As for the vehicle in question today, we’re going to be looking at an electric fat-tire bike that SWFT offers, the Zip. While I normally don’t write about these sorts of bikes, the Zip has a few tricks up its sleeve that make it seem worthwhile; one of those tricks is its price.
As it stands, the Zip comes in with a price tag of $1,399 (€1,201 at current exchange rates), and while you can certainly find another fat-tire e-bike for less cash, this one offers future owners something that few other e-bikes seem to bring forth: speed. Out of the box, the Zip can reach a top speed of 19.8 mph (31,86 kph) using its throttle function.
Powering this motor around town and onto some off-road tracks is a 46.8 V 10 Ah lithium-ion battery pack that sits mounted onto the down tube of the Zip. With it, SWFT states that you can achieve a range of up to 37 miles (59.5 kilometers). Sure, it may not seem like much, but I beg you to ask yourself: when was the last time you rode a bike for more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) in one day?
What I found rather neat is the fact the battery pack is a removable one. This means that once the battery is drained, if you have another pack, you can easily double your range by switching it out with a fully charged battery; just bring along a backpack to carry the spare. Heck, why not get creative and fabricate some sort of carrier for the frame.
With six speeds, half-twist throttle, and an LCD display screen to help you keep track of your setting and power levels, you’re good to go with a fun bike, to say the least. With a weight of 66.1 lbs (30 kg) and a maximum weight capacity of 265 lbs (120 kg), you could even find a way to hook up some sort of cargo trailer and turn the Zip into a workhorse.
After finding out about the Zip, I did a bit of digging around the neighborhood to find the best price for this puppy. In my search, I ended up stumbling upon a sale that’s going on at Best Buy, where they’re offering the SWFT Zip for $1,199 (€1,030 at current exchange rates), $200 (€171 at current exchange rates) less than the initial MSRP. Something to consider if you're looking to join the growing urban mobility movement.