Elektra Motorcycles is part of European Arranz Group Ltd, which manufactures and imports, among other things, electric mopeds worldwide. Elektra’s values include responsibility and sustainability. Our pricing has also been thought of so that as many people as possible can afford our products, without compromising on quality.
Elektra only selects companies that share our values as partners. Our products are manufactured in the world’s leading market area from high-quality materials, respecting the environment and humanity, the final assembly and quality control of our products is done domestically and each of our products has been individually tested. Our operations are responsible and we do not seek to maximize our profits in the short term – we build a sustainable business in terms of both, the environment and customer relationships.
The battery life and operating range of electric vehicles are affected by many external factors, significantly more than with conventional internal combustion engine-driven equipment.
The driving distance promised by the manufacturer has often been tested at the same driving speed without severe accelerations and braking, on a level surface and at a temperature that is optimal for the batteries. In addition to the above-mentioned driving speed and terrain topography, the operating radius is affected by the battery and outdoor temperature, the load and also the air resistance.
Thus, if the manufacturer states that the operating radius is 100km while driving 40kmh with a driver weighing 75kg, it will be longer with a driver’s weighing only 50kg and driving the speed of 30kmh, if the temperature and terrain topography are favourable. Correspondingly, it can also be smaller if the moped is driven by a large adult who accelerates a lot among the traffic or rides on full throttle on hilly terrain.
Lithium-ion batteries were introduced for commercial use in the early 1990s. Since then, manufacturers have made intensive development and improvements to improve battery performance. Lithium-ion batteries can now, with good reason, be considered the Best Choice as an Energy Source for Electric Vehicles. Although the technology is still relatively little researched and unknown, it is undeniable that its potential as a CO2 reducer is high.
Lithium-ion batteries can rightly be considered batteries with the potential to change the world. Batteries are used in countless consumer electronics applications such as mobile phones and the like, as well as in electric cars such as Tesla and its competitors around the world. The good side of batteries is that they do not have a so-called chemical memory that requires the battery to be discharged and fully charged, as in NiCad batteries, for example. Although Li-ion batteries show great potential, they still have a few pitfalls that are worth highlighting.
Like other batteries, lithium-ion batteries age over time. It doesn’t matter if you use a Li-ion battery or not, they will age even if the batteries are not used and their capacity will deteriorate with age, meaning a shorter range for cars and mopeds. Li-ion batteries typically age in about two to three years. Storage at a cool temperature (approx. 15 ° C) and keeping the batteries low (approx. 40%) will help to keep the batteries operative longer. Batteries should be charged once a month for longer storage. Batteries should also not be charged in temperatures below 0 ° C and it is not recommended to discharge or fully charge them.
The optimal operating range for the battery capacity is about 2% -95% of the total capacity. Fully charging (higher voltage) and completely discharging the battery wear the battery more than operating in this so-called economic charging zone and thus shortening the battery life accordingly. We recommend charging the battery to approximately 80% of its full capacity, avoiding unnecessary strain on the battery, and then disconnecting the charger. This is conveniently done with a normal timer, for example. Batteries are also sensitive to high temperatures, which cause batteries to degrade significantly faster than in cool temperatures. However, not all ageing can be prevented and this can be thought of as a reduction in the size of the “petrol tank” over time.