On to the third prototype

BOLT 2.0 meets BOLT 1.o

BOLT 2.0 meets BOLT 1.o

BOLT 2.0 is complete and has already logged over 300 miles. Many lasting improvements over BOLT 1.0: multi-passenger, mid-mount motor, improved seat adjusting, trim package interior, sunroof, wider track width, improved wheel well design and more. Road testing with rear passenger has been very successful, even climbing some challenging hills. Handling, torque and comfort are better than expected, but most surprising to us is the range on a single charge. We would have been happy with 15 miles on a charge, but we easily doubled that with the standard single battery with moderate pedaling. With two batteries we went 70 miles continuously until it was time to plug it in and we live in pretty hilly western MA. We don't have any long stretches of flat roads, so we don't know what the range will be in that type of terrain, but it could approach 40 miles on a single battery charge. Since the BOLT can accommodate up to four batteries, we're looking at over 120 miles per charge with that option.

Another exciting new feature is the bike tow. We've designed a bike tow that mounts to the handle on the rear of the aluminum frame. It allows for secure mounting of the front fork of a bike so that if you want to go on a ride somewhere far away, such as a beloved mountain bike trail, you don't have to use up all your energy getting there. The front tire can be hung on the bike or stowed in the back of the BOLT.

BOLT 3.0 has been purchased already and will include a solar panel roof. We'll also be trying out adding a little more camber to the front wheels for even more stability.