What Is An Electric Bike?

An electric bike, also referred to as an e-bike or EB, is a bicycle that uses electric energy to power a small electric motor. In contrast, traditional bicycles use human leg power to achieve propulsion. Electric bikes are not a recent innovation with the earliest known U.S. patent dating back to 1890. However, a recent surge has occurred in ebike development and adoption over the past 10 years due to environmental concerns, enhanced performance offered by emerging electric motor and battery technology, and increasing standardized transportation costs. With most major bicycle manufacturers currently selling one or more types of electric bikes, EBs have finally become “ready for prime-time” and are expected to comprise a major portion of the bicycle market within the next 10 years.

A Short History Of The Electric Bike

Who Makes Electric Bikes?

The following manufacturers make electric bicycles:

Aventon Bikes LogoAventon Bikes
Models: Pace, Sinch, Level
Benno Bikes LogoBenno Bikes
Models: Boost, Ejoy, Escout, Remidemi
Blix Electric BikesBlix Electric Bikes
Models: Aveny, Packa, Sol, Vika+
Cannondale LogoCannondale
Models: Canvas, Cujo, Habit, Moterra, Quick, SuperSix EVO, Synapse, Tesoro, Topstone, Treadwell
Cero Bikes LogoCero Bikes
Models: Cero 1.2
Civia Cycles LogoCivia Cycles
Models: Parkway, North Loop
Kona Bikes LogoKona
Models: Dew-E, Ecoco, El Kahuna, Libre, Remote, Splice-E
Liv Cycling LogoLiv Cycling
Models: Amiti, Embolden, Rove, Tempt, Thrive
Pivot Cycles LogoPivot Cycles
Models: Shuttle
Rad Power Bikes LogoRad Power Bikes
Models: RadCity, RadMini, RadMission, RadRover, RadRunner, RadWagon
Riese & Müller LogoRiese & Müller
Models: Charger, Delite, Homage, Load, Multicharger, Nevo, Packster, Roadster, Supercharger, Superdelite
Serial 1 LogoSerial 1 Cycle Company
Models: T.B.D.
Specialized Bikes LogoSpecialized Bikes
Models: Como, Creo, Levo, Kenevo, Vado
Tern Bicycles LogoTern Bicycles
Models: BYB, Eclipse, GSD, HSD, Link, Node, Vektron, Verge
Trek Bikes LogoTrek Bikes
Models: Allant, Cafe Moto, Domane, Ghostrider, Powerfly, Rail, Townie, Vale, Verve
Tuesday Cycles LogoTuesday Cycles
Models: August
Xtracycle LogoXtracycle
Models: eClassic, eStoker, eSwoop, RFA Sport, RFA Utility
Yuba Bikes LogoYuba Bikes
Models: Boda Boda, Electric Mundo, Electric Supermarché, Spicy Curry

Electric Bikes In The News

Serial 1 Cycle Company Harley Davidson eBike Spin-Off

Serial 1 Cycle Company Harley Davidson eBike Spin-Off

Jon MentorOctober 26, 2020

Serial 1 Cycle Company, a Harley Davidson spin-off, is announcing the availability of its first electric bicycle at midnight on November 16, 2020. Unlike several other ebike companies that simply…

Rad Power Bikes RadMini

Rad Power Bikes RadMini

Jon MentorSeptember 16, 2019

The Rad Power Bikes RadMini is an affordable electric commuter bike that offers power, convenience, and versatility in a sporty little package. With a folding frame design smaller than a…

Rad Power Bikes To Deliver Domino’s Pizza

Rad Power Bikes To Deliver Domino’s Pizza

Jon MentorAugust 12, 2019

Rad Power Bikes, North America’s largest e-bike brand, has designed custom electric bicycles for the Domino’s Pizza chain that will facilitate more efficient, and environmentally friendly, Domino’s pizza delivery. The…

Rad Power Bikes RadCity

Rad Power Bikes RadCity

Jon MentorAugust 3, 2019

The Rad Power Bikes RadCity is an affordable electric commuter bike built to conquer the ever-changing city-scape. Designed with style and comfort in mind, the RadCity e-bike will crush your…

Rad Power Bikes RadWagon

Rad Power Bikes RadWagon

Jon MentorAugust 2, 2019

The Rad Power Bikes RadWagon is truly one of our favorite electric bicycles. An affordable e-cargo bike with thoughtful design and stylish looks, the RadWagon is an excellent peddle-power assisted…

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Manufacturers: Aventon Bikes, Benno Bikes, Blix Electric Bikes, Cannondale, Cero Bikes, Civia Cycles, Kona, Liv Cycling, Pivot Cycles, Rad Power Bikes, Riese & Müller, Serial 1 Cycle Company, Specialized Bikes, Surly Bikes, Tern Bicycles, Trek Bikes, Tuesday Cycles, Xtracycle, Yuba Bikes