What’s an eBike?
What’s an ebike… An electric bicycle or ebike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion.
There are a great variety of different types of ebikes available worldwide. You can get ebikes that only have a small motor to assist the rider’s pedal-power (i.e. peddles). Ranging to somewhat more powerful ebikes which tend closer to moped-style functionality.
All, however, retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider and are therefore not electric motorcycles.
In some markets, such as Germany they are gaining in popularity and taking some market share away from conventional bicycles.
In China eBikes are replacing fossil fuel powered mopeds and small motorcycles.
Depending on local laws, many ebikes (e.g. pedelecs) are legally classified as bicycles rather than mopeds or motorcycles. They are not subject to the more stringent laws regarding their certification and operation.
Unlike more powerful two-wheelers which are often classed as electric motorcycles. Ebikes can also be defined separately. They are treated as a specific vehicle type in many areas of legal jurisdiction.
Ebikes are the electric motor-powered versions of motorised bicycles. They have been around since the late 19th century.