With that, let us take a motor-assisted spin.
36.8 million: These were the estimated e-bike sales in China in 2015
40.1 million: Assessed total global e-bikes sales in 2015
2 million: Projected e-bike sales in Europe in 2015
37%: Percentage of China’s lead-acid battery market fervent to e-bikes in 2011
5,100 miles in 34 days: The Guinness World Record for an e-biking set in the US in 2016
91%: Percentage of North American e-bike proprietors who ride daily or weekly
$1,000–$6,000: Series of prices on Prevalent Mechanics’ best e-bikes list
0.1%: The fraction of energy disbursed by an e-bike in comparison to a small electric car
10 volts: The size of the battery that motorized the first patented e-bike, in 1895 Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch
How E-bikes Work
How to Ride an E-Bike
1895: The well-known Ohio inventor Ogden Bolton Jr. is contracted US patent #552271A for an “electric bicycle.” It includes a battery suspended from the bike frame.
1897: Humber, a motorcycle company, generates an electric tandem bike.
1932: Electronics company Philips and bike company Simplex team up to develop the first commercial e-bike.
1991: The development of a commercial, rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers the lightweight power that e-bikes require to take off.
1993: Yamaha creates the first mass-producible mid-drive e-bike, which is also known as a crank-drive, this style of e-bike powers the bike through the chain drive, instead of sitting directly on the wheel.
2002: US Congress outlines the low-speed electric bicycle as a “two- or three-wheeled vehicle with wholly operational pedals and an electric motor of fewer than 750 watts.” The maximum speed permitted without pedaling is 20 mph.
2018: Start-ups like Lime and Jump set up fleets of shared electric bicycles across US cities. Upon observing the potential, ride-hail company Uber purchases Jump and partners with Lime.
The Hot Question
So, How Far Will This Whole E-Bike Trend Go?
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