You probably heard the hype about electric bikes (also known as e-bikes or electric scooters). So what is an electric bike? Well, it’s a bicycle with a motor attached to run the vehicle. The motor is electric and battery operated hence 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 a motor on the bicycle date as far back as the 1860s in Paris. Modern e-bikes look nothing like their grand ancestors but the concept and the idea behind them remain the same. They are made for the convenience and pleasure of the rider.
So what are the benefits of using this new way of transportation, the e-bike?
E-bikes do not require their riders to purchase insurance or to get a driver’s license. This makes e-bikes perfect for students or people with suspended driver’s licenses (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 the 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 the hassle of visiting mechanics’ shops. 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 or build your own electric bicycle are cheaper than an average motorcycle or vehicle repairs.
Most of the parts are available online and most of the basic repairs could be done by the riders themselves. E-bikes are battery-operated which helps users save a lot of money on fuel, not to mention the positive impact electric bikes have on the environment. The greenhouse effect caused by emissions from our vehicles is one of the leading causes of global warming.
Considering the situation between traditional bicycles and motorbikes, electric bikes fall into the central category. Electric bikes are enjoyable both ways. So, there arises a question that is you need a license to drive them or not? As it seems a substitution product for traditional bikes people should assent for a license. However, you don’t need any license to drive these new recast models. But there might be some restrictions on driving them. The laws that apply to scooters might apply to them. To know about this you need to search for the associated laws in your region.
Before you buy your dream Hovsco bike, you should always check your driving license first. It is worth checking because some countries like the USA, and Canada have applied EPAC to govern their situations and maintain the manufacturing standards.
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 scooter’s compact and light design makes them perfect for high-traffic urban areas. Riders won’t 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.