Like it or not, they are coming. Maybe even for me one day (a normal one, not a scooter-type thing), when my knees give out. Some days that feels closer than others.
These days, e-bikes are booming in popularity in Europe and China where they’re revered for their low impact on the environment. According to ZIV, a German industry organization, e-bike sales represented 10 percent of all bike sales at the close of 2012, a 15 percent rise over 2011 numbers. Because the motors used in e-bikes are electric and not internal combustion, these contraptions don’t emit any carbon dioxide directly (the source of their electricity, however, has an environmental impact, albeit one drastically smaller than a motorcycle or moped engine).
In China there are upwards of 120 million bikes on the country’s roads, up from a few thousand in the 1990s, according to the New York Times. Chinese e-bike exports, along with global interest in the phenomenon has contributed to the creation of a modern-day $11 billion e-bike industry.
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