An electric bicycle is a standard bicycle with a motor attached to the pedals and powered by a battery. Many people are considering alternative forms of transportation due to stress on finances and concerns about the environment. The ebike is quickly replacing the automobile in many countries due to the need to conserve fuel and improve the environment. There is no need for a driver's license, insurance and registration in most locations. Before operating an ebike, check with local officials to be sure.
Because the electric bike is powered by a battery, there are no poisonous gases released into the air and few fragments from tires littering the roadways. The battery can be a lithium ion battery which is friendly to the environment and uses very little electricity to recharge. The average life is 2 to 3 years with 300 charges which will power the electric bicycle for about 10,000 miles. In the total time and distance an electric bicycle travels 500 miles; it saves 25 gallons of gasoline. The battery can last longer when only used for climbing hills and when the trip is too long for the exhausted cyclist.
The commuter can save time and money by commuting to work and riding stress-free by traffic jams and yet arrive to work without needing a shower due to the power provided to the pedals. Maximum speed allowed in most locations is 20 miles per hour on a flat surface, but with the time saved stranded in traffic, the cyclist can arrive to work before those choosing to drive.
Other countries such as the overpopulated China are turning to electric bicycles which are far outselling automobiles. Automobile sales totaled 9.4 million while electric bikes pedaled off the shelves to the rate of 21 million last year. China has four times as many eco-friendly ebikes as cars. There has been a great deal of improvement in the air quality since the advent of the eco-friendly electric bicycle which has also improved the economy of the country. The Chinese government has taken notice and offered support and encouragement for these forms of alternative transportation.
The Philippines is another highly profiled country in support of ebikes. Government officials are promoting the sale of the eco-friendly electric bicycle by purchasing them and using them. The Philippines also has a huge pollution problem due to the population explosion there. The electric bicycle is the perfect solution since it does not burn gasoline to further pollute the air with noxious fumes and noise.
It is predicted that more and more people the world over will discover the advantages of the electric bike and save money and the air quality of the world.