People who switch from their bike without electric drive to an e-bike usually have different reasons than someone who swaps their car for a pedelec, as bikes with pedal assistance from a motor are also called. The fact is: the trend towards e-bikes is not stopping. We show the 10 most important reasons why this is so.
Professionals who cycle to work are a key target group for e-bikes. They leave the car behind for environmental reasons, or want to do something for their fitness and health on the longer way to the office, to the appointment and back home, without having to shower every time.
Environmental protection, cost savings and fitness are also motivating many young couples to decide against a second car and in favour of an e-bike. Particularly in the city, this also eliminates the well-known parking worries. Children in a bicycle trailer or shopping in a basket are hardly a noticeable burden on an e-bike.
Effort on bike tours is not only an issue for seniors or physically impaired people. For many hobby cyclists, the electric drive enables them to master steep climbs without having to push. This may open up the possibility of completely new tours, for example to higher regions. Once climbs, headwinds and other resistance have been overcome thanks to the motor, the sporty cyclist can pedal again with their own muscle power.
The e-bike compensates for differences in groups and families and thus enables joint cycling excursions. Even the slowest can now keep up and everyone has more fun on the tour. Most e-bikes even go 25 km/h without the rider having to make an incredible effort.
The e-bike makes it possible to cover distances that would not be possible in the same time on a normal bicycle. This is an important argument for working people and commuters who have to cover longer distances every day. With an e-bike, commutes of up to 20 kilometres are no problem, even in mountainous regions. Conventional batteries last for an average of 50 kilometres and can then be recharged overnight at home using a power socket.
Compared to the car, the journey with the e-bike is significantly cheaper, regardless of whether the car is bought, leased or rented. Petrol and parking fees are not applicable with the e-bike. Apart from the electricity costs for recharging the battery, there are no maintenance costs. Insurance is only required for the moped-like models up to 45 km/h, which also require a helmet and a driving licence.
For those who cannot, may not or do not want to drive a car, the e-bike is an alternative to the conventional bicycle - not only for long or strenuous distances, but also for more protracted or permanent physical limitations as a result of pregnancy, injury or illness. Up to an advanced age, you can do more for your fitness on an electric bike than in a car or on public transport. You are in motion in the fresh air and cycle more or less actively depending on your state of health.
If you pedal properly yourself, you will also have a considerable training effect with the e-bike. Depending on the physical effort, the challenging tour with the electric bike can very well strengthen and increase fitness. The sporty use of the e-bike can even replace the trip to the gym and thus save costs and time.
Those who use an e-bike usually even do more sport than with a conventional bike, because they ride more often - keyword working people and longer distances. The additional tailwind makes it possible.
In terms of noise, waste and air pollution, the e-bike is significantly less harmful to the environment than a car. The good conscience can be further enhanced by using green electricity to charge the economical battery.