Are electric tricycles waterproof?
Water and electricity. Not usually considered a good combination, right?
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that our customers often ask us “Are electric tricycles waterproof?” It’s no surprise.
Even if you’re a good weather trike rider, you’re not sure if you want to go out in the rain on your electric trike. There are a number of considerations that need to be taken into account in order to ensure personal safety and limit wear and tear on your electric trike.
However, you can ride your electric trike in the rain. That’s right – there are no excuses! Ignore the weather and hit the road.
Read on for all the key information on the question of whether electric tricycles are waterproof.
Are electric tricycles waterproof?
As mentioned above, electric tricycles and, of course, all electric tricycles sold by shuangye are waterproof.
Whilst water and electricity don’t mix, this isn’t a problem when riding an electric trike as usually the electrical components (battery, motor and controller) are fully waterproof and sealed to the components.
That said, weatherproofing (even in a bucket of water) is not the same as fully submerging an electric trike in water. Regardless of the degree to which a manufacturer labels it as waterproof, no one would advise you to unnecessarily submerge your trike for long periods of time.
In fact, as we always tell our customers: if you don’t want to use a normal trike, then don’t use an electric trike. There are obvious disadvantages to prolonged exposure of a trike to moisture – we’ll discuss this in more detail later.
It’s worth noting that not all electric cargo bike are built the same. Therefore, each electric tricycle will be issued with an Ingress Protection (IP) code, which is used to assess the tricycle’s level of protection against ingress (water, dust and contact with the electrical enclosure).
IP codes: electric tricycles and waterproofing ratings
You are likely to see IP codes on other electronic products, including smartphones (which are now increasingly waterproof).
The IP code has two digits, the first for dust protection and the second for water resistance.
The lower number reflects a lower degree of resistance. For example, the IP code IP60 indicates a high degree of dust resistance, but water resistance is unproven or untested.
IP codes are internationally recognised, so comparisons between products can be easily made. The maximum waterproof rating is 9. You can see a list of IP codes here.
If you are unsure of the IP code of your electric tricycle, please consult the manufacturer or feel free to contact our friendly team for advice.
Wet weather maintenance of electric tricycles
As such, electric trikes are waterproof (to varying degrees).
However, this does not mean that you want to leave your trike in the rain unnecessarily.
Just like a regular trike, prolonged periods of time in the rain can degrade the performance of electric trike components, such as the drive train, chain and gears.
If you are unable to keep your trike indoors, we recommend that you purchase a good quality waterproof cover. It is also worth purchasing a cover if you intend to drive regularly or over long distances and keep the trike in the back of a car.
Regardless of the weather, we recommend that e-trike users do a quick ‘review’ of their ride when they get home from a short trip.
If you’ve been riding in the rain, especially on the trails, your e-trike may get some mud and dirt on it. It’s worth rinsing your trike in warm soapy water (not too rough) and wiping it down with a soft cloth or sponge.
As we’ve said, electric trike batteries are waterproof and sealed, but it doesn’t hurt to remove them to make sure all contact points are completely dry.
Wet riding also means the chain needs some attention. Our foolproof procedure involves a little drop of degreaser, followed by an application of lubricant, while keeping an eye out for any dirt and debris stuck between the links.
After a few wet months, you may be more than happy to hand your electric trike over to an expert for a full service to make sure everything is in order.
How to ride safely in the rain
Whilst your electric trike may be safe in the rain, it’s important that you are safe too.
You’ll need to make adjustments to your riding style to avoid endangering yourself or others on the road.
Firstly, slow down.
Wet roads mean less friction, which makes it harder to maintain control. It also means braking distances will be longer. Braking early and gently is a must.
Wet weather usually means dark skies. Make sure you wear bright, high-visibility clothing and that your trike is fitted with work lights to ensure you are visible to other road users.
In fact, it’s worth investing in some specialised waterproof cycling kit for your protection (and for your comfort). Buying a good quality jacket and waterproof trousers will reduce the risk of catching a cold or rubbing yourself in wet clothing. Gloves are also a good idea to ensure grip on the handlebars.
Purchase a waterproof bag set to ensure all your luggage stays safe and dry – this is our preferred way of keeping our luggage safe whilst cycling.
It’s worth considering whether your regular route to work is suitable for wet weather. If there are lots of tight bends or traffic jams, or poorly lit areas for night riding, it may be worth taking an alternative route.
Riding an electric tricycle in wet weather: final thoughts
The good news is that electric tricycles can be ridden safely in wet weather.
Electric tricycles are an increasingly advanced technology and it’s no surprise that key components are waterproof.
However, different trikes may have different levels of water resistance. Always check the IP code with the retailer or manufacturer to see how well the trike can cope with wet weather.
Remember, regardless of the level of waterproofing, best maintenance practices should always be applied.
Show your electric trike some ‘TLC’ after a wet ride. A quick wash and dry is important to keep your trike in top condition.
Consider storage as well. Wet or open storage locations are hardly ideal for limiting wear and tear. Cool and dry is ideal for you, but if this is not possible, buy a good quality waterproof trike cover.
Remember. Wet weather means riding with care! Don’t forget the essentials: appropriate equipment (lights and clothing) and reduce your speed.
If you’d like to find out more about riding an electric trike in wet weather, contact our team of experienced riders for more information.
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