You probably heard the hype about electric bikes (also know as e-bikes or electric scooters). So what is an electric bike? Well it's basically a bicycle with motor attached to run the vehicle. The motor is electric and battery operated since the name electric bike, e-bike or electric scooter. E-bikes are a new concept to people living in Western countries even though electric scooters are very popular in countries such as India and China. The first attempts to put motor on the bicycle date as far back as 1860s in Paris. Modern e-bikes look nothing like their grand ancestors but the concept and the idea behind them still remains the same. They are made for convenience and pleasure of the rider.
So what are the benefits of using this new way of transportation, e-bike?
E-bikes do not require their riders to purchase insurance or to get a drivers' license. This make e-bikes perfect for students or people with suspended drivers' license (wearing a helmet is required at all times).
Electric bikes are very affordable to purchase as well as to ride. The prices for e-bikes can be anywhere between US $ 700.00- $ 3500.00. The maintenance is very easy. E-bikes do not require oil changes and / or expensive engine checks which saves a lot of money and hassle of visiting mechanics shop. E-bikes do not require insurance which makes electric scooters a lot cheaper to operate. The parts as well as the repairs of electric bikes are cheaper than average motorcycle or vehicle repairs (that is of course if you need any repairs, e-bikes are build to last). Most of the parts are available online and most of the basic repairs could have been made by the riders themselves. E-bikes are battery operated which helps users save a lot of money on fuel, not to mention the positive electric bikes have on the environment. Green house effect caused by emission from our vehicles is one of the leading causes of global warming.
Electric scooters are classified as regular bicycles and are allowed in the bicycle lanes. Being allowed in the bicycle lane also saves its users a lot of time.
The Electric scooters compact and light design makes them perfect for high traffic urban areas. Riders will not have to worry about finding a parking space or storage.
E-bikes are a great alternative to traditional transportation, especially for those who live in high traffic urban areas.