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3 Challenges Facing Electric Bikes and the First-mile-last-mile Problem

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BY ARMANDO ROGGIO / LEAVE A COMMENT Personal electric bikes could help public transit systems manage the first-mile-last-mile problem, encouraging ridership and lowering mass transit costs. But like many possible solutions to this problem, electric bikes still face challenges. If privately-owned electric bikes are to impact the first-mile-last-mile (FMLM) transit problem, communities must address infrastructure, transport, and storage. What is the FMLM Transit Problem? Few homes are built directly next to a light rail line. This is especially true in relatively less dense areas. So if a commuter wants to get from home to work using public transportation, he or she needs to...

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Everything you need to know about Electric Bicycles

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June 17, 2020 By AltRiders Electric bikes (or e-bikes as they are often known) are the more inclusive, more versatile version of the regular bicycle. If you’ve never seen or ridden an electric bike, picture a normal bike, and add a motor, battery, as well as a throttle or pedal-assist mechanism. The result is a bike that uses battery power to help you travel further and faster. E-bikes travel on average 2 – 3 mph faster when compared to mechanical bikes, and people tend to travel further on e-bikes. Some e-bikes can carry riders without any pedalling and are controlled through a throttle, while others use pedal-assist to engage the motor....

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E-bikes are wooing Americans

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Electric bike sales in Europe have shown double-digit growth, with sales in the Netherlands surging by 24%. It’s estimated that about 350,000 electric bicycles were sold to customers in the United States in 2015. While an impressive figure, it’s merely a fraction of the 17.4M total bikes sold. What is this new category of bikes and why should you pay attention to them? What are e-bikes and why are they becoming popular in the U.S.? An e-bike, also known as electric assisted bicycle, is a type of bicycle that has an electric motor. The motor is used for either assisting...

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Regen braking on eBikes – is it worth it?

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People often assume that an electric bicycle will have regenerative braking, or that it will charge up as you pedal. Both assumptions are incorrect, and in this blog post we explain to you why. “Does it charge as you pedal?” This is a question frequently asked about electric bikes. The simple and quick answer is no – there is virtually no point charging the battery with your pedal power, because you would be taking away some of your leg power from pushing you forward, to convert it into battery energy (losing some in the process), to then convert it back into mechanical power...

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How to choose an electric bike

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Questions to ask yourself and your local electric bike shop if you’re looking to purchase an e-bike. This guide has been written by the Electric Transport Shop.   Introduction So you’ve found the wonderful Pedelecs site and forum. This is good. It means you’re doing the right kind of research into your new electric bike before you part with a fairly large chunk of your hard earned. No doubt you’ve also googled every permutation of e-bike/electric bike/pedal assist bicycle and followed every thread back and forth about pedelec vs. throttle control, front wheel drive vs. rear wheel drive and brushed...

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