BATTERIES: There are 4 basic battery placements.
1. With the battery on the rear rack: This is an economical way to go production wise and is seen most in the USA. This adds most of the weight on the back tire but can be top heavy if the motor is in the rear hub also. It also looks “tacked on” and not a part of the overall design of the bike.
2. With the battery between the rear wheel and the seat post: This position is lower and great for the weight balance of the ebike, especially when using very large batteries. This is currently seen most in Asia and Europe. Esthetically most look “tacked on” and not an interracial part of the ebike design. LiteStream has custom designed our batteries to look more uniform to the ebikes overall design. This design creates a lower center of gravity and evenly distributes the weight over both wheels.
3. With the battery bolted to the center frame: This is the more common in Europe and is made to look like a water bottle. Looks good with smaller batteries and is in a good weight/balance position.
4. With the battery hidden inside the frame: This position is the most expensive production method but the best esthetically. This makes the ebike look more like a traditional bike. It also makes the ebike look smaller and visually weigh less. As batteries become technically better they will be made smaller and this use will increase. As the international bike designers and auto manufacturers prototypes show, this will become the designs of the future. The big problem currently is the cost. Economical production and design methods give the LiteStream Ebikes the look of the future with a great “Middle Cost Point” in the industry. LiteStream batteries areLiMnO2-Lithium Manganese Oxide.
Battery Notice: According to the U.S. government, “Lithium Ion batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste and are safe for disposal in the normal municipal waste stream.” Average cost per charge which will get you 20 to 40 miles is $0.05. LiteStream batteries are LiMnO2-Lithium Manganese Oxide. Made by Samsung ICR18650-26F.