Some of our supporters have been asking for more detailed updates of our production progress, and we’ve got good news for them – a heaping helping of what’s been going on as we ramp our way up to speed on the Volta production line!
Here’s a look at the details and how much closer your bike is getting to delivery!
The bottom bracket mold is complete, which means we’ve finally got the last piece of the puzzle to send these puppies into mass production!
The last round of strength testing is being done on the frames and the last round of heat testing is going down on the electrical components so we’ll be sure that your Volta can tough it out, whatever the weather and riding conditions are in your part of the world.
The custom batteries we whipped up are also going through testing and certification of their own. Once the testing’s done, closer to the end of the month, we’ll be able to ship our batteries and our bikes all over the world!
All that and we’ll have the EN15194 test passed by the end of July! Oh, you’ve never heard of the EN15194? It’s only the strictest e-bike test out there. Imagine taking the SAT, but the proctor is a hungry lion, the floor is lava, and you’re not allowed to use a calculator. None of that fazed our Volta, though, and we’re pretty proud.
Got Android? The app works. Got an iPhone? The app works.
Both apps are ready to go and both should be accepted by their respective app stores any day now!
We’ve also got GPS up and running everywhere in the world! Finding the best sim card supplier took a second, but now your Volta will be able to tell you exactly where you are anywhere on the planet. And that’s pretty cool.
And the key fob works too! Not the most exciting video, but now you’ll never have to worry about fob envy when you plop your keys down next to your crews’ (and it’ll be way easier to find your bike in those over-full train station bike lots).
Racks on Racks
The rear rack is all dialed in now too. It’s completely interchangeable with the standard rear frame piece, so if you decide down the road that you’d like a little rack action, it’ll be as easy as making a swap. And with the function down, we could finally focus on form, so the rear rack is getting the same bamboo inlay that makes the front rack look so slick. We’ve also made some last-minute tweaks to the front rack to make it even sturdier for securing your hauls.
All of the frame aluminum is in (check out those cool shapes!), so we won’t be waiting on materials to build and we’ve got all the smart components (GPS, GPRS, custom battery, controller, etc…) ready to go too!
With all the tests nearing their conclusions, we should start our first Volta production by the end of the month and start shipping them out to you by the late August/early September!
We’re so pumped, and can’t wait to see these Voltas start rolling off the line and into your homes! Thanks again for your support, and have a terrific day.