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Adrian Warren, Director at CycleScheme made a statement today Monday September the 21st 2020 that addressed the current limit of the certificate and the commotion they charge bike retailers.
Currently the Cycle to works scheme have a maximum certificate limit of one thousand pounds. That is to include the purchase of a bike and any additional equipment such as security locks and safety gear. We think it is great that they have decided to review this maximum limit, with its current standing it fails to provide the customer a big enough range in their choice as most high end cycles are well over 1k and and good quality electric bike starts at around the same price. They also want to review their commission rates. They currently charge the bike retailer 15% of your order. Which may not sound like a lot but if you consider the 20% vat, shipping, other taxes and expenses it doesn't leave much left if anything at all for us bike retailers. So hopefully they can find a better solution that works for everybody. E Movement are also members of the Green Commute Initiative which currently has no limit and much fairer commissions to bike retailers. You can read Adrian Warren's statement in full below.
Given the recent situation around Covid-19, cycling and cycling to work has seen an unprecedented surge in demand. As well as this, we at Cyclescheme have been instrumental in working with the UK government to remove the £1,000 cap on the value of a bike eligible under the Cycle to Work scheme. This has meant that many more people have had access to a wider range of bikes that suit their commuting needs, including pedal-assisted and adapted bikes. These changes are hugely important to support wider mobility and to make cycling accessible to everyone - something we feel very passionately about. Over the past 15 years, we have significantly invested in the compliance of our scheme. Cyclescheme participants typically save 25-39% on the cost of cycling equipment – this is inclusive of paying an End of Hire fee. This fee is charged in line with the Department for Transport (DfT) and HMRC scheme guidance to ensure there is no benefit-in-kind liability for participants. At Cyclescheme, we have historically charged an agreed percentage rate of commission for our services. But we also realise that since the £1,000 cap has been lifted and the price of bikes has risen under lockdown, this means an uncapped commission may not be the best way forward. The last thing we want to do is to treat bike shops unfairly. That’s why we have already been working directly with bike manufacturers and retailers to agree a new commission structure that means we all receive value from bike sales while also working collaboratively to continue to encourage more people to ride bicycles. Talks are ongoing, but we are confident we will have a new commission structure in place in that benefits everyone."Adrian Warren
Last updated 14:00 Monday 21st September 2020
Enter the last quarter of the strangest year we can remember here at E Movement, although we have not returned to our pre-covid normal the kids are back to school and that means all the subdiursys and mechanics to make it all work are back in action. One of those is a publication from the Herald Scotland "Independent Schools".
E Movement have teamed up with the magazine and we have an awesome a4 inner page editorial. The team at the Herald have done a great job and we are so pleased to be getting exposure through this medium and the opportunity to show people how the can become greener and more CarbonSmart as E-Movement is the only E Bike company to be certified as CarbonSmart. We have attached a shot below of the magazine you can view it online here
The time is nearly here, you have worked out where it will help and what you will use it for but there is something topping you hit that buy button! BREAKING: We are here with some of the most important bits you need to know about a bike. Lets get straight into it below.
Unlike ordinary bikes, electric bikes have battery-powered motors which assist you with your riding. Meanwhile, a digital display allows you to switch between different amounts of motor input as you ride. While you pedal, you can ask the motor to match or double the level of effort, helping to propel you along.
Electric bikes requires you to pedal for the motor to kick in. Furthermore, electric bikes are restricted by law to go no faster than 15.5 mph and with these restrictions, you don’t need a license to ride the bike. Even better, you don’t need to tax or insure an e-bike, like you would a scooter.
Also, it is possible to go faster than this speed on an e-bike, however you will need to pedal harder as the motor assistance will cut out at 15.5mph.
An e-bike is usually heavier than a standard bike. The average weight of a hybrid e-bike can be around 25kg. This is because of the extra components added to the bike, such as the battery, which can be quite large.
This shouldn’t really affect riding experience because of the assisted push by the motor unless you are pedalling the bike manually.
Front hub motors are positioned on the front wheel hub. They’re quite commonly seen on folding bikes and cheaper bikes.
Rear hub motors are suited on the rear wheel hub and feels more natural than front hub power.
Lastly, e-bikes with a mid-engine motor are typically more expensive than the other types. This is because they offer some significant advantages, including better balance and a more natural feel to the bike when riding.
E-bikes can come with different sizes of battery, which typically vary between 250W and 500W. The size of the battery usually determines the range and the assistance level on a bike. For example, a 250W battery’s range will be much lesser than a 500W battery and it won’t be able to give you as much assistance if the road points upwards. Therefore, if you live or ride in hilly areas, it’s worth opting for a higher wattage battery.
Assistance levels= Different bikes have different setups however, most bikes will offer a low, medium and high assistance mode.
Display unit= The display control unit is usually placed on the handlebar and it allows you to adjust the assistance level as you go. Some display units are clearer and easier to use than others.
Frame size= A very common mistake it to buy a bike with a frame that is oversized, or undersized. This can ruin your enjoyment of the bike if you have to reach too far for the handlebar and may make the experience less comfortable. We recommend test riding the bikes before buying one.
Brakes= Due to the increased weights of e-bikes, you need a decent set of brakes. We recommend hydraulic brakes due to their increased stopping power in wet conditions, making them fairly reliable.
We all know we should be doing our bit to save the planet and try to reverse climate change, but it can sometimes be a little bit difficult to know exactly how to do this. However, thanks to us here at E-Movement and the invention of personal electric vehicles like scooters, bikes and skateboards to name a few. it’s easier than ever before to cut down on the amount of fossil fuels being used in the planet as a whole. With this in mind, we have put together a selection of some of the benefits of personal electric vehicles for you to take a look at, and this will help you to decide whether they might be a great option for you.
Although the initial cost of an electric vehicle might be somewhat higher than you have paid for a car in the past, for example, you are likely to recoup a lot of the costs during the ownership of your vehicle. This is the case for two main reasons. Firstly, they are much cheaper to charge than they would have been to fill up with petrol or diesel. In addition to this, because there are fewer moving parts in electric vehicles, it is also much less likely that they will break down, which will save you a lot of money in the garage in the future.
If you’re anything like a lot of other people in the world, taking your car to a garage to get fuel will be an annoying chore, particularly if you don’t have much spare time in your day. With an electric vehicle however, you don’t have to do this, as you have the option of charging your vehicle from home. The easiest time to do this is overnight, and the car will be ready for you with its full range in the morning, without you having to go out of your way, or stand at a cold petrol pump while the fuel comes out of the pump into your vehicle.
A lot of people value their peace and quiet above anything else, and if this is the case for you, there is no doubt that an electric vehicle will be the right choice for you. This is because there is none of the noise that you would expect from a petrol engine, for example, and when you are stopped at traffic lights it is hard to tell that the car is even on at all. This can make the drive a much better experience than you could expect from other vehicles, and this alone is something that attracts lots of people to personal electric vehicles.
No matter what kind of personal electric vehicle you wish to try, it is clear to see from the above that there are lots of benefits that should interest you. Add these to the fact that every electric vehicle that is bought is doing a little bit to save the planet, and it is clear to see that they are certainly worth thinking about in the near future.
When you enjoy skating, you will know just how free you can feel when you are out skating, without a single care in the world. With this in mind, you may be thinking about how you can make that experience even better than before – and the answer is an electric skateboard. We have put together some great reasons that this could be a good option for you.
Anything that uses power is often frowned upon, however thanks to the fact that electric skateboards can be charged repeatedly, there is no need for this to be the case. You can make a great impact on your own carbon footprint by choosing to take your skateboard on journeys that you may have previously used a car for, meaning that you can be sure that you’re doing your bit.
If you’re anything like a lot of people in this day and age, you may feel that you spend far too much time sitting in the house staring at the screens on your electronic devices. This is not good for your health in the long term, and it can instead be good to get out into the great outdoors. An electric skateboard is the ideal solution for this, as it means that you are out in the fresh air and getting some exercise, without being simply cooped up in your home the whole time.
One thing that lots of beginner skaters struggle with is how to control the board – and many skaters will admit that they have fallen off their board multiple times while learning the skill. An electric skateboard is a great way to help with this however, as the power can be either increased or decreased depending on the experience of the user, and this means that if you’re a beginner, you can take things nice and slowly until you’re a little more used to your board.
Thanks to the high quality of many kinds of electric skateboards these days, users have reported that they’re a really comfortable way to travel. Some even describe it as feeling as though they’re floating along, which of course is a great endorsement for the product. This means that no matter what kind of journey you might be thinking about taking on your electric skateboard, you can be certain that you will be completely comfortable while doing so.
As you can see, there are a lot of fantastic benefits that come along with being the owner of an electric skateboard – many of which you might not have thought of before. This means that if you don’t already have one, it could certainly be a great consideration for your next purchase. No matter whether you are looking to change up your commute, or whether you are just looking for a bit of fun, there is no doubt that electric skateboards can bring a lot to the table when it comes to quality and enjoyment.
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If you have to commute every day to work, you may struggle with it for many reasons. You might hate being jammed into public transport with other people, or sitting in your car for hours on end in traffic. Or, you may just hate the routine of your commute, and feel as though everything is exactly the same, every single day of your life. If these are all feelings that you have been having recently, then it makes a lot of sense to try something new, and we have the perfect idea: a personal electric vehicle from E Motion. We manufactured a complete series of vehicles But, why should you try it?
It’s no secret that buying an electric skateboard, scooter or bike is a lot cheaper than buying a car, so using this for your commute could be a great choice. The initial cost is quite reasonable, and thanks to the fact that they come with rechargeable batteries, the only thing you will ever need to pay for is the electricity to recharge the batteries.
When you drive to your place of work and get caught in traffic, you can often literally see the emissions rising up from all of the vehicles in front of you. Every car on the road damages the planet in its own way, so by using yours less, you are changing the world in a positive way. Getting any electric person vehicle is a great place to start, as you can reduce your own emissions in an effective way.
When you get to the office every day, you may find that it is a struggle to find a place to park your car, as you battle with everyone else who also works in the building. With an electric scooter, bike and board however, you can take it in with you, and fit it into the smallest of places, meaning that fighting for – and even paying for – a parking space is very much a thing of the past.
Thanks to the fact that these e vehicles can reach impressive speeds of up to 25mph, you have a great chance of skipping the worst of the traffic on your commute each day. Nothing is more frustrating than knowing that you’re going to be late, thanks to traffic that is beyond your control, and an electric vehicle from E motion gives you the chance to fly past any problematic traffic and get to your destination on time.
No matter where you work, if you find that your commute is just too much for you, it can be a great idea to try and think of an alternative way to get there. It seems that there are plenty of benefits to owning an electric skateboard, meaning that you really can make all the difference to how you get to work. There are plenty of different models available for you to choose from, so you can be sure that you will find one that is perfect for your needs. Learn more from our range and look at our E Bikes E Boards E Scooters