Electric bikes grow in popularity around the World

Perhaps you can’t afford a Tesla, but you’d still like to avoid high gas prices and polluting the atmosphere. Then you should consider another kind of electric vehicle that’s been gaining momentum worldwide: the e-bike.

An e-bike (short for electric bicycle) is essentially a standard bicycle fitted with an ingeniously integrated propulsion system consisting of a mini electric motor powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

The majority of e-bikes are pedal-assist models — meaning that the motor helps the rider pedal depending on the level of assistance desired. Simply tap the handlebar-mounted throttle button and a tiny computer signals the motor to provide varying amounts of pedal power.

Most e-bikes can achieve speeds of up to 20 miles per hour and, depending on the weight of the cyclist and the terrain, can travel from 20 to 70 miles on a single charge. Batteries can be removed easily, plugged into a regular home outlet and charged in about three hours.

 

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