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E-Drives

Shimano STEPS

GO SwissDrive

Which E-Drive fits?

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e-drive recumbent bicycle tricycle comparison Shimano STEPS GO SwissDrive

Which E-Drive fits best?
GO SwissDrive and Shimano STEPS in comparison.

Three electric motors, each with two drivetrain options, optimally cover your demand for additional electrical energy: Two models from the Shimano STEPS product line for all three wheel trikes as well as the rear hub motor from GO SwissDrive, which is also available for our two wheel recumbent bicycles.

Smooth and comfortable: The STEPS E5000 (available from 02/19 replacing the STEPS E6000) has in comparison a very harmonious feel with a torque of 40 Nm. In combination with the 8-speed Sram X4 derailleur, you have a good companion for relaxed tours in moderately demanding terrain. If you are often in town and start and stop frequently, the Shimano Nexus Di2 automatic transmission is the perfect choice. The rear hub shifts fully automatically and thus offers maximum comfort and safety: You can fully concentrate on the road without having to think about shifting gears.

If you want endless power on the mountain or want to turn your trike into a packhorse, you will quickly become a fan of the E8000 system with 70 Nm. Regardless of the torque specifications, which can only be compared to a limited extent, the most important factor for many people is how much thrust the engine develops at low speeds.

e-drive recumbent bicycle tricycle comparing Shimano STEPS GO SwissDrive

This is where the GO SwissDrive comes in front, because the hub motor design delivers maximum power to the road right from the start, especially in combination with a small 20-inch rear wheel. The hub motor also scores with a very sensitively tuned driving behaviour. Nature lovers will appreciate the practically inaudible power plant in the rear wheel.

In contrast to hub motors, the bottom bracket drive is not familiar with the topic of overheating when driving slowly on a very steep mountain. There you are always well advised with Shimano STEPS. By the way: comfortable uphill riding is a real domain of the stable trikes from HP Velotechnik.

All three e-drive systems offer impressive ranges. Invest even less thought into the location of your next power outlet with our optional extra battery. GO SwissDrive wins the comfort rating in this exciting area: Instead of switching batteries, you simply switch a single cable. Moreover the Swiss have more capacity in their battery.

Technical Data E-Drives

System Shimano STEPS
E5000
Shimano STEPS
E8000
GO SwissDrive Power
G25p
GO SwissDrive Power
G45p
Available for all trike models
excl. S-Pedelec
all trike models
excl. S-Pedelec
all bike and trike models
excl. S-Pedelec
Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec
(Outside EU: all 26" rear wheel trikes)
Support up to 25 km/h
(16 mph)
up to 25 km/h
(16 mph)
up to 25 km/h
(16 mph)
up to 45 km/h
(28 mph)
Start assist up to 6 km/h
(4 mph)
up to 6 km/h
(4 mph)
up to 6 km/h
(4 mph)
up to 20 km/h
(12 mph)
Reverse gear up to 3 km/h (1.8 mph) up to 3 km/h (1.8 mph)
Range* up to 145 km (91 miles)
(up to 340 km / 211 miles with additional battery,
folding limited)
up to 80 km (50 miles)
(up to 200 km / 124 miles with additional battery,
folding limited)
up to 145 km (91 miles)
(up to 290 km / 182 miles with additional battery,
folding limited)
up to 75 km (46 miles)
(up to 150 km / 93 miles with additional battery,
folding limited)
Force amplification 3 levels: Eco / Normal / High 3 levels: Eco / Trail / Boost 5 levels (individually adjustable) 5 levels (individually adjustable)
Noise level very silent bottom bracket motor silent bottom bracket motor extremely silent hub motor extremely silent hub motor
Max. torque 40 Nm (at the front motor) 70 Nm (at the front motor) 45 Nm (at the rear wheel) 45 Nm (at the rear wheel)
Rated power 250 W 250 W 250 W 370 W
Rechargeable battery Shimano 36 V Li-Ion
removable, with lock
Shimano 36 V Li-Ion
removable, with lock
BMZ 36 V Li-Ion
removable, with lock
BMZ 36 V Li-Ion
removable, with lock
Capacity 14 Ah 14 Ah 17.5 Ah 17.5 Ah
Energy content 418 Wh 418 Wh 636 Wh 636 Wh
Battery weight 2.7 kg 2.7 kg 3.4 kg 3.4 kg
Battery life 800 – 1000 charging cycles 800 – 1000 charging cycles 800 – 1000 charging cycles 800 – 1000 charging cycles
Charger Shimano EC-E60021 (2 A) Shimano EC-E60021 (2 A) BMZ Schnellader 4.5 A BMZ Schnellader 4.5 A
Charging time 6.5 hours (3.5 hours 80%)
without memory effect
6.5 hours (3.5 hours 80%)
without memory effect
4.5 hours
without memory effect
4.5 hours
without memory effect
Charger weight 1 kg (2.2 lbs) 1 kg (2.2 lbs) 0,85 kg (1.9 lbs) 0,85 kg (1.9 lbs)
Additional weight ca. 8.3 kg (18.3 lbs) ca. 8.5 kg (18.7 lbs) ca. 10.1 kg (22.3 lbs)
Display black/white display
above handlebar
(Top View)
black/white display
above handlebar
(Top View)
color display
above handlebar (Top View)
or side of handlebars
color display
above handlebar (Top View)
or side of handlebars
Drivetrain Sram X4 8 speed
derailleur gearing
twist shifter
20": 44/11–34 teeth
26": 38 / 11–34 teeth
Shimano XT Di2 11 speed
derailleur gearing
with button (electric)
20": 50 / 11–46 teeth
26": 44 / 11–46 teeth
Sram GX 30 speed
derailleur gearing
bar end shifters
20": 60-52-40 / 11–36 teeth
26": 52-42-30 /11–36 teeth
Sram GX 30 speed
derailleur gearing
bar end shifters
52-42-30 / 11–36 teeth
Drivetrain
(alternatively)
Shimano Nexus Di2 8 speed
rear wheel internal gear hub
Rohloff 14 speed
rear wheel internal gear hub
Pinion C1.12 12 speed
internal gear transmission
Pinion C1.12 12 speed
internal gear transmission
Extras optionally with big battery pack (504 Wh) and fast charger (4 A) KEC-E6000 (2,5 hours: 80 %); on option additional battery (504 Wh)
Bluetooth interface
optionally with big battery pack (504 Wh) and fast charger (4 A) KEC-E6000 (2,5 hours: 80 %); on option additional battery (504 Wh)
Bluetooth interface
USB 5V, 1A
Bluetooth interface
Boost function for maximum power
USB 5V, 1A
Bluetooth interface
Boost function for maximum power

(*Range as stated by manufacturer; GO SwissDrive: Support Level 60%, Rider 68 kg, 20°C, no wind, flat terrain, smooth roads; Shimano STEPS E5000: under Shimano test conditions; Shimano STEPS E8000: Support level Eco, Total weight bike/rider 100 kg, measured on ascent with 800 height meters)

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