Electric bikes or power assisted bikes are bikes that have an electric motor to assist pedaling/movement. Electric bikes vary greatly in terms of how far and how fast they can travel. The difference between power assisted bikes and electric bikes is that electric bikes are act like a motorbike with a throttle and can move without pedaling where as power assisted bikes only assist the rider whilst they are pedaling. There are a range of different electric bike styles from flat bar road bikes to mountain bikes.
In a growing society that is consciously more aware of the need to be environmentally friendly, the popularity of electric bikes has grown exponentially particularly in European countries. Electric bikes or "E-Bikes" as some have taken to calling them are a great substitute for personal motorised transport that helps to reduce carbon emissions as well as being great for health and fitness.
In some countries electric bikes are classified as vehicles and need to be registered, most Australian states do not require you to register an electric/power assisted bike. Be sure to check your state specific legislation regarding registration, bike capacity and whether you need to be licensed.
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.
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