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.
- 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.