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So what is s e- bike or pedelec ?
According to wikipedia
A pedelec (from pedal electric cycle) is a bicycle where the rider’s pedalling is assisted by a small electric motor and therefore these bicycles are known as a low-powered e-bike.
An “electric bicycle”, also known as an e-bike, is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion. There are different types of e-bikes available worldwide, from e-bikes that only have a small motor to assist the rider’s pedal-power (i.e. pedelecs) to somewhat more powerful e-bikes which have moped-style functionality
Germany is considered a major e-bike user, with 360,000 sold there last year. Electric bicycles are particularly terrible for long-distance riding, since with current battery technology they tend to only run for 15-40 km on a single charge
Pedelecs sometimes include an electronic controller which stops the motor producing power when the rider is not pedalling or when a certain speed – usually 25 km/h – has been reached. Pedelecs are very useful for people who have to ride in hilly areas or in windy areas.
Pic ref: Bmw website (cool gadgets 2013, australia gadgets, electronic spy gadgets)
Photo of BMW i pedelec electric bike from : http://www.designboom.com/technology/bmw-i-pedelec-electric-bike/
A pedelec can be any “type of bicycle”, but a pedelec “city bike” is very common. Ordinary conventional bicycles can be converted to pedelecs with the addition of the necessary parts, i.e. motor, battery etc. Another big disadvantage of electric bicycles is that laws vary regarding their use; they aren’t always allowed in every country, city or state and may have different licence requirements depending on where you are.
video of SR SUNTOUR Pedelec E-Bike
Here are a few resources for DIY ebikes:
YPedal’s DIY eBike Intro: http://www.ypedal.com/ran
Or have someone build it for you: eBikes San Francisco: http://ebikessf.com
Since the introduction of the term pedelec in February 1999, more and more people – manufacturers, dealers, everyday people – are naturally speaking of pedelec bikes
SMART hybrid electric bicycle
Machines like the Sanyo Eneloop, Giant Twist, IF Reach DC or the OHM electric bikes fall into this category.Pedelec does not mean cycles that can be ridden by pure electric energy using a handlebar throttle such as the e-bike from the US manufacturer EV Global Motors
Video of Electric powered Bosch speed pedelec E-bike
History of electric bicycles
In 1989, Michael Kutter, founder of Dolphin E-bikes, designed and produced the first pedelec prototype.
In 1994, larger numbers were produced by Yamaha under the name Power Assist.
some electric bikes available online
Electric Folding Bike battery bicycle foldable ebike e-bike e power assist – ebay
Pic ref: Ebay website (cool gadgets 2013, australia gadgets, electronic spy gadgets)
Below – Ultra Motor A2B eBike