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Electric Bike Selection

What is an E-bike?

Electric bikes provide a convenient mode of transportation for busy adults who are towing a buggy full of children or picking up a few grocery items. E-Bikes look and feel just like traditional bicycles, with a key difference (PUN INTENDED) being they include an electric motor and battery for more power & less exertion on the body. That means you can easily ride up hill, keep up with traffic, even increase the haul.

The economic advantages of owning an e-bike. The annual cost of running a new family car is, on average, about $9,000 per year. Running an electric bike costs around $400 per year. A full gas tank costs around $30, recharging an electric bike battery costs only about 50 cents. A tank of gas may get you further, but not 60 times further!

TWO MAIN TYPES

  • PEDAL ASSIST: Pedal assist bikes turn on the motor when the rider pedals.
  • THROTTLES: Throttles turn on the motor to propel the bike even when the rider does not pedal.

ATTRIBUTES

  • Electric motors - The variations are endless. Typically a powerful hub motor, will range from 350 to 500 watts, but there are options up to 4000 watts! (not legally or for bicycles)
  • Charging the battery - Most e-bike batteries are equipped with with Lithium-ion cells and will recharge from any outlet
  • Handlebar controls - turn your bike on and off, choose level of pedal assist; plus throttle
  • Display - shows you how fast you're going, your current level of pedal assist, and much more.

Electric Bike Laws and Regulations

In California, bikes are sorted into three classifications based off of top speeds and whether pedaling is a necessary function of the ride. Our graphic above specifies which attributes determine each class.

 

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