Electric bikes are becoming more and more popular, but people naturally have a few questions as they try to better understand them. Here are some of the FAQs we hear most often about electric bikes (e-bikes).
What Is an Electric Bike?
An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor that can be used for propulsion. Many kinds of e-bikes are available worldwide, from e-bikes that only have a small motor to assist the rider's pedal-power to somewhat more powerful e-bikes which tend closer to moped-style functionality: all, however, retain the ability to be pedaled by the rider and are therefore not electric motorcycles. E-bikes are particularly popular in Asia but are also growing in use here in the U.S.
How Are E-Bikes Powered?
E-bikes use rechargeable batteries and the lighter ones can travel up to 25 to 32 km/h (16 to 20 mph), depending on local laws, while the more high-powered varieties can often do more than 45 km/h (28 mph).
Are E-Bikes the Same as Mopeds?
However, depending on local laws, many e-bikes are legally classified as bicycles rather than mopeds or motorcycles. This exempts them from the more stringent laws regarding the certification and operation of more powerful two-wheelers which are often classed as electric motorcycles. E-bikes can also be defined separately and treated under distinct Electric bicycle laws.
What Does an E-Bike Look Like?
Find an image of an e-bike and a description of its various parts at the following www.awesomeebikesonline.com/collections/info-on-e-bikes.
How Long Have E-Bikes Been Around?
Believe it or not, electric bikes were documented within various U.S. patents as early as the 1890s. For example, on December 31, 1895, Ogden Bolton Jr. was granted U.S. Patent 552,271 for a battery-powered bicycle with "6-pole brush-and-commutator direct current (DC) hub motor mounted in the rear wheel". There were no gears and the motor could draw up to 100 amperes (A) from a 10-volt battery.
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