instead of the maximum power of the motor. We had of course not been resting on our thumbs over here and did manage to get the L1e-A certification for Stark Drive up to 1000W here in europe and have been working on our 750W motor prototype which we can now comment goes crazy fast with an exceptionally powerful acceleration.
The regulators are even warming the idea of a 'throttle' meaning that you will not even have to peddle if you do not want to when using an electric bike so long as the speed does not exceed 25kph.
Furthermore, they are also thinking about cargo and helping to get electric bikes on the road to help replace transportation vehicles for the family or when you are carrying groceries or other goods from point a to b. Regulators are currently looking to also legalize up to 4000W motors on electric bikes so long as they have 3 or more wheels making them the perfect substitute for urban dwellers looking to run the odd errand or transport the family within town.
A perfectly environmentally friendly way to get around.
You can learn more about this at about the 10 minute mark in the video below discussing the issue.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
Super excited to announce that the Batch 4 EU bikes have been loaded and shipped. We will have tracking numbers for all you buyers shortly. Normally it takes about a week to get the tracking numbers as it first must clear chinese customs agents on the way out of china and the carrier does not create a tracking number until they know they will actually be shipping it. This is common in any items manufactured for export in china and the reason that we dont have tracking numbers right now.
The USA/Canada bikes we should also receive the tracking numbers for this coming week and we will update the blog when we have these on your respective accounts.
We will also be receiving 2 prototype Stark Drive Torque units which we hope to launch in 2019. These will be tested enthusiastically by our staff here to ensure they are up to scratch before we go into full production. The design is incredibly clean and the frame is our own (no more open mould frame for this model). You can also see we went to a little extra effort to emboss the Stark Logo in the frame as well as adding some contact information on these prototype bikes. They will eventually be available in both standard and fat tire variants, both of which are different castings and require separate moulds.
Also included here are our STOCK bikes which means that there will no longer be any waiting time for delivery when you get a stock bike (http://www.starkdive.bike/stock). They are shipped in just a few days to anywhere in the EU.
we are pleased to announce that the batch 4 bikes for USA and Canada have left the factory. We should have tracking numbers for these bikes soon. we have hidden of course the purcashers addresses from the photos below. Remember that we have batch bikes now available so any purchases from the 'STOCK' Category ship immediately. (www.starkdrive.bike/stock)
We are super sorry to report that we have learned that an extremely powerful typhoon has caused delays in the shipping of the EU container which contains both batch 3 and batch 4 bikes. Fortunately the USA and Canada are still on track for pickup as planned. You can see more information below:
Many containers have been damaged after winds have pushed them into the ocean and these containers are not water proof.
We are continually following up with our logistics in China to get the very latest information during this disaster.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC
Burning Man 2018
Stark Drive Mini was represented at Burning Man this year. Mini was tested in the Deserts of Nevada in alien like terrain conditions. A fully loaded version of Mini was tested in these harsh conditions and passed with flying colors.
The ultra light electric bike is the perfect companion at burning man helping you to get around quickly and pick up up and carry it around in a pinch. The battery lasts forever and lets you enjoy speeding along without pedaling or using pedal assist to extend your range even further.
We love that we were able to showcase the most affordable electric bike in the world to the creative crowd and show them whats possible by thinking out of the box.
CEO, Stark Drive LLC.
ADVANCING TRANSPORT FOR THE MASSES:
STARK DRIVE REDEFINES E-BIKE AFFORDABILITY WITH AN INNOVATIVE FOLDING AND
CONFIGURABLE BIKE UNDER $300 USD
With the Stark Drive Mini’s low price and high performance, customers previously priced out of the e-bike market will now be able to commute in style and comfort
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (August 29, 2018) – Looking to transcend the current standards of the electric bicycle market, Stark Drive, (https://starkdrive.bike/), introduces a new level of personal conveyance and convenience on two wheels with their Stark Drive Mini e-bike.
Fresh off the self-crowdfunding success of their first e-bike model, the Stockholm-based Stark Drive is introducing an e-bike that has been designed to provide the most optimal experience for the rider, without an exorbitant price tag. Built to be portable and highly customizable, the Stark Drive Mini e-bike will provide you with everything that you desire for your commute and everyday use. The Stark Drive Mini can easily be folded after you’ve arrived at your destination and conveniently carried into the office or classroom. The Stark Drive is also compact enough to be taken on a plane (adhering to FAA & TSA guidelines), giving you increased mobility wherever your travels take you.
Stark Drive’s CEO and Founder, Oscar Stark’s goal is to provide performance in an e-bike that is affordable to the everyday commuter, rather than a select few.
“The Stark Drive Mini is the ultimate city commuter which takes you from point A to point B in style and comfort, with its long battery life allowing for unlimited stops in between if you wish. It is the first e-bike that can be brought on a plane, making your travel experience more convenient and less reliant on other means of transportation,” Stark said.
The team at Stark Drive realizes that for a lot of people, their bike will be the first electric vehicle they will most likely try, and they aim to ensure that it is the best experience they could ever have. They want to push the boundaries of what is cost-effective and achievable in e-bike manufacturing, and their bikes have been built to help you get the most out of your ride through the city. The basic model of the Stark Drive Mini has a range of 14 km on pure electric mode and can cover 40 km with pedal assist. The Stark Drive Mini is en15194 EU certified and will be available for the historic starting price of $299 USD.
The Stark Drive Mini arrives fully assembled, charged, and includes these features:
● 250w Motor
● Stark Drive LCD Display with Speed/ODO
● USB Charger
● Keyed System Power
● Lockable & Hidden Battery Compartment
● 36V, 7Ah, 252Wh Lithium-Ion Battery (Panasonic)
● High Intensity Front Light/ 90db Horn
● 14” All-terrain Tires
● Shimano Gear System
● 13kg Weight
● Various Color options
● Worldwide 120V-220V 2A charger
In addition to the components already incorporated into the Stark Drive Mini, you can customize the bike to fulfill your specific needs with several additional features and upgrades, such as Airless Pneumatic Tires, a GPS Tracking System, an Electrically Integrated Rear Light, Improved LCDs, Rack & Rack Bag, and even a 350w Motor upgrade.
Despite all the extraordinary components that can be incorporated into the Stark Drive Mini, Stark Drive wants everyone to have access to the technology at a budget-conscious price. They will be offering a special promotional price as a part of their Kickstarter campaign, (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1510179091/50...), including the SD Mini City, which starts at $299, the SD Mini City + at $499, the SD Air at $599, and the Mini Advanced at $699.
ABOUT STARK DRIVE
Stark Drive has chosen not to 'reinvent the wheel', but to build on readily available molds to reduce the cost of tooling and manufacturing. They have selected the best components designed to work in harmony with one another while keeping total cost at the forefront of their design goals. CEO and Founder, Oscar Stark’s goal is to remove the high-price barrier to entry that comes with all the major manufacturers of electric bikes by using a direct to consumer model. He has leveraged his thoroughly developed network of contacts in the transportation and manufacturing industries to develop affordable electric bikes.
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