Electric bikes or e-bikes are all the rage in Europe, and the trend is catching on in New Zealand. Statistics New Zealand show e-bikes imports rising from 1532 in 2013 to 13364 last year as commuters take to bikes that don’t require pedal power – even uphill. Battery powered e-bikes remain charged for approximately four hours and can reach speeds of 35km per hour.
However, not all e-bikes are created equal. Some have a throttle on the handlebar to give the lift of speed while on others speed is controlled with the pedals. Either way, it’s a faster and less tiring mode of transport than a standard bike…… more