Faster and further are the two most common requests of many electric bike riders who rely on the bike for daily commuting. The Lectric XP The electric bike is already pretty fast at 28 mph (45 km/h), but now it goes further than ever thanks to a major battery upgrade launched by the manufacturer today.

New long range battery from Lectric eBikes

Lectric eBikes is a Phoenix-based company fast growing company behind the mega-popular Lectric XP line of e-bikes, announced a new battery upgrade this morning.

The Lectric XP 2.0 fat tire folding bike for $999 originally came with a 460 Wh battery. But the new updated 48V 14Ah battery has a larger capacity of 672W.

This represents a major improvement by adding approximately 45% more battery and therefore 45% more range to the e-bike.

And perhaps the coolest feature is that it’s also backwards compatible with the original Lectric XP 1.0 e-bike, a model that already has tens of thousands of units on US roads.

The larger battery has the same physical dimensions as a standard battery (making it compatible with both Lectric XP 1.0 and 2.0 e-bikes) as it simply provides more capacity at the expense of higher energy density.

It’s all about giving riders more confidence to keep going, CEO and co-founder Levi Conlow explained:

“After surveying Lectric riders, we noticed that not only potential, but also existing customers wanted the option to take longer trips. We strive to make people feel confident about their driving experience. I don’t want people to have to worry about running out of battery, so we’ve decided to address that concern by offering this long-range battery.”

The new long-range battery can be upgraded to an existing order at checkout for an additional $200or can be purchased separately for 500 dollars.

As Levy explained, these prices are designed to beat the major players in the rest of the industry.

“Adding a Long-Range battery is completely in the DNA of Lectric eBikes. When I say that, I mean that we provide tremendous value to customers. After all, you can’t get this much battery from anyone else at this price.”

A little fact-checking proves that Levy is mostly right. Same battery size from major competitors like Strong bikes Rad and Aventon will refund riders $550, or 10% more. however, Ride1Up sells 672 Wh batteries for $459 to $489, depending on the model. It still seems fair to say that Lectric’s new long-range battery is more affordable than most in the industry.

But Lectric eBikes may win in the end, as the company is offering existing customers a discount of 20% off the price of a new battery or $100. This deal will only be available for a limited time, and there is no word yet on how long it will last. However, at $400 for a new battery during the limited time deal, this probably puts it at the top price point among the mainstream e-bike manufacturers.

And that’s okay, because the company is considered the price leader among companies that sell e-bikes in the United States.

Earlier this year, Lectric eBikes launched an ultra-affordable bike Lectric XP Lite for just $799. While the bike has a smaller 375Wh battery, its 48V electrical system still delivers good power but in a smaller and lighter package.

we tested the motorcycle in Phoenix earlier this year and you can see a video of our test ride here.

The company continued this with the launch Lectric XP Premium for $1,799. Despite its higher price, the Lectric XP Premium has a mid-drive motor, torque sensor, dual batteries and hydraulic disc brakes, all of which add to the price. A folding bike with fat tires competes with other e-bikes which are in the $2,500 range, again demonstrating Lectric’s commitment to pricing.

Check out ours practical testing of this high performance electric bike below.

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