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It’s surprising to learn that Australia as a nation currently only recycles approximately 2-3% of its lithium ion batteries and these are now by far the most common type of battery in use. Why may you ask is it so small when they are so expensive to produce and when we are living in a world where every second headline is concerning global warming, turtles dying of plastic strangulation and tips on how to be a 1st class citizen eco-warrior? Well, there is some good news and some bad news. The good news is that recently Australia opened its first lithium ion battery recycling facility but the bad news is that we really just don’t know if it’s financially or energetically worth it. Strange isn’t it – how can it not be worth recycling them? Well, it’s a very complicated topic and after reading a rather complicated thesis about it I’m still a bit confused but the main points are that the processing technology is very energy intensive and produces its own waste. 1 electricity unit is equal to how many kwh Recycling is largely driven by financial profits and whilst it is possible to recover copper, nickel, aluminium, lithium, steel, cobalt and manganese from some of these batteries, the only ones really worth recovering financially are cobalt and copper; the remaining metals are recovered either due to ease of processing or due to legal requirements. It’s pleasing to see that we are building more recycling facilities and now have a recycling capacity in Australia but it also appears that the design of batteries doesn’t need to focus solely on higher power to weight density but needs to focus also on ease of material recovery. The new lithium ion battery recycling plant in Australia that has been operating for about a year now is called Envirostream, it extracts steel, copper, aluminium and a mixed metal compound that contains lithium, manganese, cobalt, nickel and graphene. The raw materials can go back into Australian industries but the mixed powder is shipped back to Korea where it is used as stock for new batteries. The process used in Australia eliminates the high energy steps of heating to extract all of the expensive metals but rather uses a combination of crushing and pneumatic stress to recover the compounds, this allows for recovery of 95% of the products – with the exception being the plastic polymers used to hold the batteries together. By creating a mixed powder that can go back to the battery factories there is a large processing requirement removed. The leaders at Envirostream have created the powder product based on what is required at a battery factory. When batteries are made, the crafty metallurgists make a cauldron of metallic slurry that is rolled into the anode and cathode. These sheets are cut to requirements needed for battery cells and the left overs are chopped up and put back into the mix. By imitating this mix with the recycled product it is possible to recycle old batteries without needing to take each metal back to its elemental ingot form and save a lot of processing expense and energy. Click here for the most comprehensive read on recycling technology, difficulties and the industry worldwide. To recycle your batteries you can drop them off at one of these recycling centres and they should ultimately find their way back into your batteries in a few years time. Neat isn’t it?

This is one of the latest cargo bicycles coming out of Denmark. It’s called the trioBike and is imported by Cargo Cycles in Melbourne and sold by South Beach Cycles here in Perth. It’s made of plastic so has a very strong and light body and is fitted out with top of the line parts. However, whilst the frame is particularly light for this type of cargo bike, it does get heavy when your loading it up with 2 kids and lots of groceries. It is actually rated to hold kids up to the age of 9 and 90kg! This type of weight is great for working out the legs but if you’re more inclined to enjoy a leisurely daily ride then making it electric is one of the best ideas you’ll likely have this year. The skilled mechanics down at South Beach cycles have used the Bafang mid-drive kit on this model due it fitting the frame well and being one of the more robust kits suitable to take on the extra load. It is a speedy demon on the road now that certainly has it’s place in the genre of electric cargo bike family commuting. electricity jokes riddles The Big Booboo, March 2018

It’s getting more and more common these days for someone wanting to quit their oil and gas job, leave their life, sell their car and take off on an eco-powered adventure. More often than not the contraption they build is a hideous monstrosity that needs an over-size load vehicle running ahead of it and isn’t fit for purpose. gas bubble retinal detachment This isn’t the case with Peter’s recumbent trike or life. I think that he’s nearly got it right. He’s used a well priced recumbent trike from Greenspeed and had us put on a Bafang mid-drive motor up front. A large capacity 48V 17.5Ah battery was located on the frame in front of the seat for a nice centre of gravity. The solar power system includes a 180W panel that feeds directly into the electric bike battery through a $50 multi-voltage solar controller. It’s still a work in progress and various test rides are necessary before he takes on the Nullarbor but it’s a comfy and functional system that allows some long-distance eco-touring. With this system alone Peter is able to do about 200km with a battery charge supplemented with solar. He’d have to allow for a few hours of sunshine at the end of the day to reach the goal of being energy neutral by the time the sun sets but he’s not too far off with this simple system. Electric BMX Tricycle, Jan 2018

The DOUZE sits at the top of the list of elite cargo bikes. It rides nearly just like a regular bike in terms of performance even though it has an extremely long wheel base to accommodate children. The one problem though is weight when it’s loaded up with two kids and shopping. The obvious solution is to bring it to us to deck out with a conversion kit. Hub drives are no good as it has a rear Nuvinci gear system that you certainly don’t want to lose and the front wheel has a through axle that isn’t compatible with a hub motor. Next we tried our own mini-motor but that wouldn’t fit either due to the frame geometry. The only solution we could find was a BAFANG BBS02 motor, and even then we had to pull the motor apart and mount the halves around the frame. This motor mounts centrally in the crank. The hassle was worth the reward as the final product is perhaps the most perfect mode of transport for those with children wanting to ride instead of drive – and can afford it! Electric NORCO Scene, December 2017

The Scene is a cracking new bike that has come out this year from NORCO. It’s a strange combination of cruiser, upright, step-through, mountain bike and laid-back riding. This is one extremely comfortable bike that is designed with performance and comfort in mind. It is a completely magic model for use with our electric bike conversion kits. This one here has been decked out with the PANASONIC 36V 14Ah tiger shark battery on the down tube and a rear hub motor; with internal routing of all cables it looks as if it’s come straight out of NORCO’s factory like this.

The bike comes out in two models and three colours. The Scene 1 is the more upmarket version that retails for $850 and has a black frame, hydraulic disc brakes and a 9 speed Alivio gear set. electricity 101 presentation The Scene 3 is available in grey/white and raspberry, retails for $650 and has a 7 speed gear set and cable disc brakes instead. Both are ideal bikes for electric conversion. Please come in to test ride this bike if you think it may be up your alley. The performance is brilliant and with the rear hub motor, throttle and centrally mounted battery it’s hard to beat for the price. DECEMBER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL $150 off!

Tim and his son have set off on a wonderful outback adventure with a couple of kitted up ebikes. We helped set up a simple solar system to aid charging when no mains power was available. The solar system used was a 48V 100W panel wired up to a 48V regulator and this connected directly into the ebike’s battery. The system can draw energy from the sun while you ride and also power up the batteries whilst you dip with the crocodiles in the billabongs en route. The kits were put on hard tail mountain bikes and used the 48V 17.5Ah Tiger Shark batteries and Bafang mid-drive motor conversion kits. With careful power use you can stretch the riding range to about 80km a day and the modest solar system will recharge the battery fully given about 10 hours of good sun a day – and there’s a lot of that where they are!

This is a nice simple system showing off both how little energy you really need for your commuting requirements and also how you can deck out an ebike for long touring commutes. This system was devised numerous years back and for maximum efficiency it’s good to have a 48V battery matched with a 48V panel and a 48V controller (pictured below). The controller on this system was an $80 item purchased from ebay but it works a treat. i electricity bill com These days, it’s possible to find $50 ebay solar controllers that are able to take any input voltage and put out any output voltage that you want to charge your battery. This allows you a wider range of panels with different sizes and power levels and also allows you to charge a wider range of batteries.

We proceeded to electrify this lovely old bicycle as requested. There were a few small issues to get it electric. The first one was the decision on where to locate the motor. The front forks were not suitable for a hub motor due to their thinness and angle. The rear axle also wasn’t suitable for a hub motor as it was a single speed bike so the distance across the axle was only 120mm. It wouldn’t have been ideal to stretch it to the 130-132mm needed for a typical rear hub motor. The final option left to us was to use a mid-drive motor. We have been using our own designed neat little mid-drive motor ( click here for details) a lot lately. It’s smaller than all other available kits and it has lovely torque sensing. It performs rather similarly to the BOSCH or SHIMANO mid-drive motors but with a few small benefits. gas vs diesel cars The difference between a torque sensing kit and a cadence sensing conversion kit is that with torque sensing the motor responds to the pressure you apply to the pedals, with cadence sensing the motor responds to the revolutions of the pedals. The torque sensing kits are typically a little smoother in regard to performance but an added advantage is that you do not require a throttle to operate them. Whilst with a cadence sensing kit, the throttle is not an absolute necessity, the times you can get in trouble without the throttle is when you need to start up a hill. Because you need to rotate the pedals approximately half a turn to get the motor to engage it can be difficult to begin riding. The throttle is very useful just to give you that initial kick and then you don’t need it once you are up and riding and rotating the pedals. The torque kits are good in that the response is immediate as soon as you start pushing. The throttle is also available on our torque sensing kits and it is also rather useful in certain times when you want a little more immediate power – such as crossing busy roads or negotiating lots of pedestrians. The final hurdle was finding a rear brake. The original system had a rear coaster brake – that’s one where you pedal backwards to activate the brake like on your childhood BMX. Because the motorised crank drive system does not engage in reverse then this braking system was lost. We ended up searching far and wide to find a long reach rear brake caliper (99mm) that we could fit to this bike. In the end, the bike came together rather well. It is an extremely comfortable ride and it was lovely to put some life back into this 1950s classic. bad gas 6 weeks pregnant It will surely see a lot more kilometres now it’s electric! Special of the week. Electric AVANTI Discovery 2.

Folding bikes are an excellent way of getting around with their small size making them convenient for commuting, caravanning or simply for those with minmal storage space at home. Don’t be fooled by the small wheel size or the short frame, these bikes are more than capable on the road or cycleway and ample adjustability makes them suitably comfortable for a wide range of riders. Converting them to electric bikes can raise a couple of challenges though, most notably in getting a model with suitable forks and enough space to mount a battery.

The XDS City Folding is an ideal solution! Not only is it equipped with quality parts and accessories but it also has a suitable strong fork to accommodate a front wheel motor as well as adequate clearance to fit a Solarbike seat post mounted battery. As a result, no compromises need to be made when it comes to the folding function of the bike. We set these two up over the weekend. They feature a 200 Watt front wheel mini motor coupled with a Panasonic 36V 9Ah seat pole mounted battery that should give a top speed of 28km/h to a maximum range of between 30 and 35 kilometres.