Journey Collectively: The IZIP story
Quick and enjoyable, IZIP is called for that sure type of pleasure that comes from cruising round on an electrical bicycle. That contemporary feeling of the breeze in your face, the liberty of limitless time, and no explicit vacation spot in thoughts. Consciously impressed by our California roots, we design every bike with an eye fixed for fashionable consolation, sturdiness, and optimistic vibes. We’ll get right into a bit extra about how we take into consideration our bike design beneath. However first, a short historical past lesson.
Based by electrical automotive pioneer Malcolm Currie, our firm has its origins within the modern expertise of the EV1 vehicle—the world’s first mass-produced electrical automotive. “Dr. Currie was a pioneer within the area of electrical mobility,” explains Chief Industrial Officer, Larry Pizzi. “To say that he was forward of his time is an understatement; he was a visionary.” An achieved aerospace engineer and CEO at Hughes Plane Firm, Currie believed that electrical automobiles might enhance lives and resolve transportation issues across the globe. It was after main Delco Electronics (a Normal Motors firm engaged on the EV1) that Currie started to carry his electrical imaginative and prescient of the long run to life.
Impressed by the laidback SoCal way of life, IZIP bikes are constructed for the enjoyable chasers, the farmer’s market goers, and the early morning surf seekers. We wish to say that these design values actually got here to life when Larry Pizzi joined our group in 2002. An avid bike owner and bike trade exec, Larry added key momentum to Malcolm’s imaginative and prescient. “At first the concept of an eBike with an assistive motor was counterintuitive to me,” recollects Pizzi. “Till I skilled how enjoyable, liberating and sensible eBikes might be as a way of transportation and a solution to get extra individuals using bicycles.” Three years later IZIP was formally launched, using the key sauce in our authentic electrical motors, Currie’s patented ‘electro-drive’ system.
It didn’t take lengthy for our bikes to begin zipping off the cabinets. The celebrities aligned in 2008 when fuel costs went by means of the roof, driving immediately acquired far more costly and battery expertise enhancements meant that we might provide longer vary and quicker eBike speeds. Our bikes stored rolling out of retailers quicker than we might make them and we ended up promoting out of each single mannequin that yr.
We imagine bikes are a strong and pleasant device for change. Not solely do they assist us keep match by getting us out on adventures (whether or not to our favourite vacation spot or only a fast journey to the submit workplace), in addition they allow that traffic-skipping-feel-like-a-kid-again-zest-for-life. Particularly, eBikes may also assist with mobility – offering freedom and peace of thoughts in figuring out that there’ll all the time be sufficient juice to take you the place you wish to go and to make it again house. We’re stoked to be making merchandise that provides nice perks, whereas benefiting riders well being, wellbeing, and decreasing your carbon footprint, on the similar time. Win, win, win, and win once more.
By the late aughts our IZIP model was in a groove—shifting, shaking, and serving to hundreds of individuals comfortably and stylishly get the place they needed to go. In 2012 we stepped up and joined the households of manufacturers Raleigh, Redline, and Diamondback bicycles. This allowed us the chance to hone our area of interest and our dedication to design and dependable efficiency whereas increasing our fleet to incorporate conventional (learn non-eBike) fashions.
Think about if constructing essentially the most superior bikes on the planet was as simple as asking Alexa for the present climate. That’s just about what being in a household of world-class bike-makers looks like. Whether or not it’s the most recent in lithium-ion battery expertise or only a extra snug handlebar and grip; we’re targeted on bringing the perfect tech from throughout the globe to our bicycles at a worth that also leaves room in your basket for loads of natural produce.
We proceed to root for our neighborhood. Following in Dr. Currie’s early footsteps, we’re nonetheless extremely concerned in eBike advocacy (he was the unique champion in Congress for legalizing eBikes). Our group helps modernize use rules state by state and dealing with coverage teams to alter legal guidelines to supply a transparent path for eBikes to flourish. “We are trying to speak how eBikes have the potential for optimistic change on so many ranges,” says Pizzi. “They’re true game-changers.” Since IZIP started, many eBike manufacturers have come to the market which we predict is a significant win for each the planet and our neighborhood. We’re proud to be part of this sea-change in environmental and concrete mobility and we will’t wait to see what the following few years maintain.
“Designed for enjoyable, constructed to final” is our IZIP motto. We’ve benefited from our huge expertise, love our motive for being, and we’re stoked for the long run. This yr we’re thrilled to announce that along with our electrical bicycles we’re increasing our IZIP household by introducing acoustic (non-electric) rides into the fold. We actually imagine that joyful mobility (of all bicycle sorts) is a sound measure of freedom and that well-made, handsome bikes are the true ticket to happiness. We’re all on this collectively, so right here’s to residing the perfect bike life potential!