What is an Electric Bicycle？
An electric bicycle is essentially a bicycle that has an integrated electric motor that assists in propulsion. The main designs include conventional bicycles, scooters, or motorcycles. In most provinces/territories in Canada, electric bikes are treated equally as conventional bicycles. Another privilege of electric bike riders is that riding an electric bike generally do not require a license, insurance or registration.
There are 3 different types of electric bikes in the market, each of which differ based on the mode of electric assistance.
This type of electric bike is not equipped with a throttle and is driven purely by pedal-assist. The motor will provide assistance only when the rider is pedaling. When the pedaling ceases, the motor will stop providing assistance. Usually, the bike is equipped with a digital display and control buttons for the rider to adjust the pedal-assist level for varying riding conditions.
This type of bike can be commonly found among the mid-drive electric bikes. The Emmo OXE is an good example of the pure pedal-assist electric bikes.
For throttle-powered electric bikes, the motor output is solely controlled by the throttle. Push/twisting the throttle will activate the motor. This type of e-bike still comes with operable pedals as a conventional bicycle.
Most scooter and motorcycle style electric bikes are throttle-powered E-Bikes.
Combination of Pedal-Assist and Throttle
Most of bicycle style electric bikes have both pedal-assist and throttle. With both options available, the rider can enjoy the ultimate flexibility of adjusting the assistance levels for varying road conditions, as well as the ease brought by pure electric power.
The combination of pedal-assist and throttle power make longer rides less exhausting. You can as much exercise from pedaling as you want to. Then when you need a break, just relax and leave it to the throttle.
With the help of high capacity lithium battery, long adventures are more enjoyable.
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