Replacement Electric Bike Batteries Guide

The NTS Works Universal Battery is rebuildable.

The NTS Works Universal Battery is rebuildable.

Eventually electric bike batteries need to be replaced as their lifecycle comes to an end.

You can tell when a battery is nearing the end of its life when it does not provide you with much range.

This guide will help you with ideas on how to get a replacement electric bike battery.

First of all, if you have a complete electric bike you should buy the replacement battery from that e-bike company.  Typically you can get a replacement from your local dealer but in some cases you may need to contact the e-bike company directly.

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“Down Goes the Bike Thief!” Bait Bikes with GPS Trackers & Mug Shots on Twitter [VIDEO]

Bike thieves in San Francisco better watch out! The San Francisco Police Department is placing “bait bikes” around the city with GPS trackers. If one of the “bait bikes” is stolen they will track down the thief, bust them, and post the thief’s mug shot on their Twitter news stream and website for a bit of public humiliation!

You have to watch this video from The New York times, it is brilliant. Checkout how quickly they catch a thief!

The SFPD is taking this seriously. The “bait bikes” are of high enough value to charge the thief with a felony……ouch! [Read more…]

The USA Electric Bike Market Numbers

This is a guest post by Edward Benjamin and Audra Poynter, eCycleElectric Staff

With a population of more than 316 Million people, buying about 15 million normal bicycles most years, and a demographic that is shifting to an older, but active generation of baby boomers…the USA seems a natural market for electric powered two wheelers.

The European market, about 742 million people, buying about 20 million bicycles most years, is both larger, and buys fewer bicycles per capita than the USA.

However, much of Europe regards a bicycle of any type as transportation. (As well as for sports, fitness, and recreation.) This is a cultural norm and in such cultures ebike markets grow more quickly.

The USA is almost universal in [Read more…]

Velosurance: Deluxe Insurance for Your Electric Bike

Electric bikes can be a significant investment and now there is electric bike specific insurance being offered by Velosurance Electric Bicycle Insurance.

In fact, Velosurance offers many coverage options that traditional home owner or renter insurance policies don’t offer.

Velosurance offers the availability of a multi-risk, stand-alone bicycle insurance policy allowing cyclists to insure their bikes for theft, physical loss, damage, and liability.

Here is some information on e-bike specific insurance from Velosurance CEO, Dave Williams. [Read more…]

How Much Does it Cost to Charge Your Electric Bike?

Norm's Ohm XU 700 electric bike.

So you have heard about how cost effective electric bikes are for getting around, but do you know how much it actually costs to charge your e-bike?

Well in this post I will crunch the numbers to show just how cost effective they are.

Norm, an Electric Bike Report reader, recently asked: “My charger used 0.14 kWh (kilowatt hours) for 12 miles of riding the new Ohm XU 700 today.  Any idea [Read more…]

Proposed Tax Credit for Electric Bikes and Electric Motorcycles!

Get a tax credit on your electric bike purchase?

The United States Senate Finance Committee has approved a tax credit for electric bikes and electric motorcycles.

If the bill passes the credit would be 10% of the purchase price of the electric bike or electric motorcycle, up to $2,500.

The idea is to provide an incentive for people to buy 2 wheeled electric vehicles and boost the e-bike industry in the US.

“This is about good paying American jobs,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) said. “These jobs [Read more…]

Top 3 Tips For Keeping Your E Bike Running Well

One of the coolest things about electric bikes is how easy it is to keep them running well and how easy it is to repair them.  Cars these days are so complex that even people who used to work on their older cars are forced to take their newer cars to a mechanic for costly maintenance and repairs.  Being able to maintain and repair your own e-bike is another way to save money and an advantage over costly car maintenance.

Here are my top three tips for keeping your electric bike running well. There are many more tips that I will share with you [Read more…]

Video: The Benefits of Riding an Electric Bicycle

This is an older video, but the benefits they go over in the video summarize why electric bikes are a great alternative to driving a car!

There are a couple of things that I would like to point out in the video. This is an electric bike conversion kit that the Michael added to his existing bicycle. The kit might look a little “funky” because it is one of the older kits. Today’s conversion kits are a little cleaner.

He also states that he can go up to 35 mph. That speed is too high to be considered an electric bicycle in the US and other parts of the world. The speed limit in the U.S. and Canada is 20 mph and the speed limit in Europe and other parts of the world (with some exceptions) is 25 kmh or 15.5 mph.

Checkout the video [Read more…]

Ebike Success Story from Tucson Arizona

Here’s an ebike success story that I want to share with you.  I really like this story because the author, Matthew Zoll,  has been using an electric bike to make his commute by bicycle more convenient during the hot summer months in Tucson Arizona.

If you live in a warm climate you will be able to relate this story.  In fact electric bikes work well in cold climates too, where sweating a lot can make you cold if you stop somewhere for a while.

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Making Electric Bikes More Affordable

Sometimes people get sticker shock when they hear that an electric bike will cost a few thousand dollars.

What you should factor into the equation is that using an electric bike to commute and run some errands that you would normally use your car for will be saving you money that is normally spent on gas, oil changes, maintenance of the car, and parking fees.

With that in mind the overall cost of an electric bike is not so bad considering it is one of the least expensive electric vehicles available!

To make it even more reasonable there are a few financing programs available that make owning an electric bike easier than paying the full cost up front.  The following are a few of the programs available.

1. First of all, check with your local electric bike shop to see if they have a financing program set up.  GE and Citi have partnerships with some of the local shops.  And here is one from Way2Go Leasing.

2. There are the new peer to peer loans that are becoming popular and offer competitive loans.  Here are the two most [Read more…]