Is an electric bicycle similar to a moped – noisy and fast? Not at all. An electric bicycle is much more similar to a “regular” bicycle than it is to a moped or a scooter. It looks like a bike. It feels like a bike. You can pedal it, just as you would with a regular bike. The main difference lies in the integrated and virtually silent electrical system, composed of a motor, battery, and controller. The electrical system is simply there to provide you with support, as needed. This comes in the form of pedal-assist (where the motor kicks in depending on how hard you’re pedaling) or a throttle-only mode (where you turn the throttle and allow the motor to take over). Like a "regular" bicycle, the top speed you can reach depends on the terrain, but the motor assist can reach up to 20 mph on a level surface. Unlike a moped or a scooter, electric bikes are:
- Lightweight - The battery and motor only add about 16 pounds to the regular weight of the bike. Overall, an electric bike will generally be 2-3 times lighter than a moped or a scooter.
- Virtually silent – The motor kicks in with nothing more than a gentle hum.
- More versatile – You can ride it as a regular bike, get assistance while pedaling, or engage the motor fully. It’s your choice!
- Almost Maintenance-Free - no oil changes, no mechanics! Regular bike maintenance is all you really need.