Market Builders will distribute fleet packages of the Polaris Vector eBikes to fire, police and public-safety departments. The eight-speed eBikes feature an electric motor powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion ProRide battery.
Vector models feature a 6061 aluminum frame, 26-inch Kenda wheels, Suntour XCT front suspension, Tektro brakes and SRAM eight-speed gear. Each eBike is stocked with embedded Biosync Pedal Assistance Technology, comprised of a multi-sensor and proprietary smart controller, said David Olsen, president of Market Builders. Olsen said the BioSync system reads the power output of a rider during pedaling. The electric motor then matches that output.
“It gives you much more power as you ride the bike,” he said about the sensors.
The battery is stored inside the frame of the bike. A key is used to access and charge the battery to deter battery theft, Olsen said. To charge, the battery can be detached from the frame and plugged into any electrical outlet. He said the bike also can be rolled into the fire station and charged via a port on the frame. It takes 4 to 6 hours to recharge, offering operators pedaling constantly up to 30 miles at a speed of up to 20 mph.
“The way fire uses the bikes … they are going to ride a half-mile, work and then get back on the bike if they are doing crowd control,” Olsen said. “They are not going to be using it constantly 30 miles straight.”
In addition, the bike offers ARC regenerative braking, an energy recovery system that captures power through both regenerative braking and when the bike exceeds 20 mph. The energy generated is stored in the battery.
“So when you actually use the bike it transfers energy back into the battery,” Olsen added.
The Polaris Vector eBike costs $2,195.