Electric bicycles continue to make a headway into the U.S. market, with the general public still interested in this newer mode of transportation. With growth both in the United States and abroad, more and more people are trying out electric bicycles as a valid form of transportation.
The Appeal of Electric Wheels
With the 66.21 million people who go cycling per year in the United States as of spring 2017, e-bikes have a wide audience within the United States that may be interested in this relatively new form of electric transportation. Electric bicycles have been appealing to the average American and cycling enthusiasts alike, driving sales up worldwide. The European market has seen an overall increase in sales of e-bikes within recent years, along with the American market. Given recently imposed tariffs that will affect the prices of e-bikes in the United States, it is difficult to say whether this trend will continue; however, many people seem as interested in this technology as ever.
Some cycling purists argue that e-bikes are a product of modern society becoming lazier, claiming that an electric bike will never provide the same degree of physical activity as a traditional pedal bike. Despite this, many are using e-bikes for exercise; while the amount of physical exertion may not be the same as a traditional pedal bike, cyclists have been using technological advances to ease cycling for years, making this just one more advancement that people are using to improve their cycling.
Rolling Into The Future
E-bikes continue to develop, with new features and capabilities being added at every turn. From longer battery life to increased speeds, advancements in technology continue to make electric bicycles a better option for many users. There have even been successes in using solar power for these unique modes of transportation; one such solar-powered electric bicycle traveled from France to China in 64 days, proving that this may be one avenue for making transportation more environmentally friendly.
With all the advancements in technology available continuing to improve existing electric bikes, it seems likely that they will continue to be a popular option well into the future. The international interest will likely grow further, with so many European countries and cities already being friendly for cyclists; however, it remains to be seen if the United States will follow the same trend.