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About our Model E

  • What are the key features of the Model E electric bicycle?

    Model E is the world’s lightest electric city bicycle. We love bicycles and believe in human power, so the Model E is a pedal assist electric bicycle – it requires pedaling to engage power!

    Model E features the superb 8-speed Shimano Alfine internally geared hub. Power assistance is limited to 32km/h (20 mph) in the EU & 39km/h (24 mph) per regulation.. You can pedal faster than the limit but will receive no additional assist.

  • What are the technical specs?

    *250W mid-drive motor (400W peak on climbs)
    *36V – 200Wh Lithium-ion battery
    *3000 cycle life
    *Battery charge time – 2.5 hours
    *Complete bicycle weight – 38lbs (including pedals, because you can’t ride without them!)
    *Operating temperature range: -20C to 70C / -4F to 158F
    *Bluetooth LE (low energy) smartphone connectivity

  • What is the range of your Model E?

    Model E offers a range of 30-40 miles depending on the level of assist dictated by user and terrain.

    Hills, wind direction and your total load will have some effect on total range.

    For additional range, additional battery packs weigh 8 lbs and can be purchased and easily swapped on the go.

  • Do I need the smartphone app to run Model E?

    No! In fact, Paul loves to simply jump on and ride. Model E hub turns on by simply pedaling, and turns off automatically after 8 hours. You can also manually turn off Model E to conserve battery life.

  • What do I need to know about warranty / service?

    If for any reason you have a warranty concern, you would contact Owner Services at Budnitz Bicycles and we would immediately facilitate a claim and/or return.

    The Fazua Evation system holds a two-year warranty and the batteries hold a one-year warranty.

    Budnitz Bicycles maintains a growing network of Authorized Shop Partners that can service our bicycles.

    The Model E requires no regular maintenance or adjustment.

  • Does the Model E have any security features?

    Yes, Model E falls under the same anti-theft plan as all of our bicycles. Additionally, the battery can be locked using the locker on the down tube. Finally, your custom Model E frame bears its own unique bicycle identification number held in our records.

  • Can I book a test ride?

    We offer test rides by appointment at our studio in Burlington, VT. Airport pickup and hotel arrangements are available.
    Request yours now.

    We have additional showroom partners in select markets. Ask us about future plans in your area.

  • Do you ship Model E worldwide?

    The Model E will ship worldwide with some exceptions as we navigate battery/dangerous goods shipping requirements.

  • Do you plan to offer additional electric models in the future?

    Our mission as an organization is to perfect the daily riding experience. This may include future innovation in electric bicycles.

  • Are there any additional resources to read?

    Read more about the Fazua Evation system.

  • Can I fly with a Model E?

    Regulations on electric bicycles and specifically Lithium-Ion batteries varies greatly by region and changes frequently. Please check your local restrictions before flying with or shipping a Model E via commercial airline.


  • Can you tell me more about the batteries?

    The Model E is powered by a rechargeable 36V lithium ion 200Wh batteries located inside removable downtube insert. Each battery has a 3000 cycle life when used properly. The batteries will function within the range of -20 to +70 C / -4 to 158 F (degrees).

    Our 2019 edition features removable battery packs which can be charged in the comfort of your home or office. The charger is compatible with a standard power outlet (110-240V).

    Batteries require only 2.5 hours to complete a full charge. At the end of their cycle life, batteries can be purchased and easily replaced.


  • What if I just want to enjoy a traditional bicycle experience?

    Model E is built as a very responsive bicycle with geometry mimicking our Custom No.3. If you wish to have no assist, you can simply turn Model E to OFF mode and have fun on your Budnitz! Additionally, you may replace the battery and the motor with the cargo insert for an even lighter ride!

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