Did you know that electric bikes have been around since the late 1800s? There was even a patent for a mid-drive e-bike filed in1897. They’ve evolved significantly over the centuries, and it was only relatively recently that they’ve entered into their “modern phase.” The most recent major turning point—in 1995—was the drop in price of neodymium magnets, which gave the e-bikes a much-needed power boost.
Electric bikes as a mode of transportation in urban cores have just entered their primacy, and at SONDORS, we see how they provide much needed services and benefits to commuters and recreational e-bikers alike. Let’s take a look at a few of those perks.
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E-bikes have an ideal practical range for urban cores. Their “sweet spot” is for trips between six and 15 miles. Riders can go just about anywhere within downtown cores, with the power-assist helping on hills and longer stretches. E-bikes offer a very compelling cost-benefit argument vs. automobiles. Even taking into account the expense of replacing a battery, the cost difference is tremendous. Basically, electric bikes are about three times less expensive to operate than cars from a current fuel cost perspective.
Electric bikes are strong machines that allow for functional variety in city life. Food delivery, courier services, hauling small-wheeled loads, and even carrying small passengers can be accomplished with attachments and accessories to the bike frame. E-bikes can also bear a much higher load than scooters, lending themselves to hauling impressive trailers. Given the extra range and power-assist that an e-bike offers, it bodes well for families in urban cores using them for their daily needs. We know people experience undeniable health benefits through riding e-bikes. Studies on what electric bikes can do for our health are starting to hit their stride. The most notable being that e-bikes lower the “difficulty barrier” for people to engage in fun and regular exercise. Even a study published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology reported that people felt that riding e-bikes was exceptionally exciting. Taking on hills on a bike can be daunting even for the most fit among us, but the power assist from an e-bike lowers the energy output and makes riding more enjoyable. The thing is, we have to change our transportation needs if our cities are to remain relevant and vital. Our urban cores require solutions that address both diversity and density. Fortunately, e-bikes have the range to traverse the entirety of most urban cores, they’re cost-friendly, eco-friendly, and they provide an awesome way for almost anyone to engage in physical activity. Urban cores have a need for electric bikes. Riding them, in general, better connects riders to their communities, even in the densest of neighborhoods.
At SONDORS, we’re dedicated to transforming life as we know it. Welcome to the Electric Bike Revolution!
Ride well. Live well.