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5 interesting facts about electric-bikes

John MacArthur at the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) has publish an interesting presentation on electric bicycles (aka e-bikes), which I found thanks to Michael Andersen at BikePortland. It highlights many interesting facts about this hyper-green human-electric hybrid mode of transportation, and I’d like to share the highlights with you below (but you can check out the whole thing here ).

1) Converting a bike to an e-bike is slightly more common than buying an e-bike from scratch . 48 percent of e-bike users purchased an e-bike, whereas 52 percent converted a standard bike (most commonly a mountain bike, but 13 percent of them a cargo bike or Xtracycle) by adding a battery and motor.

That’s an interesting stats. I expected conversions to be a lower ratio. This might be a sign that e-bikes are still in the early adopter phase in the US, as these tend to be a bit more dedicated and ready to make a project out of things than mainstream buyers.

My guess is that over time, the ratio will go lower for conversions, but that’s not necessarily bad; what matters is that people are riding their bikes more.

2) E-Bike conversions are usually cheaper than purchases, but not always . 70 percent of e-bike conversions and 46 percent of e-bike purchases were done for $1500 or less.

3) E-bike trips seem especially good at replacing car trips . The most common reason to go electric was to replace some car trips, though health, ability and comfort were also common reasons people took up e-bikes.

Obviously, replacing car trips is the greenest way to use a bike. It might not always be possible in more rural areas, but in dense cities, it should definitely be encouraged, and e-bikes make that easier.

4) E-bikes turn people into daily riders . 55 percent of e-bikers rode their standard bike weekly or daily before the purchase. After the purchase, weekly or daily biking rose to 93 percent. Even the few (6%) who had never ridden bikes as an … were now riding weekly or daily.

Another great benefit of e-bikes! If you like biking, but don’t ride as much as you feel you should, make you just need the little extra help that an e-bike could provide. Give it a try!

5) The biggest complaint with e-bikes is their weight . About 26 percent of respondents called it the main downside. (Another 8 percent, meanwhile, said there was no downside to riding an e-bike.) Fewer than 5 percent cited fear of theft or battery charging time.

This should get better over time as battery technology improves. But some e-bikes are definitely lighter than others, so if that’s important to you, make sure to look at the specs of each model.

Here’s a Fully Charged episode from last year looking at a few electric bikes:

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