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 (more…)

Electric Bike Riding Safety Tips

bike-safetyElectric bikes are a lot of fun to ride but they also require that you be attentive to safety.

By following the safety tips in this guide you will be prepared for potentially dangerous situations that you could encounter on your e-bike.

In this guide you will learn about selecting the right gear, selecting the safest route, watching out for others, and how to handle rough roads.

Make sure your next ride is a safe one! (more…)

E-Bike News: New E-Bikes from Haibike, Visiobike, ProdecoTech, B4, Vintage, IKEA, & More! [VIDEOS]

2 new Haibike's have landed in the USA! The XDRUO RX 29 and the XDURO FS RX.

2 new Haibike’s have landed in the USA! The XDRUO RX 29 and the XDURO FS RX.

It’s time for another electric bike news round up!

2 new Haibike electric mountain bikes are now available in the US; the XDURO RX 29 hard tail and the XDURO FS RX full suspension electric mountain bikes.

Both of the these Haibike’s feature the Bosch mid drive electric bike systems. There will be 5 other Haibike models arriving in the US soon.

Grace Electric Bikes (also a European brand) are  (more…)

The Copenhagen Electric Bike Share Program: Bycyklen [VIDEOS]

Copenhagen electric bike share program station 2Leave it to Copenhagen, Denmark to launch a highly advanced electric bike sharing program!

Their new e-bike share program offers a look at the future of urban transportation for the rest of us.

The Bycyklen e-bike share program provides a way for Copenhagen commuters to use the bikes for their whole commute or to use them for the first/last mile connection when used with mass transit.

They are also promoting the program to tourists as a fun way to get around and experience the city in true Copenhagen (more…)

Survey Says: Electric Bikes Enable More People to Ride Bikes, More Often!

Electric bikes = More people riding bikes, more often!

Electric bikes = More people riding bikes, more often! Photo credit to Turbo Bob.

The results are in from a recent electric bike survey: 55% of those surveyed had ridden a traditional bike weekly or daily.  That jumped to 93% after they bought an e-bike!

6% of those surveyed had not ridden a bike as an adult.  With an electric bike, 89% of those now ride daily or weekly!

Those are just a few of the stats from an e-bike survey that was directed by John MacArthur, Sustainable Transportation Program Manager at the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC).  John is also a research associate at  (more…)

Electric Bike Touring: 3,300 Miles from Seattle WA to Washington D.C. on a Pedego Interceptor

Cathy Rogers and her Pedego Interceptor electric bike. Ready to ride 3,300 miles!

Cathy Rogers and her Pedego Interceptor electric bike. Ready to ride 3,300 miles!

Cathy Rogers, 57, of Pittsburgh, PA will be riding her Pedego Interceptor electric bike 3,300 miles in The Big Ride Across America!

Cathy and 13 other riders will raise $6,500 each and ride from the Seattle WA area to Washington D.C. in support of the American Lung Association.

The Big Ride Across America will take place from June 16 to August 2, with 40 days of riding and 8 days of rest.

The tour will go through Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and then to DC. (more…)

IZIP E3 Peak Electric Bike Review [VIDEO]

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The IZIP E3 Peak; a versatile high performance electric mountain bike.

If you are looking for a versatile high performance electric mountain bike, then I recommend that you checkout this review of the IZIP E3 Peak from Currie Technologies!

The Peak is a mid drive motor electric bike that can climb almost any hill and fly along the flats at 28+ mph.

It is designed as a hardtail mountain bike with 27.5″ wheels but it can also be used for around town commuting or rolling along country roads.

At $3,000 USD it offers a number of features that (more…)

Electric Bike Touring: 80 Year Old to Ride 2,500 Miles on an Easy Motion NEO Jet!

John Moss electric bike touring

John Moss will ride his Easy Motion Neo Jet 2,500 miles from Washington State to Ohio!

What a great adventure; 2,500 miles of electric bike touring from Washington State to Ohio on an Easy Motion NEO Jet!

At 80 years old, John Moss will start his cross country adventure on June 4th and finish in Ohio around September 1st, 2014.

John is a Korean War veteran who started cycling at age 62 and he has biked across the US several times; including a tour from Yukon to Alaska.

John selected the Easy Motion NEO Jet electric bike for his journey because of it’s low top tube (among other features), which makes getting on/off a heavily loaded touring bike easier.

Mr. Moss will be riding around 60 miles a day, (more…)

IZIP E3 Peak Electric Bike Video, Pictures, & Specs

The IZIP E3 Peak; a 27.5" wheel e-mountain bike with mid drive motor, 48V mid mount battery, up to 28 mph, & more!

The IZIP E3 Peak; a 27.5″ wheel e-mountain bike with mid drive motor, 48V mid mount battery, up to 28 mph, & more!

The new 2014 IZIP E3 Peak mid drive electric mountain bike has arrived for testing and review!

Currie Technologies has really gone all out with this new high speed (28 mph) e-mtb that features a 350 watt mid drive motor, 48V mid mount lithium battery, 27.5″ (650b) wheels, RockShox suspension fork, and more!

In this first part of the review there are a BUNCH of detailed pictures and specifications to get you familiar with the Peak. (more…)

The Electric Bike of the Future Will be Social, Smart, Entertaining, & Talking to Traffic All The Time

The future of electric bikes will be highly networked!

This is a guest post from Edward Benjamin, Senior Managing Director of eCycleElectric LLC, and Chairman of Light Electric Vehicle Association (LEVA).

For nearly 20 years, I have watched engineers, inventors and designers steadily improving electric powered two wheelers. Improving performance, reliability, and appearance in nearly every aspect in every market.

Some of the electric bikes of today are truly marvelous. We have inexpensive bikes that successfully carry many millions of people to work every day. We have electric mountain bikes that carry (more…)

Charged Up! 2014 Electric Bike Mainstream Media Event Report [VIDEOS]

Journalists swarm to ride e-bikes at the Charged up electric bike media event!

Journalists swarm to ride e-bikes at the Charged Up electric bike media event!

Yes, electric bikes are still relatively unknown to a majority of people in the US.

But hopefully that will change soon!

As a way to get the word out about e-bikes, Interbike (organizers of the largest bicycle trade show in the US) partnered with Outdoor Retailer to present e-bikes and other outdoor gear to a group of journalists from large mainstream media companies.

The Charge Up media event was held at the Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg, NJ and the location was selected because (more…)

Tour of the E-BikeKit Headquarters Near Philadelphia, PA [VIDEO]

The E-BikeKit headquarters and assembly facility.

The E-BikeKit headquarters and assembly facility.

Jason Kraft is the CEO of Electric Bike Technologies and he recently invited me to tour their headquarters and assembly facility that is located just outside of Philadelphia, PA.

Electric Bike Tech offers a variety of moderately priced electric bike kits (E-BikeKit™) and electric trike kits (E-TrikeKit™).  They focus on providing kits that have a lot of features for the money.

It was great to get the personal tour from Jason and learn more about this US electric bike kit company.

Jason started the company in 2008 and he has been growing and improving the Electric Bike Tech  (more…)

Interview with Larry Pizzi: President of Currie Technologies (IZIP, Haibike, eFlow) [VIDEOS]

Larry Pizzi (President of Currie Tech) enjoying an e-bike ride.

Larry Pizzi (President of Currie Tech) enjoying an e-bike ride.

Recently I caught up with Larry Pizzi who is the president of Currie Technologies (IZIP, EZIP, Haibike, eFlow).

Larry has been in the bicycle industry most of his life and is in charge of one of the largest e-bike companies in the US.

In this interview you will learn more about his experiences in the industry, what the latest is at Currie Tech (new IZIP’s, Haibikes, eFlow, etc.), the IZIP Road Show, and what’s on the horizon for Currie Tech.

Enjoy the interview!

Pete: Larry, you have been in the bicycle and e-bike industry a long time.  Could you give us a brief history of (more…)