1 eBikes and eMTB
1.1 What’s the point of an eBike or Electric Bike ?
Electric bikes add power to your pedal power enabling you to do more with a bicycle and have more fun! For many people eBikes help them:
Ride faster when compared to a conventional bike.You may be surprised how quickly you can get around even compared to a car. With an eBike you can avoid traffic using bike routes and offroad routes which would be more challenging , maintain a higher average speed than a conventional bike, and then park (for free) extremely close to where you are going.
Enjoy the new sport of eMTB (electric mountain biking with the freedom to tackle the most difficult terrain.
Enjoy riding uphill and into headwinds because the electric assist helps you along.
Don’t sweat it; ride with higher assist to get to work or enjoy your eMTB ride quickly and in less time whilst still get a great workout.
Safety. Safely get through traffic by being able to accelerate quickly from a stop.
Save the joints. eBikes can make bike riding fun again by making putting less pressure on knees, hips, and other joints.
Enjoy the ride together. You may have a riding partner that rides at a different speed than you. An eBike can even out the pace for both of you.
Have more fun! Riding a bicycle is already fun and when you add electric assist it becomes even more fun. Notice how many people come back from an eBike test ride with a huge smile on their face!
1.2 How much does it cost to charge the battery?
In general it will cost no more than 10 pence to charge an electric bike battery pack. This will depend on what your electricity supplier charges and the size of the battery.
1.3 Can I charge the battery by pedaling?
Not on any of the Bosch, Shimano or Yamaha drive units.
1.4 Can you get any exercise on an electric bike?
Absolutely! You decide how much exercise you want to get by adjusting the power assist level on the bike.
1.5 How much do they weigh?
Generally electric bikes range from 15kg pounds to 25kg. Of course there are the exceptions on both sides of that range.
1.6 How long does it take to charge the battery?
Most electric bike batteries will fully charge from empty in 2 to 4 hours depending on the battery size.
1.7 How much power do they have?
Generally electric bikes in the UK will range from 250 watts to 350 watts depending on model.
1.8 How fast can they go?
Most electric bikes will give you pedal assistance up to 15.5 mph. There are some, called speed pedelecs, that will assist you up to 28 mph, but you need to be providing a significant amount of your own pedal power to get to that top speed and you will need to have an AM licence, helmet as its classed as electric morotcyle so your will need to have it taxed and insured, the good news the tax is free as its electric
1.9 How far can they go?
Most electric bikes have a range of 30-80 miles and that depends on the riding conditions (hills, headwinds, etc.), how much pedal power you are providing, and how much weight you are moving (yourself + cargo). You can get eBikes with more range (up to 150 miles) with duel battery applications.
1.10 What is the service life of the battery ?
This all depends on the manufacturers and if you take all the relevant precautions for battery life, but BOSCH will warrant a new batteries for 2 years or 500 full charge cycles. However after 8 years they expect the battery to still have 80% charge capacity.