Creating the New Ever-E-Day Electric Cargo Bike
Why and How we have created the new Ever-E-Day
This new electric bike has a mission:
Breaking through limited beliefs about electric and cargo bikes to offer liberating transportation for people responding to Climate Change. High quality, versatile and able to change with your needs over time.
Inspired by our customers, climate change and a deep appreciation for the healthy, low impact beauty of a human on a bike. This bike is the best one we have ever built for daily life!
How it Started
It started with Bike Friday Co-founder Alan Scholz listening to customers asking for electric assist that travels and is light weight and……. Through his research and experiments over the last several years developing the Haul-a-Day Cargo Bike and electrifying all the other Bike Fridays, he realized many people really need a bike that the world thinks is “impossible”. Alan thought Bike Friday could really break through the limiting beliefs in the bike world and create a break-through bike (just like he and brother Hanz did in 1992 with the first high performance folding bike that also fit into an airline suitcase).
Alan set a list of design goals and he accomplished them:
Break the weight barrier! – Typical electric bikes weigh over 50+ lbs and the typical cargo bike weighs even more. The typical electric cargo bike weighs over 60+ lbs! – (weight considered safe to lift by OSHA maxes out a 50lb) – The Ever-E-Day electric cargo bike starts at 36lbs.
Breaking the limitations of battery range by offering choices to fit your needs! The Ever-E-Day Minimalist comes with a light weight battery that goes 30 miles on one charge. You can also upgrade to a larger battery that goes 60 miles. You can even get 2 to swap out for a back-up on a century ride. There is even an option for an Airline check-able battery making it the only electric cargo bike you can fly with.
Break the price barrier! – Typical high quality electric bikes start around $2,500 and go up – (The Ever-E-Day starts at $2,195)
Break the size barrier! – Typical electric bikes have the same small choice of sizes that other bikes have at the dealer, often not fitting the tall and short people well. – The Ever-E-Day frame adjusts in 3 places to fit riders 4′ to over 6′ on the spot.
Break the travel barrier! – Typical E-bikes and Cargo bikes are too large and heavy to fly and their batteries are illegal on planes. – The Ever-E-Day packs into a standard airline suitcase, is lighter and smaller for easy storage and has a battery option that is legal to fly by airline with.
Break the label & perception gap! – The Ever-E-Day is designed to ride like a world class bicycle that’s packed with flexibility to fit into your every day needs. Stripped down and with the battery removed the Ever-E-Day is great bike to ride at 33 lbs (with battery its 36lbs and gives electric assist).
Said another way the Ever-E-Day does more at less weight and less price than any bike out there!
Next Alan Started Making Prototypes in our shop in Eugene on the weekends.
Then the whole Bike Friday team started riding prototypes as we always test new products out on ourselves first!
Willie (engineer) and Brad (Service Manager) loaded up an Ever-E-Day with 665lbs and rode it through potholes and over curbs trying to break the frame before the tires gave out. There were a few bent frame spots but we couldn’t break it!
Hanna (Bike Friday President) takes the Ever-E-Day on her weekly shopping trips.
Kent ( Electric assist expert and customer service tech) took the Ever-E-Day to do some tree planting in a local park. It handled the trailer with 3 little trees and tools just fine!
Willie (Engineer and Marketing Assistant) took the Ever-E-Day on a 60 mile trek through the woods on gravel roads and then did his grocery shopping in the rain.
We didn’t plan to have the Ever-E-Day be an electric gravel touring bike but it looks like it can do that too just fine!
Fraeda (bike builder, reception and marketing support) lives 100% car free so the Ever-E-Day is now her every day transportation!
Will (Customer Service Phone Support) was so excited to get an Ever-E-Day as his daily ride he stripped his old bike and put all the parts on this frame in 2 days! Now he rides it as his daily transport rain or shine (and it has been raining buckets here this winter).