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E-bikes: How did they get here?

Did you know that the only transportation device that managed to stay significant in the last 20 years of the bicycle market was the e-bike? Simple designs that closely mimic the traditional bicycle, a small and efficient electric motor, all caused the rapid sales growth of e-bikes since 1998. Additionally, there are approximately already over 120 million e-bikes in use in China alone, with Europe and North America quickly catching up.

E-bikes get the green light

One of the most popular features of electric bikes is that they’re good for the planet. With no harmful emissions, e-bikes are more eco-friendly than any other form of public transport. Another great advantage of an e-bike is its benefits for rehabilitation use for recovering health patients. So, patients with issues such as cardiac problems can greatly improve their mobility by using e-bikes to help them reduce muscle strain and cardiac exertion.

The start of the e-bike

One of the first successful e-bike models appeared in 1997 under the name ‘Select’. Just a year after the release of the ‘Select’ there were over 49 different e-bike models available across the entire market. However, it was Yahama and Panasonic that became the two biggest mass producers of the e-bike in the early 2000s.

Today, electric bike production is heavily on the rise. Although, countries around the world have different rules on how they can be used on public roads. E-bikes are usually classified as the same as traditional bicycles, but in some places can be classed as a sub-type of motorcycles.

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