Electric bicycles are considered one of the many types of zero-emission vehicles that make up the “E” group in worldwide emissions monitoring efforts. Many countries have made an effort to reduce the amount of emissions produced by their vehicles; however, electric bikes still remain a much larger portion of the electric vehicle market. For the consumer it is important to be able to distinguish between electric bikes that are high-end models produced by well-known brands and those that are actually knock-offs. Some people do not care for them as much as others and they may end up being fairly useless. There are some simple things to keep in mind when trying to make this choice.
To begin with it is important to understand what an electric motor does and how it works. A motor takes in energy and converts it to usable power that the bike can use. The most common type of electric motor is the one which allows for two or more motors to be working simultaneously. These systems combine the function of both the throttle and the motor to provide a very smooth ride. In most cases these systems come with more accessories such as foot pedals and a throttle responder, making them more advanced than some of the older style systems that only allowed for one to work at a time. These motors were originally created to help reduce the emissions that are released from fuel powered vehicles.
It is also important to choose between a pedal assist and a throttle. Pedal assist allows the rider to have more control over the bike as the electric motor supplies power directly to the pedals and the rider is able to make adjustments to the speed at which the motor is providing power to the pedals. Throttle responds allow the person controlling the electric motor to adjust the amount of power that is being fed to the electric bike in order to provide a smooth ride and minimize any sudden accelerations or decelerations.