This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: I would like EGO to build e-bikes.
Some quick background: Electric bicycles have been a "thing" for a while now. They're basically normal bikes, but with a battery and motor grafted on. You still pedal, but the motor makes it easier to climb hills, accelerate from stops, or just cruise effortlessly at high-ish speeds.
You can buy a "cheap" electric bike for around US$1,000 (crappy motor, crappy battery), while the fancier e-bikes can cost $5,000 or more. There are also conversion kits that let you add the electric bits onto most any bike you already own. A nice conversion kit also costs about $1,000. About $500 for a nice mid-drive motor, and about $500 for a ~50V, ~8AH lithium ion battery pack.
That last part should sound familiar! EGO is now selling battery packs in that power range, and they are selling them for a very good price. EGO's packs also include battery management, and advanced cooling technology that is comparable or better than what even the fancy electric bikes are using these days.
I'll finally get to the point: It would be fantastic if EGO could sell some sort of "universal battery connector" that would let hobbyists of all persuasions easily connect any of the existing EGO packs to whatever they want. In other words, a clickie battery socket, just like what the mower uses, except without the mower part! I'm guessing that this would result in lots of people buying "bare" EGO batteries for their various crazy projects, but once they own an EGO battery pack, they'd probably also start buying the various EGO devices that "officially" use those batteries. Everybody's happy!
(I'm guessing that EGO's lawyers wouldn't be thrilled at the prospect of people building various EGO-powered devices, and then setting themselves on fire, or wrapping themselves around a tree somewhere. But hey, that's what disclaimers are for!)
To put it another way, I'm tempted to crack open my mower battery, just to see if I could bodge up a connector so I could also use it to power an e-bike. But it would be awesome if I didn't have to "hack" it, and could instead just buy an official connector/holder that I could permanently attach to my bike.
Disclaimer: I don't actually own an e-bike at this time. But I'd like to, especially if I didn't have to buy that overpriced $500 battery for it.