08 Nov '13, 8pm

5 interesting facts about electric-bikes

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 ). Flickr /CC BY 2.0 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 ph...

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