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E-Bikes: An Electric Vehicle Everyone Can Afford

We here at EV World seem to be spending an inordinate amount of time talking about Tesla Motors. There’s certainly no denying they’ve done a masterful job of not only automotive engineering, but also garnering more than their share of headlines and free publicity. It can be argued that they’ve created one of the finest automobiles in the world, if not the finest in terms of where it sits in the sticker price spectrum. For somewhere around $70,000 you can own a car that a slew of automotive, environmental, consumer and engineering organizations have called the best in the world.

But it’s also a car very few of us can afford, even in the affluent West. It simply is out of the league of most of us in the struggling middle class.

But there is an electric vehicle that far more of us can afford and while it may lack some the amenities found on the Model S – okay, a lot of the amenities – it doesn’t cost two-to-three year’s worth of the average working Jack or Jill’s salary. It’s called an electric bicycle.

Now before you scoff and move on to another article or – God forbid — another web site, consider for a moment the advantages of an electric-assist bicycle. First of all, it’s imminently affordable with some models costing in the $500 range. A pretty good quality model with lithium batteries, just like those that power the Model S, can be had for $1,500.

There is also something you can’t get on the Model S that comes standard on every electric-assist bicycle: exercise. Now that may seem counter-intuitive, but research shows that you can get a good cardiovascular workout on a pedal electric-assisted bicycle or pedelec.
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