To keep these posts lightweight and fun, we’re going to split our mega-update into a series of posts over the next week.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us at Jed. For the last +6 months, we've been thoroughly testing our boards with hundreds of different riders in various conditions. Our extensive telemetry data has helped us refine each component during the design and engineering process. This journey has taught us a lot about what Jed boards are capable of and how to scale up to mass production.
Without such extensive testing, we might release an unfinished, unpolished product that puts our customers at risk. Flying blind and undermining Jed’s momentum would never be worth whatever profits could be collected by rushing. We recognise that lab testing can only go so far which is why we take Jed boards into the real world for live testing to try to push each component as far as it can go.
As part of our commitment to safety we recently brought on Paul Chivers, a risk management expert. Paul is building our risk management structure to ensure that our boards comply with international safety standards and also to set a new industry standard for safety. Paul will be guest blogging for us over the course of the coming weeks to give some insights into his process.
We are particularly proud of the Jed Drive - In testing our drivetrain, we've worked with a number of different materials. We've tested various treatments and lubricants from various suppliers to find the most optimal solutions.
Check out the gear in the picture above (middle of the top row) which had no treatment or lubricant applied to it before being run for over 1000km (+ 600 miles). The growing patches of oxidation visible on the gear’s surface reveals the wear from endurance testing. For comparison, the next gear (far right on the top row) had one treatment applied to it and used a different steel and the difference is visible to the naked eye.
We consulted with a number of experts in gear engineering and design to make the right decisions. After several iterations of material changes and treatments, we mastered the formula for the final gear going into the Jed drive (bottom row, far right).
Production and Shipping:
We’re excited to say that the remote is almost complete and that we are fabricating the first samples this week to polish the body to house our updated electronics. The lead time for tooling and preparing for fabrication is around 45-60 days which we anticipate starting in the coming weeks.
Speaking of tooling, we’ve been hard at work on the swappable enclosure. We’re finalising some changes to the battery system to ensure the cells, remote, and ESC communications meet our standards. Tooling the enclosure has taken a lot longer than we anticipated.
Inspired by the robust battery mechanisms on power tools, namely cordless drills, we’ve designed the enclosure to be inserted and removed thousands of times while enduring constant vibration and weathering. Because of the complexity of the parts and the machining tolerances we adhere to, we expect to start the final tooling in the coming weeks as well.
With these dates landing in the middle of Chinese New Year when factories close for two weeks, we’re expecting to ship the first Jeds around March. We understand the frustrations around delays, but we want to share the experience of riding the new standard of safety and reliability with you when its ready.