Electric bikes are gaining popularity in the recent times. However, similar to any other invention, electric bike also has got a rich history behind it. It has been estimated that there are around 120 million electronic bike users in China. The use of this bike is slowly increasing.
A quick look at the history:
The actual design of these bikes consists of the frame of the traditional bikes, which can be with pedals or without the pedals. This design also consists of the addition of a small sized electric motor, which is powered with the help of batteries which are rechargeable. There was one design of the electric bike from the 1980’s, which came with a charging solar power station. The first commercial electric bike appeared during 1997. Yamaha and Panasonic are the largest manufacturer of electronic bikes.
As the battery technology evolved, the batteries became much more portable and lightweight and also more efficient than they were 100 years back. However, the technology of the battery still continues to evolve.
The previous power to weight ratio issue has been solved in the recent times for the electric bikes. The carbon frames help to bring a reduction in the overall weight of the bike.
Electronic bikes have got a much greater appeal as they are beneficial for the environment as there are no emissions from these bikes, which may be harmful for the environment. Electric bikes are friendlier to the environment compared to the present day transportation. Smaller sized motors for these bikes are of great appeal. However, with the technology evolving, one can hope for more efficient electric bikes in the future.