Energy Mobility

301: Pedelec, electric-assisted bicycle


The millions of tons of CO₂ hourly produced by diesel/gasoline engined transport needs to be reduced.


Whilst millions of people pedal bicycles, some wish for a little more power. The electrically assisted bicycle meets this requirement and there are at least 40 million such e-two wheelers in use around the Planet.

Manufacturers include A2B Bicycles, Airwheel, Beistegui Hermanos, Gocycle, Italjet, Mahindra GenZe, Pedego Electric Bikes, F-wheel DYU, Fuji-Ta, Riese und Müller, Superpedestrian, SwagCycle alongside innumerable Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers.

Commercially manufactured e-bicycles have been in use since the early 1990s, although the arrival of the longer-range li-ion battery from 2007 increased the popularity of the pedelec. The choice ranges from the simple street scooter to the more muscular 2kW models where riders must show a number plate and are advised to wear a helmet.

Since the COVID19 pandemic, given the need for social distancing, the use of pedelecs has been encouraged by Governments and Municipalities.

What you can do: Drive a pedelec.

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