Cycling is simple, fun and economical. It is pro-health, environment-friendly and one of world’s most favourite mode of transportation. Although it offers so many benefits, it is not for everyone. Elderly persons, people who have health issues, people who want to commute long distances, people who tackle rough terrains and those who carry heavy loads find it difficult to take up cycling. This is where the electric bicycles came in to revolutionise the cycling world. An electric bicycle comes with an electric motor that offers additional assistance while pedalling, making cycling more enjoyable.
Electric bicycles have evolved over the years since their advent in the 1800s. Today, there are many types available in the market. You can choose your pick based on your needs and purpose. Read our electric bicycle buying guide to understand better.
Types of electric bicycles:
An electric bicycle in addition to the regular parts of a cycle, has a motor, battery, controllers and a display unit. Based on their functionality, there are two types of electric bicycles – pedal assist and power-on-demand types.
If you need some extra power while pedalling, yet enjoy the benefits of cycling, a pedal-assist electric bicycle is your type. The pedal assist is engaged automatically while you start pedalling. Power-on-demand or throttle type bicycle on the other hand, is just like a motorbike or scooter – pull the throttle and you can ride without pedalling. In many areas, throttle controlled bicycles are not allowed or are more regulated due to the restricted speed limits. Read our article on the regulations for electric bicycles in India.
Why electric bicycles?
There are many reasons why you should consider buying an electric bicycle. With the changing road scenes, in them being crowded and tiresome, and with the increasingly sedentary lifestyles that we lead, electric bicycles have the potential to be the future of transportation that can bring a positive impact on our lifestyles as well.
Although slightly expensive, electric bikes are life changing and looking at the macro factors, they are here to last.
Improved Health and Exercise Time:
The human body is designed to move. We need at least 150 minutes of exercise every week. With our desk jobs these days, most of us lead sedentary lifestyles. A sedentary lifestyle is associated with many diseases – heart diseases, obesity, depression, anxiety, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol level increase, increased risk of certain types of cancer, back pain etc.
If cycling on regular bicycles sounds daunting for many, electric bicycles can solve that problem by making it easier to ride and giving the necessary exercise. Electric bicycles can be a fun way to ditch our sedentary lifestyles and become healthy.
Longer, sweat-free commutes without getting exhausted
There are many people out there who want to be eco-warriors and shift to cycling for their daily commute. But in a tropical country like India, cycling is a nightmare for many owing to the sweat and exhaustion. Electric bicycles can solve this problem. You can engage the pedal-assist and ride longer distances, sweat and exhaustion free.
Transforming urban mobility
Electric vehicles are going to be the future of transportation wherein electric bicycles have the potential to transform urban mobility. With the increasing congestion on the roads and excessive pollution, daily commute in urban areas are becoming increasingly difficult and frustrating. While automobile companies are working on bringing electric cars to the market, electric bicycles are slowly creating a revolution in urban mobility. Read our article electric bicycles vs other electric vehicles.
We all know that necessity is the mother of all inventions. Electric bicycles are an answer to all the raging questions of commute – traffic, pollution, sedentary lifestyles. They are an environment-friendly alternative. If their batteries can be charged through renewable energy and better methods of battery disposal are adopted, they are our answer to a cleaner future.
Cycling for everyone
Electric bicycles are for everyone. Cycling is a fun activity. Sadly, a lot of people are not able to enjoy its benefits due to age factors or health reasons. Electric bicycles are here to change that. The pedal-assist feature makes the rides fun and easy and at the same time provides the health benefits too.
Cycling is fun
Last but not the least, cycling is an incredibly fun thing to do. Electric bicycles ensure that everyone can enjoy cycling. Do we need a better reason than this to switch over to an electric bicycle?