Looking Deeper Into the Sondors Electric Bike and Other New E-Bikes on Kickstarter & Indiegogo
Love at first ride.
The EVELO blog
The introduction of another crowd-funded e-bike by Storm Sondors – this time called the Sondors THIN Electric Bike – has generated a lot of new interest from those researching e-bikes. The attractive price point – starting at $499 (plus shipping and taxes) – is definitely an attention-getter, particularly for those working within a particular budget.
Sondors isn’t the only one with e-bikes showing up on crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but his incredibly successful first campaign for an electric fat bike last year has encouraged others to post similar e-bike models in development.
The price looks great, the bikes look cool, and some even offer interesting solutions to common problems. But if you haven’t yet experienced the excitement (and sometimes disappointment) of participating in a crowd-funded project (usually called a campaign), here are a couple of important things to consider before you put your money on the table. … Read more
Originally posted MutliBriefs: Exclusive on November 11, 2014
With the ongoing growth of the electric bike industry in the U.S., more individuals are looking for ways to get involved in this space. For many, they see potential and opportunity for electric bikes to take off within their community, city or region.
I regularly get inquiries from folks who are looking to start a business by bringing and promoting electric bikes in their area. For those individuals, it represents an opportunity to capitalize on the growing industry, while being involved with a product they feel passionate about. … Read more
“So, where are your electric bikes made?”
This question comes up often in our interactions with customers.
There is a simple answer and a more complex one. … Read more
As EVELO continues our fourth year of operations, we keep working towards becoming a company that our customers are proud to do business with, where our team members look forward to working at, and where we always aim to do things a bit different from the rest.
One thing becoming increasingly important to me, as the company’s co-founder and CEO, is transparency. I strongly believe that the more transparent we are – as a company – the stronger the relationship we build with our customers and the better the environment we create for all of our team members. … Read more
This year, about 98% of our business will come from customers who buy directly from us online. For a lot of customers, it’s a fairly novel concept – to buy something like a bicycle online and its true, it is a fairly new approach to selling bicycles. … Read more
When we were starting EVELO several years ago, one of the key challenges that we needed to solve was distribution of the bikes. How do we distribute the bikes to the users and provide them with test-ride opportunities in the most effective way? … Read more
At EVELO, about half of our current staff is focused on customer service.
When we initially launched the company, our support was primarily e-mail focused and followed a traditional offering of Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. It was an acceptable – and perhaps even the norm in the business world – but nothing really remarkable or note worthy. … Read more
In early 2012, we were getting ready to launch EVELO.
We spent the previous year getting everything in place for the launch, but still knew that we had an uphill battle. As a new company that focuses on online distribution with a product that starts at around $2,000, we not only had to create awareness about our electric bikes, but also prove to our clients that our products were reliable and worthy of their business. As a young company, our work was cut out for us. … Read more
At EVELO, we do the majority of our interactions online. Since we work with clients all over the country, we’ve built our infrastructure to be able to accommodate customers no matter where they live.
When you do the majority of your business online, you have access to a lot of data that can help make business decisions which is good. However, precisely because we do so much of our business online, there is a downside as well – that is we don’t have as much of a face-to-face interaction with customers. … Read more