New and ‘green’ modes of transport, particularly personal transport have taken the world by storm. Electric vehicles are coming back, and in a big way. The remarkable development in battery technology and the renewed interest of the general population in environmentalism and the need to protect the Earth from human activity have been major drivers of growth for this trend towards the increasing adoption of transportation like electric bikes and electric scooters. |
While very few, if any, manufacturers are actually selling electric vehicles to customers, there are very high quality conversion kits available in the market. What these kits do is that they basically convert your pedal powered bike into a super cool electric bike. Comprising a motor and a battery, it is a very straightforward process to install to the existent drivetrain.
There are multiple advantages of building your own electric scooter over buying one ready made from the manufacturer. Most low cost electric bikes and electric scooters on sale are made of poor quality materials in their components, batteries and other essential parts. The more premium offerings, rare as they are, are very powerful, very expensive machines designed possibly as a proof of concept rather than a mass market product for the general public to buy and enjoy. If you want to own an electric vehicle within a reasonable price, electric bike conversion kits are your best bet.
Electric bikes are versatile machines in that they can be used in a multiple number of modes. You can choose to ride it like a normal motorcycle and have the motor do all the work. This is certainly the most convenient and the most comfortable choice, but it is also a lot harder on the battery. Your range, that is, the distance you can go before your battery is fully depleted, is definitely limited in this mode and once the battery is exhausted, you will need to power the machine as a usual bicycle: using its pedals.
There are however various “assisted” modes as well. In these modes, the rider pedals but the battery powers the motor as well; effectively, the ride is less tiring for the rider since the motor shares some of the load and makes it a bit easier for the rider. This also depletes the battery, but at a much slower rate and the range is extended for quite some distance. You can specify how much or how little assistance the motor provides; for example, you can turn assist completely off and pedal power the bike, recharging the battery for future use. Or you can choose to engage assist only on uphill sections.
The electric bike is a versatile and an environmentally responsible means of personal transport. Use of fossil fuels over the last two centuries has caused immense damage to the atmosphere and the environment of our planet. It is time people take responsibility and take up the chance to give our planet the fighting chance it so sorely needs.
RESOURCE BOX Electric bike and electric scooters are revolutionising personal transport. As people become more and more aware of the harmful effects of the continuous use of fossil fuels and the major role their gasoline and diesel powered vehicles play in causing immense damage to the environment and the atmosphere, they are increasingly looking to electrical modes of transportation; e-bike conversion kits facilitate just that.
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