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Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What is the difference between a Pedelec and an E-bike?
A1: At the moment there are two different types of electric bikes available on the market: the Pedelec and the E-Bike. Pedelec is an abbreviation of Pedal Electric Cycle. Like the name already shows, this is a bicycle that will only move when the person pedals. Likewise, when the person stops pedaling, the motor will also stop. De driver of a Pedelec thus pedals himself but he will be assisted by an electrical system that gives additional power. The amount of additional power depends on the pedaling force of the driver which is measured by a sensor. This system is comparable with the powering steering system of automobiles.
An e-bike is, unlike the Pedelec, an electric bike that can move forward even without pedaling. The velocity is determined by the driver who can use both a button and the acceleration handle. The force that is being exercised by the driver and the force that is being delivered by the electric motor do not have any influence on each other’s performance. This means that the acceleration handle and the pedals can be used at the same time which is not the case with the Pedelec. This system is also being used with mopeds.
Q2: Which legislation is applicable for electric bicycles?
A2: For the European legislation a Pedelec falls under the same category as a regular bicycle because the power is not higher than 250 Watt and there is pedal assistance until a velocity of 25km/hour has been reached. Consequently there is also no obligation to have a driver’s license, no registration and no obligation to have insurance. Moreover, there is no obligation to wear a helmet.
The e-bike, on the other hand, will not be considered like a regular bicycle because this vehicle can also move forward without pedaling. Both insurance and wearing a helmet are obligated for an e-bike.
In case you do want to insure your vehicle to avoid difficulties when your vehicle has caused problems, you always have the possibility to close a WAM-insurance (i.e. Law Liability Motor vehicles insurance). The annual premium that you need to pay for this is around 35 to 40 euro.
Q3: Who invented the Pedelec?
A3: The very first Pedelec was invented in 1998 by the Japanese brand Yamaha, which is a worldwide renowned motorcycle producer.
Q4: How does a Pedelec work?
A4: An electric bicycle makes use of a hub motor that is directly connected to the wheel which gives the highest benefit for the battery. Most electric bicycles use 250 watt which can lead up to a speed of approximately 25 km/hour. In a Gepida Pedelec the Yamaha PAS electrical system is being used that contains an inbuilt computer through which propulsion is sent. The motor as well as the battery are located at the crankshaft in order to give an optimal weight distribution.
Q5: What is the benefit of a Lithium-Ion battery compared to other batteries?
A5: In total there are four different kinds of batteries that can be eligible for an electric bicycle. Here you find an overview. The Sealed lead acid, short SLA, can be compared with the lead battery that is found in cars. Nickel Cadmium, abbreviated as NiCd, is lighter than the SLA. However, it is hard to obtain because it does not comply anymore with the strict environmental regulations. NiMH, short for Nickel Metal hydride, has a higher quantity of power in the battery than the NiCd battery and is also a lot lighter. Finally there is the Lithium-Ion battery. Compared to the three previous batteries, this battery provides more power and is the most advanced battery available on the market that is being used for electric bicycles. The Lithium Ion battery used in the Gepida Pedelec has a higher power (8,2 Ah), can be charged in c. 4 hours, weighs only 1.990g, is economical, has a long lifespan (c. 800 loading cycles) and has a constant capacity.
Q6: How should I clean and maintain the Pedelec?
A6: Especially the battery requires a good treatment. It is advisable to let the battery cool off when you are finished bicycling before recharging it again. Although the new battery chargers display when the battery is fully charged, it is advisable to charge the battery a little bit more in the last phase because the loading in the last phase is a bit slower than in the begin phase. When the battery charger shows a complete battery, the battery is in reality only filled for 90%.
Additionally you need to store the battery preferably at room temperature (avoid extreme cold or hot temperatures). The first charge of the battery is the most important of all. It is best to completely ‘empty’ the battery at first use. When you charge the battery for the first time, when it is still filled, the battery performance could decrease in the future.
Given that the Gepida electric bicycle is resistant for rain and wind, u can wash your bicycle with water. Caution should be held when cleaning the battery and the electrical system because water penetration could influence the battery’s performance. More detailed information you can find in the user’s manual that you will receive at the moment of purchase of your Gepida Pedelec.
Q7: What makes the electric bicycle so environmentally friendly and cost saving?
A7: Since a Pedelec does not use fuel but works on rechargeable batteries in stead, it is a highly environmental friendly product which creates a huge cost reduction in fuel expenses. The Pedelec offers the most economic form of mobility with mechanical propulsion for only 5 cents/100km (in case of power use: 0.16€/kw/h).
Q8: Where can I charge my battery?
A8: The Gepida Pedelec contains a removable battery and a special Yamaha PAS charger that you can use in every power socket. The battery needs approximately 4 hours to be fully charged and herewith reaches an autonomy of about 50 to 70 ‘real’ km in mixed use and more than 90 ‘real’ km in ‘ECO’ mode. Nevertheless, the distance that can be covered with a full battery before recharging again depends on the weight of the driver, the way that he/she drives, the number of stops, the tire pressure, the chosen help-mode, the temperature, etc.
Q9: What warranty period is applicable on the purchase of a Gepida Pedelec?
A9: The Gepida electric bicycles have a warranty period of 2 years in which your dealer will replace your spare parts and make reparations without any cost.