What is an e-bike?
- An e-bike is an environmentally friendly vehicle – a great alternative to the car in urban settings.
- An e-bike is equipped with a small electric engine with the power not exceeding 250 W and a rechargeable battery with a capacity from 7 to 24 Ah.
- An e-bike weighs 19-25 kg, therefore, if necessary, it can be carried up the stairs. With the development of technologies, the weight of an e-bike is continuously decreasing.
- Servicing and maintenance of an e-bike is similar to a normal bike.
How to ride an e-bike?
- To start riding an e-bike, one has to switch it on, choose the support level, and initiate movement using pedals.
- Electric engine assists depending on the strength and intensity of the pedalling.
- Once the destination is reached, an e-bike must be switched off and, if necessary, the battery should be charged.
- European Union regulation limits the maximum speed of riding with electric support to 25 km/h, after reaching that the engine shuts down. The power of the engine shall not exceed 250 W and electric support is provided only when pedalling.
- E-bikes can be used on the same bicycle paths as conventional bikes.
- E-bikes are subject to the same road traffic regulations that apply to conventional bikes.
How to charge an e-bike?
- To charge the battery of an e-bike, you need a normal electrical socket with voltage 220 V.
- On average an e-bike battery can be fully recharged within 2 to 3 hours.
- Electricity consumed by an e-bike to ride 100 km costs around 10 euro cents.
- Currently, the most convenient way to charge the battery is at home or at work. There are no public e-bike charging points in Latvia yet.
- The distance of around 70 km can be covered with a fully charged battery. If the distance from home to work and back is approximately 10 km, the battery should be recharged on average once per week.
- If battery power runs out on the way, the trip can be continued using pedals.
- The average battery life is around 1,000 charging cycles.
Why choose an e-bike?
- Riding an e-bike causes the same pleasant driving experience as riding a normal bicycle, except for the worries to run out of energy to reach the destination. Besides, the average speed of an e-bike is 24 km/h, but of an ordinary bicycle – 17 km/h.
- Using an e-bike is a non-expensive way of transportation – the consumed power costs around 0.10 euro per 100 km.
- E-bike is not vehicle for lazy people, because one has to pedal as well. If a rider wants a bigger physical effort, the engine can be switched off. Also, experience shows that an e-bike is used more frequently and for longer distances – therefore physical exercise will be similar to pedalling a conventional bicycle.
- E-bike makes it is easier riding in hilly areas, on sandy road surfaces, against strong wind or carrying heavy luggage.
- E-bike allows avoiding eternal city traffic jams and leaves no worries about finding a parking space in the city centre.
How much does an e-bike cost?
- A new e-bike costs from 800 to 3,000 euros.
- The cost of a used e-bike is lower: 600-800 euros.
- E-bikes can be purchased both in conventional bicycle stores and online bicycle stores, as well as from manufacturers.
- It has been scientifically proven that cycling is one of the physical activities that increases the level of happiness hormone in the body and prevents development of cardiovascular diseases.
- E-bikes are produced in Latvia (Liepaja) as well.
- Such celebrities as Miley Cyrus, Leonardo DiCaprio and Michelle Rodriguez have been seen riding an e-bike.
- E-bikes can be used in rainy weather as well, because all of its components are waterproof.