While electric bicycles, also known as e-bikes, are well established in other parts of the world, they’ve taken much longer to catch on with consumers in the U.S. However, it seems the concept of hybrid bikes is finally starting to resonate with American audiences. According to The Washington Post, e-bikes have become so popular that cites are now being forced to revise existing laws that limit or restrict their use.
The reason for the electric bicycle’s new-found popularity isn’t hard to figure out – especially among urban dwellers who are anxious to avoid congested roads as well as crowded, unreliable public transportation. E-bikes combine the best aspects of traditional bicycles (low-cost, low-maintenance, etc.) with the speed and convenience of a motorized vehicle, when needed. The end result is a quick, affordable, environmentally-friendly mode of transportation that also promotes exercise and healthy living.
So if you’re interested in joining the ever-growing number of e-bike owners, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite brands. Take a look at our picks, and we’re sure you’ll find an option that’s right for you.
Elby bills its line of electric bicycles as “incredibly designed and innovative e-mobility solutions” which are “fun,” “functional,” and “future-proof.” This description is particularly apt for their wildly popular 9-Speed Electric Bike. It can reach speeds of up to 20 mph while in electric assist mode, and can travel up to 80 miles on a single charge. It also features enhanced safety features such as Tektro hydraulic brakes, and a high quality aluminum-molded frame. Best of all, its user-friendly, confidence-inspiring design is also environmentally friendly.
The stated mission of Ecotric is to use their impressive line of energy-efficient e-bikes to promote “freedom, exercise, and healthy lifestyle,” as well as to create “harmony between man and nature” by reducing humanity’s dependence on fossil fuels. And in order to help achieve that lofty goal, the company offers a 30-day at-home trial to incentivize potential customers to go electric. If you’re not 100-percent happy with your purchase, you can return it for a refund (there may be a restocking fee) or exchange it for another bike. They also offer up to six months of zero-percent financing though PayPal Credit.
Bintelli Bicycles has been in the powersports business for over 16 years. So it’s safe to say they know a thing or two about recognizing the needs of their customers. It’s this hands-on experience that led them to design their own brand of e-bikes with a focus on building “the best product possible.” The company offers a wide selection of bikes that will arrive 95-percent assembled in a fully enclosed cardboard crate, which helps save time and minimizes the risk of missing parts. Within minutes of its arrival, you’ll be up and running on your Bintelli e-bike, and you’ll experience first hand how the Bintelli brand “sets itself above the rest.”
Given all the tangible benefits of using an e-bike, it’s not hard to understand why they’ve recently become so popular. The only real mystery is why it took so long for them to catch on.
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