Electric Bike History

Electric bikes are undergoing a surge in popularity as commuters and couriers around the world embrace them as a cheaper and greener alternative to cars. In the UK, electric bike sales have approximately doubled in 2017 and are expected to continue their upward trajectory. But electric bikes have been around since the Victorian era - so what’s changed?

What are electric bikes?

You may imagine a scooter or motorbike when you hear the term electric bike, but they actually look almost identical to a regular push bike. The only difference is a few electrical components; a motor, a battery and a controller all integrated into the design of the bicycle. Just like a regular bike, you still need to pedal and steer with the handles. The idea of the electric motor is to assist, not completely replace pedalling. It means that hills and headwind are much more approachable and manageable, meaning you can travel further without getting tired and sweaty – perfect for a morning commute!

Raleigh electric bikes use various motor systems in each of our ranges; front hub, rear hub and mid-drive. You can find out about these systems on our electric bike pages. We also use four types of motors on each of our ranges; Bosch, TransX, Emotion and Yahama. We’ve got more information on these systems too – just head on over to our page on electric bike motor systems.

The Evolution of Electric Bikes

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