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The Rise of E-Bike Popularity in America


In the last few years, there’s been a boom in e-bike popularity. Many people have heard of this new trend, but still aren’t sure what it means. In this article, I’ll give you all the details on e-bikes and how they’re changing our world.

What exactly is an e-bike?

An e-bike is a bicycle with an electric motor. The motor helps the rider pedal and can be activated through a throttle or pedal assist. When the rider uses the throttle, it activates the motor at any time during their ride, but when they use pedal assist, it activates only when they are pedaling. The amount of power in an e-bike varies from model to model. Some have motors that provide more assistance than others and some have batteries that need to be recharged after every use.

The surge in demand for e-bikes

If you’re not familiar with e-bikes, they are basically bicycles with a small electric motor that helps the rider pedal. They can be used to get around town or zip down a mountain path just as easily as regular bikes.

E-bike popularity is growing in America, but why? One reason may be that e-bikes make it easier for people to get out of their cars and ride instead. E-bikes are also an excellent way to stay fit while commuting or running errands. Because they are pedal-assisted (meaning there’s no throttle), riders must exert themselves by pedaling in order to move forward through space—which means more calories burned than riding a traditional bicycle without assistance from electricity!

How much does an e-bike cost?

The cost of an e-bike varies widely depending on the type of electric bike you buy. You can get a decent quality e-bike for around $1,200, while high end models can be upwards of $5,000.

Here are some examples:

  • A commuter e-bike is generally between $500 and $1,500.

  • A mountain bike with an electric motor costs around $2,000 to $3,000.

  • An urban/fitness model will be closer to the higher end at roughly $3k to 5k

Where are people riding their e-bikes?

E-bikes are popular in every type of environment. In fact, e-bike sales have been rising steadily since the year 2000 and are now increasing at an exponential rate.

Who’s buying them?

The e-bike is a great option for anyone who wants to get from point A to point B without breaking much of a sweat, whether you live in the suburbs or the city. If you’re looking for something that’s easy to ride and has all the convenience of an SUV but none of the bulk or cost, then an electric bike might be just what you need.

This type of transportation is also ideal for people who want more exercise—and not just because it gives them a little workout on top of their day-to-day routine. E-bikes are designed so that riders can pedal normally while going uphill, thus getting an extra boost when they really need it. Plus, there are many models out there with built-in resistance settings that allow users to adjust how challenging their ride feels based on their fitness level and desired workout outcome (whether it’s burning calories or simply cruising along).

How much will the market grow?

E-bike sales have grown by more than 50% from 2016 to 2020, reaching nearly $24 billion.

The US market for e-bikes is growing at a fast pace as well, with an estimated 72% growth rate between 2014 and 2020. This makes sense when you consider that more people are riding bikes every year. In fact, the number of bicycle commuters increased by 38% between 2001 and 2013!

If you’re interested in learning more about the popularity of e-bikes in America and around the world, check out this insightful article on [whatabike](https://whatabike.com/blog/20151229/e-bike-sales-in-the-us/) by WhatABike’s Chief Editor Paul Smith:

Do I need to ride an e-bike?

If you’re just getting started with e-bikes and aren’t sure if you want to buy one, here are some things to consider:

  • Do you want to ride an e-bike? If so, then yes! E-bikes are for everyone. They’re great for people of all ages and fitness levels as well as riders of all styles and interest levels.

  • Are you an experienced cyclist looking for something more? If so, then yes! E-bikes give cyclists the opportunity to cover more ground in a day than they could on their own muscle power alone—and they’re good at it! That said…

  • Are you looking for something easy? If so, then maybe not quite yet. While e-bikes will definitely help make cycling easier on your body (especially if it’s been awhile since you’ve ridden), keep in mind that they still require physical exertion from both rider and machine alike—so don’t expect them to be completely effortless!

E-bikes are going to take over the world.

E-bikes are the future of transportation, and you’d be foolish to not hop on board. Here’s why:

  • They’re a great way to get around. E-bikes give you an alternative option for getting around town that is both fast and affordable. They can also help reduce traffic congestion by cutting down on the need for cars in urban areas, resulting in less time wasted sitting in traffic or searching for parking spots.

  • They’re environmentally friendly. If climate change is going to become an existential threat in our lifetimes (and it’s almost certainly going to), we need more people riding bikes rather than driving cars. E-bikes make it easier for people who wouldn’t normally bike because they don’t feel safe or haven’t found the right routes yet, so they get more exercise while doing their part towards slowing global warming at the same time!


We can’t wait to see what the future of e-bikes holds for America.