What Is An E-Bike?
An Electric bike is typically a bicycle with motor in it. It is also referred to as an e-bike or electric scooter. The eclectic bike can reach speeds up to 24-34km/hr (15 to 20 miles /hour) depending on the motor and laws of the country. Many countries have law restrictions against speedy e-bikes which makes it illegal to sell e-bikes that go past certain speed. Electric scooters are substantially cheaper than regular motorcycles. They are also a lot cheaper to maintain and to drive.
Electric bikes fall into a different category of vehicles than motorcycles. In countries like Canada and United States e-bikes are treated like bicycle (they are even allowed in bicycle lanes) which mean that the rider doesn’t need insurance or drivers license to ride one. There could be some age and license restrictions depending on the State or the Province. All States and/or Provinces require riders to wear a helmet for safety purposes.
Electric bikes are battery operated which makes them very ecologically friendly and affordable. With gas price rising and global warming around the corner e-bikes make great transportation alternative. They are easy to operate, safe and most important of all don’t require gasoline. They are smaller and lighter than average motorcycle which makes them perfect for urban areas.
In many markets all over the world e-bikes are replacing regular bikes and motorcycles. The difference between the electric scooter and the bicycle is of course that e-bikes have motors in them. The difference between motorcycles and electric scooters is that electric scooters’ motors are battery powered. E-bikes are also required to have pedals for manual use where motorcycles do not. That means even when battery charge is low there are pedals to get rider home safely.
Most of electric scooters have safety key feature which protects it from being stolen and imposes safety.
Electric bikes are typically affordable. The price may weary from US$500 to US$3,500. E-bikes are a lot cheaper than motorcycle especially if you take into account that electric scooters are also more cost efficient on maintenance.
In many countries around the world e-bikes outnumber regular bikes and motorcycles on the roads as they are cheaper and more convenient way of transportation. In countries like China and India sales numbers for electric bikes double almost every year where motorcycle sales drop. Western countries such as Canada and United States has recently discovered benefits of e-bikes and now are in the process of implementing rules and regulations to increase number of electric bike users.