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June 16, 2022
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September 8, 2023

Understanding the basics: an introduction to e-bikes

Electric bikes are becoming more and more popular as people enjoy the benefits of having the extra power to assist them on hills, getting around sweat-free. But what actually is an e-bike and how do they work? Keep reading to find out!

Electrically assisted e-bikes, the future of urban transport 

Zoomo Zero E-bike

Let’s start with the basics. What actually is an electric bike?

In Australia, when we say e-bike, we are referring to a bicycle that is electrically power-assisted which is generated from the motor by pedalling instead of using a throttle.  As you pedal, the motor will monitor your pedalling and deliver power based on the rider input. If you pedal faster, the motor power will increase. If you slow, the power to the motor is reduced. This gives you a very natural feel and is an intuitive experience.

Legally, e-bikes have a maximum continuous rated power of 250 watts which cuts off when the bike reaches a speed of 25km/h or if the rider stops pedalling. Due to this speed cap, riders must abide by the same rules as traditional cyclists. They do not need licence or registration and are not required to pay road taxes, however they must stay off sidewalks and utilise bike lanes.

E-bike appeal to a wide range of people as they provide the simplistic nature of cycling but do not require mass outputs of energy due to the power assistance. Both traditional cyclists and motor vehicle drivers are beginning to make the conscious swap to an electric bike.

Like a car, with less traffic

An e-bike integrates all the best aspects of a car while simultaneously avoiding all the negatives.

Zoomo e-bikes specifically have integrated features like remote alarm and remote locking to allow you to keep your bike safe and prevent theft. They also feature integrated lights which allow the rider to both see and be seen, keeping them safe on the road no matter the time of day. E-bikes from Zoomo also come with servicing included should you use your bike regularly. Unlike a car, these visits to the service centre will not break the bank, as typically the parts cost far less than those needed in car replacements. 

In comparison to a car, riding an e-bike can enable a rider to cut down the amount of time spent on the road by eliminating entirely unnecessary traffic jams as well as the tedious attempt to find a park in big cities. Not to mention the benefit you are doing to yourself and the environment by not using a petrol car.

Get to your destination more efficiently using an e-bike.

Like a motorbike, with less costs

As previously mentioned, due to the speed cap placed on legal e-bikes in Australia there is significantly less paperwork involved to get up and riding in comparison to a motorbike, yet with an e-bike you still reap some of the benefits.

Zoomo bikes are manufactured with hydraulic brakes making riding both safe and smooth. These e-bikes also have an 8 hour battery life so you don’t have to worry about running out of charge. They get you to your destination without exerting much energy as the electrical assistance helps you get up that hill or riding into the wind.

By not requiring licensing, registration or petrol to operate, e-bikes are significantly more affordable than motorbikes.

Like a bike, but more fun

Finally, experience all the best parts of riding a bike but never get tired. 

Enjoy the outdoors, while benefiting both your body and mind through mobilisation. 

Considering making the swap, head in-store now and take a Zoomo e-bike for a test ride now.

If you don’t want to buy one, Zoomo provides affordable rental plans for every kind of rider. 

Rent or buy a Zoomo e-bike now, or head in store for a test ride.

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