I finally got an electric bike!
Posted: Sun May 01, 2011 1:00 am
I've been wanting an electric vehicle for a while. Where we live, on an island, the maximum distance you can drive is 19km, so limited range is no problem, and the speed limit is 50 or 60 km/h, so speed isn't an issue. Any time I was working on a project and needed some nails or something, I'd either have to take an hour off to walk to the store and back, or take the regular bike and get all hot and sweaty slogging up the big hill, or else drive the car, which doesn't get warmed up on the short trip and wastes fuel. So,an electric vehicle makes a lot of sense.
After eliminating an electric car because of cost, and investigating electric tricycles (and eliminating them for the same reason), I bought an electric bike. It is a regular 24-speed mountain bike with the electric conversion installed at the factory. It has a 350 watt motor, and the battery is good for 50 km at maximum assist.