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It’s not very often something comes along that has the potential to change the way we do things on a daily basis. But there is a quiet revolution going on at the moment, and it’s changing the way many of us commute, to work, the shops, local errands, etc, or just going out and enjoying the outdoors.
This new mode of transport that people are embracing is the electric bicycle. You could call it the green revolution, because electric bicycles are environmentally friendly, as they have zero carbon emissions. All you have to do is re-charge the battery, which normally takes four to six hours, and away you go. Most have a range of around 30 kilometres or so, which is more than enough for local commutes.
Most electric bicycles are made in China, where they have evolved over many years, providing the local population with a cheap form of transport as a commuting vehicle to work, etc. Electric bikes in China resemble scooter type machines, and are a functional necessity for many people to get around.
Bikes manufactured in China for the European, American and Australasian market, should be purpose designed for that target market and local conditions, and approved by the relevant regulatory bodies in that country. Legal requirements differ from country to country regarding electric bikes. For instance, in Australia an electric bicycle’s motor must not exceed 200 watt, and have usable pedals for it to be classed as a bicycle, thus avoiding the need for a licence or registration.
It’s best to choose a bike that can be ridden in different modes, for instance as a normal bike using pedal power, power assist, a combination of motor power, and pedal power, and ebike, using the throttle for power. This gives you the best of all worlds, as you can change the mode depending on how you feel at the time. If you’re feeling energetic you can ride with pedal power, if you want to take it easy you’ll want some power assistance and ride in PAS mode, or you might just need a spurt of power and choose ebike mode. One of the main benefits of an electric bike is that you can enjoy the journey and arrive at your destination without feeling hot and sweaty, so they’re perfect for commuting to work.
A major consideration is the weight of the bike. You’ll want to choose one as light as possible and as portable as possible if commuting is your main aim. Aluminium alloy is obviously much lighter than steel. Also, the battery is going to have a major impact on the total weight. The latest technology is in lithium ion batteries, which are much lighter and smaller than lead acid batteries and have a longer battery life.
A folding bike opens up so many more options, due to its increased portability. Many can be folded in seconds, and easily transported in the boot of the car. Or you could ride to work, fold the bike, and then take it into the office, awaiting your return journey home.
So, why not join the commuting revolution, and save money on your daily commutes whilst doing your bit for the environment.
If you would like more information on electric folding bicycles for commuting, check out http://www.ezycommuter.com.au/.