What's better than a big battery on your electric bike? How about two big batteries? The latest innovation in electric bikes is a nifty technique to give you lots of extra range without requiring that you carry all that battery with you all of the time. By adding a secondary battery pack that works in tandem with your main battery, you get the benefits of an extremely large battery but the flexibility of smaller batteries that you can hot swap on or off the bike.
Bosch Dual Battery
The company that first pioneered dual battery options was Bosch. For years now they have offered a dual battery splitting cable that allowed manufacturers to add secondary batteries, allowing for better designs and more range.
In recent years some manufacturers have offered after-market dual battery kits that can be installed by a dealer. Bikes from Gazelle, Orbea, Benno, Tern and Riese & Müller all offer integrated dual batteries or after-market dual battery kits. If your bike does not include a dual battery, we can install a secondary battery harness. Cost ranges based on the bike but installation typically takes around an hour and a half and the parts themselves cost around $1000 including the battery.
Another more recent innovation from Specialized and Orbea is the concept of Range Extenders. Range extender systems augment oftentimes a smaller main battery to offer amazing range while keeping the overall bike extremely low weight. Range extenders are typically smaller than the dual batteries offered from Bosch (around 350wh versus 500wh for Bosch) but are defined by their sleek profile and low weight.
Get in touch to learn more about the latest bikes that feature extra battery capacity or to find out if your bike can be upgraded with a dual battery system.