Pip Permaculture Magazine

THE BUZZ ON E-BIKES

Electric bikes (e-bikes) may be the solution with their energy efficiency, the ease they offer in urban environments by eliminating parking and traffic jam issues, their lack of pollution, and their suitability for riders with compromised fitness or health.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

E-bikes are pedal bikes that have been modified or manufactured with an electric motor that is powered by a battery. Most electric bikes come with either a lithium-ion (Li-Ion) or a lithium polymer (LiPo) battery.

This battery assistance is commonly known as ‘electric-assist’ or ‘power-assist’, as they need pedal power to enable them. The electric motor augments whatever power you produce as you pedal, allowing you to go further and faster.

Some e-bikes have a throttle system, which with the press of a button propels you forward regardless whether you’re pedalling or not.

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