Bicycles powered by an electric motor, typically dubbed e-bikes, are becoming more popular in the United States. An alternative mode of transportation that opens the door to riding but for a much large portion of the population.
The idea of less cars on the street, and more people receiving some cardiovascular exercise, is something that should be embraced. I discussed how the e-bike market has increased eight-fold in the past four years, with yearly sales quickly approaching $100 million per year.
Natural appeal to consumers
As explained by Dave Hull, owner at North Pennies Electric Bike Hire UK, while speaking to The Telegraph:
”E-bikes give people the confidence to explore more, rather than be exhausted after 20 minutes and go home. Before you know it, you’ve done 50 miles and been out for hours.”
Powering E-bikes – Motors and Batteries
Industry transition from inefficient batteries that were eco-disasters towards lithium ion has made a significant impact. Future generations of batteries will include heart rate monitoring technology, anti-theft functionality, and better adaptive abilities – and other features are currently being explored.
In San Francisco, for example, there are frequent sudden changes in elevation changes that put a true sting on the legs. Nonetheless, the addition of pedal assistance greatly expands possible owner demographics, and able to help decrease the number of cars causing gridlock every day.
Growing popularity of electric vehicles – and bikes – continue to bring additional motor and battery manufacturers into the fray. When it comes to e-bikes, you’ll likely see these four companies listed the most: Bosh, Brose, Shimano, and Yamaha.
Overall, prospective buyers tend to rightfully show concern in regards to e-bike battery range. Riders typicaly utilize up to five different levels of ride assist, typically providing 25% to 200% performance boost.
E-bikes make riding easier on your body: If you enjoy the experience, maybe an extra bike besides the e-bike is in a rider’s future.
Modify: Riders have control of power and pedal-assist, so if you’re tired from a workout? That’s okay, boost the power and cruise the rest of your way home.
Fantastic method to get out of the car: still commute effectively to work or school.
Price tag: E-bikes are pricey. Also, the battery and motor require sometimes costly components.
Maintenance: The upkeep for an e-bike isn’t as simple as a traditional road or mountain bike. Be prepared to pay for maintenance – and less shops willing to service the bike… at least for now.
Weight: The motor and battery certainly add weight when compared to a regular road or mountain bike.
E-bikes aren’t going away. Expect to see more riders on electric bikes in the future, as local and state laws begin to adapt to these new modes of transportation take shape. If more people are leaving their car keys on the counter, and riding an e-bike to commute, as barriers break down to usher in new cyclists.