Volt Infinity review: A comfortable hybrid e-bike with plenty of range

Volt Infinity: Two minute review

British bike builder Volt has already produced some cracking electric two-wheelers and the Volt Infinity offers more of the same. This is an upright, very comfortable e-bike that features an aluminium frame, a Sony powerpack plus a host of component parts from Shimano. 

What this all means is that you get an easy-to-ride electric bike, complete with the Shimano Steps system that delivers auto gear shifting if you want it, along with an 8-speed derailleur setup if you prefer to work the gears yourself. 

The 250W Shimano hub-mounted motor offers dependable assistance, the range is impressive and you’ll get there in comfort thanks to a nice spongy saddle, flat handlebars and chunkier tyres. It’s all very civilised. The Volt Infinity also comes with full mudguards, front and rear lights and a rack over the back wheel, so it’s ready to hit the road.

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Volt Infinity: Specifications
Component Value
Size range: S, M, L (5’ 7” and upwards)
Motor: Shimano 250W
Top speed 15.5 mph
Power: 36V, lithium battery
Control: Shimano Steps LCD Display
E-bike classification: EAPC / Class 1
Speeds: Shimano 8-speed Alfine D12
Brakes: Shimano S700 Alfine hydraulic discs
Frame material: Reinforced aluminium
Weight: 23.6 kg / 52 pounds (measured)
Weight capacity: 120kg / 264.5 pounds
Range: 90 miles (rated, Class 1 mode)

Volt Infinity: Price and availability

Volt Infinity electric bike

(Image credit: Rob Clymo)
  • £3,000 in UK
  • Approximately $3,750 / AU$5,600
  • Available from manufacturer directly

The Volt Infinity is available to buy directly from Volt, with a price tag that starts from £3,000 in the UK (approximately $3,750 in the US, and AU$5,600 in Australia). If that seems to be quite a lot for an around-town hybrid, just bear in mind this two-wheeler comes with very impressive specs. 

While the Volt Infinity does have a seemingly exorbitantly high price, this is a good value bike. The design and build quality is very good overall. However, what really takes it up a notch on the value front is the use of components. Products from Shimano feature heavily here, including the powertrain, bike computer, brakes and so on. Add in the other touches of quality, like the excellent Velo saddle plus the various ancillaries like full mudguards and lights, along with a carry rack over the rear wheel and it’s a decent package.

Volt does also offer an optional GPS tracker to use with the Infinity, which comes with an additional cost.

Volt Infinity: Design

Volt Infinity electric bike

(Image credit: Rob Clymo)
  • Restrained but cool-looking frame design in silver
  • Integrated Abus lock and Spanninga lights plus luggage rack
  • Good choice of components delivers a premium feel

There’s plenty to catch your eyes with the Volt Infinity, but while it looks cool enough, I rather like the slightly low-key stance of this hybrid e-bike. To start, the bike’s solid 19-inch aluminium frame is suited to riders from 5’ 7” and upwards. Although the brushed silver colour of the aluminium is distinctive, it’s not at all shouty. This is

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Is U.S. excitement around Volkswagen ID Excitement plenty of to get it manufactured listed here? VW’s Scott Keogh now says it’s possible

Keogh spoke of driving European-spec ID Excitement models in Austin this thirty day period, where he was joined by Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen Group, and the two executives had been in a position to see regional response firsthand. Ralf Brandstaetter, CEO of VW passenger autos, mentioned past 7 days that the brand name anticipates offering 120,000 ID Excitement products for every calendar year.

“Autos like this do the most crucial factor. Organization is superior, generating income is superior, but get the model liked and cherished all over again, which is where we want to get to, and that is what this is performing,” Keogh said. “Getting down in Austin with this auto” was the emphasize so significantly of his a few-12 months stint as CEO of VW of America, he explained. “Driving all around and just obtaining literally men and women jumping in front of the motor vehicle which is amazing.”

Speaking March 10 to sellers gathered in Las Vegas for the NADA Display, Keogh was questioned about classes discovered from the firm’s launch of the ID4 last 12 months that he would have ahead to the launch of the ID Buzz.

Initially and foremost, he mentioned, “I would have pushed tougher to localize the auto and localize the auto quicker, without a doubt.” He explained then that need for the ID4 was broader nationwide than predicted, inspite of a deficiency of designed-up charging infrastructure in many spots.

Just after his speech, Keogh clarified to Automotive News that ID Buzz gross sales volumes in the U.S. would possible be beneath 100,000 every year — a benchmark that historically has authorized automakers ample scale to save income on production.

“Honestly, the ID Excitement, I don’t see localizing,” Keogh mentioned then, “but the sky’s the limit, and we are thrilled.”

Monday, having said that, that altered a bit.

Keogh stated he acquired “a 4-website page email” from a modest seller in the U.S. who he claimed may possibly have envisioned to market 1 or two ID Buzz models when reservations formally opened afterwards this year for the minivan, which will not arrive in the U.S. until eventually 2024. The dealer explained to Keogh that he “had 75 reservations individuals put down $500 just about every,” in a vendor-run advertisement hoc reservation for the U.S. edition of the ID Buzz, which has not even been shown nevertheless.

Keogh claimed he was shocked.

“To be a small little bit cynical, [a new microbus] is a car or truck we have been in a person sort or manner talking about for above 20 yrs,” Keogh stated. But the ID Excitement combines “strong nostalgia” with “an entirely new way to be a neat Father, a awesome household, a great anything,” and with need as it is, “we may possibly need to have to react appropriately,” by localizing generation to make certain the manufacturer can deliver plenty of for North America.

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