Electric bicycles, or e-bikes, are a subcategory of bicycles that use rechargeable batteries to allow for assisted pedaling. Electric bikes can be used as alternatives to traditional bicycles for transportation and recreation.
E-bikes are fitted with an electrical motor, battery pack, and charger. The electric drive system provides the necessary power to make pedalling easy, especially up hills, on longer rides, or against strong winds! No license or registration is required and no special equipment or training is needed.
Terms to Know
How far you can go on a single charge or how long it will take for a bike’s battery to be fully charged.
The maximum speed the bike can reach when fully charged and pedals are used at the same time. Typically ranges from 25 mph to 28 mph depending on the terrain and weight of the cyclist.
Some e-bikes use lithium ion batteries while others may use lead acid batteries.
Quick Facts - What are the benefits of electric bicycles?
There are many benefits to e-bikes:
Easier travel with less effort – Riding an e-bike is less strenuous and provides motor assistance while going uphill, making for easier travel.
Less expensive than a car or motorcycle – E-bikes cost significantly less than cars and motorcycles since they do not require fuel. You can save money by replacing your vehicle with an electric bicycle.
Electric bicycles are excellent for commuters who want to take advantage of their local bike trails and avoid heavy traffic during their trip.