The buzz about electric bikes
Electric bikes are big business.
Particularly popular throughout Europe, electric bikes are a great substitute for personal motorised transport; they help reduce carbon emissions as well as being great for health and fitness.
And for Australians – electric bikes are only becoming increasingly popular! They’re a great option for commuting, giving you the flexibility and freedom to go your own way, or literally turn on the power and get to your destination that much faster.
So what are electric bikes, exactly? They essentially fall into one of two categories:
Power assisted pedal bikes
- Can have an auxillary motor of 200-watts (.26 horsepower)
- Can have a throttle which operates to the motor’s maximum speed (which is usually 25/30 kph)
- A pedal assist system cuts in the motor when pedalling
- This is a separate category of bike to the above (i.e. this is not in addition to the above category)
- Must have an auxiliary power that does NOT exceed 250-watts
- Must have a throttle start-up mode that cuts out at 6kph or before
- Has power assistance whilst pedalling up to a speed of 25kph
- Does NOT have power assistance once the speed goes beyond 25kph (or the rider stops pedalling)
In some countries electric bikes are classified as vehicles and need to be registered. Although most Australian states do not define an electric/power assisted bike as a motor vehcile, be sure to check your state specific legislation regarding registration, bike capacity and whether you need to be licensed. Your electric bike retailer will be able to guide you with regards to local legislation.
Characteristics of Electric Bikes:
- Has a motor and battery
- Can be pedaled like a regular bike
- Regular bikes can be fitted with an electric bike kit
- Can reach speeds around 30km/h
- Average battery life is around 40km
Power Assisted Electric Bikes:
For some time electric/motorised bikes where quite primitive in design functionally similar to small motorcycles that had throttles some times even running on fossil fuels. In recent years many of the worlds leading electric bike manufacturers have designed more efficient electric motors and batteries that really make the change of lifestyle to an electric bike possible for the boarder community.
The new standard of electric bikes is what is called "power assisted" electric bike, various manufacturers have their own versions of this system but as a whole the overall performance of power assisted bikes is astonishing. Instead of a throttle or an on/off switch, power assisted bikes increase the power of each pedal stroke seamlessly allowing for much easier pedaling as well as markedly faster.
The further development of power assisted technology has lead to a frenzy of possibilities particularly in electric bicycle design. Some of the highlights are; hub powered electric bikes which in turn has allowed in-frame motors and batteries. Advances in battery and motor maintenance, longevity, output and durability and light weight components.
Electric Bike Brands
Electric bikes are becoming increasingly popular in part due to rising petrol prices and wider environmental footprint recognition. Electric bike brands are constantly developing new technologies to power the bike at higher speeds for longer distances whilst being functional and reliable. See the list bellow for popular brand electric bike brand choices.
- Click to Search for BH Electric Bikes.
- Click to Search for Apollo Electric Bikes.
- Click to Search for Power Ped Electric Bikes.
- Click to Search for Gazelle Electric Bikes.
- Click to Search for Pedego Electric Bikes, Electric Bikes.
- Click to Search for Lancaster Electric Bikes.
- Click to Search for eZee Electric Bikes.