What Is Electric Bike-All You Need to Know Before Starting Buy

In this modern technological world, electric bikes have become much more popular. As clean energy is a great alternative to fuel and can provide more speed without causing harm to the environment. So, Electric bikes can be a great alternative to a regular bike, but knowing the basics of an e-bike is necessary before you buy one.

 

In this article, you will learn all about the different types of electric bikes, their features, how to operate them, and what to consider before making your purchase. So, without further ado, let's get started!

The History of Electric Bikes

Electric bikes have been around for over 100 years. Although the first electric bikes were not much different from regular ones, they have evolved into high-speed electric bikes with powerful motors. Electric bikes are booming in popularity worldwide, and for a good reason—they are a great way to get around town without harming the environment.

 

Today, there are many different types of electric bikes on the market, each with its own unique features and benefits. So, let's take a closer look at a brief history of electric bikes, and then we'll move on to the different types of electric bikes available today.

 

The Beginning: The first patent was filed in 1895. "Ogden Bolton Jr." was awarded a patent for a "battery-powered bicycle". The direct-drive rear hub motor he invented was the first of its kind.

 

In 1897, Hosea W. Libbey of Boston invented a bicycle that was propelled by electricity with two motors and two batteries. This bike was known as a mid-drive motor. In this e-bike, the motor was designed within the hub. After this, many types of bicycles were designed for this motor.

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After that in 19 and 20th centuries, other companies started to produce electric bikes. In 1932, Philips and Simplex collaborated to make a very advanced electric bike. It had a built-in motor, battery, and controller.  Europe was one of the first places to adopt the electric bike. After that Japan also took an interest in the development of electric bikes. In 1975 Panasonic and the 1989 Sanyo Enacle came out with advanced electric bikes.

 

The Present & Future: Electric bikes have come a long way since their inception in 1895. Today, there are many different types of e-bikes to choose from. Of course, each type of electric bike has its own benefits and disadvantages.

 

You will be amazed after listening that in 2019 three million e-bikes were sold only in Europe, and the sales are growing every year.

 

Statistic: Number of e-bikes sold in Europe from 2009 to 2019 (in millions) | Statista

 

Moreover, It is expected that the electric bike industry will sell 130 million e-bikes by 2023. So, From 2020 to 2023, the e-bike industry will break all records and is expected to generate 20 billion US dollars ($20 billion USD) in sales. 

 

Statistic: Size of the global market for electric bicycles in 2019 and 2023 (in billion U.S. dollars) | Statista

Even though the latest technologies are conquering new grounds every year, the market is huge and getting huger with each new invention.

What Does a Typical Electric Bike Consist of?

As mentioned before there are many different types of electric bikes on the market, and every model has its own strengths and weaknesses. So, as a result, the electric bike market is quite diverse.


Today's most popular e-bikes come with different types of motors and batteries. All these parts work together to provide the rider with an electric bike.


So, let's take a look at the basic parts of an e-bike:

1. The Frame

The frame is the backbone of the electric bike. It's typically made from lightweight aluminum or carbon fiber and is responsible for supporting all the other parts of the electric bike. The HAOQI e-bikes have a metal frame made from lightweight aluminum to ensure durability. The 6061 Aluminum frame is unique and lightweight. So, we come with a very stylish and sleek frame.

 

Our four main e-bikes such as White Leopard Step-Thru, Black Leopard Snow Fat Tire, Green Leopard, and Antelope Cargo all come with an aluminum frame. All ensure a safe and steady ride every time.

2. The Tires

The tires are very important for an electric bike. Generally, e-bikes have wider tires with lower air pressure because they need to support the weight of the rider and the battery.  The tires also need to be able to handle different types of terrain.

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Since the tires work in conjunction with the frame, good-quality e-bikes often come with high-performance tires. The HAOQI  e-bikes have a very lightweight wide tire made from high-quality materials. It has the following characteristics, anti-stab, anti-high temperature, stronger grip, and easier tire replacement. HAOQI's Antelope Cargo comes with 20" x 4" and the other three models come with 26" x 4" tires.

 

The tires are designed to provide a comfortable, safe, and smooth ride on different types of terrain. They're also puncture-resistant, so you don't have to worry about getting a flat tire on your way to work.

3. The Electric Motor

Electric motors are responsible for powering your e-bike. There are different places to mount a motor such as the bottom bracket front, rear-wheel hub, and wheel hub. The bottom bracket is also known as mid-drive motors.

 

Brushless motors are the most popular type of electric motor because they're reliable and efficient. They also come with a built-in controller that helps to regulate the power output.

 

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Some electric bikes come with 350-watt motors up to 1000 watts which are very strong and efficient. You'll have no problem climbing hills with these electric bikes.

 

The HAOQI's Antelope Cargo model comes with a BAFANG motor that provides the power of 500 W and 80 Nm maximum torque. The other three models (Green Leopard, White Leopard, and Black Leopard) come with a 750 W brushless geared hub motor that provides the power of 80 Nm maximum torque.

4. The Battery

The battery is responsible for supplying power to the electric motor. There are different types of batteries available, but the most common type is the lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries are very safe, reliable, and long-lasting. With battery quality, the range of an electric bike can vary from 20-60 miles. The battery is mounted on the frame.

 

The HAOQI electric bikes come with high-tech Lithium Batteries with a capacity of 48V, 16Ah. The Antelope Cargo bike comes with a dual battery and provides 90 to 120 miles per one charge. And the other three bikes provide 35 to 60 miles per full charge. So, you can choose the bike according to your requirements.

5. LED Display

The LED display is a small screen that displays important information about the electric bike. This information includes the speed, battery level, distance traveled, and more. The display is mounted to the handlebars and allows you to easily monitor your speed and battery life while riding.


This display also acts as a battery indicator. It tells you when it's time to plug your electric bike in for more power. Some displays show the gear and pedal assistance level. And some displays include a cruise control setting.


The HAOQI e-bikes come with an LCD display that shows the battery level, distance traveled, and speed. So, you don't have to worry about running out of battery power or getting lost.

6. The Controller

The controller is an important component that helps to regulate the power of the electric motor. It receives signals from the throttle and changes them into useful power for the electric motor. This is the brain behind your electric bike.

 

It also monitors the speed of your bike, the battery level, and the amount of power being used. This information is displayed on the LED display for the rider to see.


The HAOQI electric bikes have a high-quality controller that easily adjusts to your riding needs.

How Does an Electric Bike Work?

An electric bike is a bicycle that uses a battery-powered motor to help assist with pedaling. This motor provides power to help you ride uphill and makes riding against the wind a little easier.


A motor is the most important component of an electric bike. The motor turns the gears and provides the power to make it easier for you to ride your bike. Torque sensors and pedal-assist sensors are used to determine how much power needs to be supplied by the motor. Using this information, the electric bike controls the power output of the motor.


The battery is another important part of the electric bike. The battery of an electric bike acts as a reservoir for electricity. This electricity is used to power the electric motor. The battery attaches to the frame of the bike and is usually rechargeable.


Furthermore, the controller is mounted on the handlebar and it is responsible for regulating the motor power. The controller also receives information from the throttle and pedal-assist sensors to control the power output of the electric bike.


Last but not least, the LED or LCD display is used to show important information about the electric bike to the rider. This information includes the speed, battery level, and distance traveled.


Now that you know a little more about electric bikes, and how they work. You can decide whether or not an electric bike is right for you. The HAOQI E-bikes are a great option for those looking for an electric bike that is high-quality, durable, and affordable. With a variety of different bikes to choose from, there is sure to be one that fits your needs.

Electric Bike VS Ordinary Bike, Which Is Better?

Electric bikes are a great addition to any bicycle collection. They can provide you with an extra boost of speed, and make riding in almost any terrain a bit easier. Electric bikes weigh a little more than your average bike because of the battery weight, but they still provide plenty of benefits for those who enjoy riding bicycles regularly.

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Compared to an ordinary bike, an electric bike has a few extra features. The most important differences are given below:

 

Electric Motor: The electric bike has a brushless motor in the hub of the back wheel or the center of the bike. The motor turns the gears and provides power to make it easier to ride uphill and against strong winds.


Pedal-Assist: The electric bike has a pedal-assist that senses how much power you are putting into the pedals and provides an extra boost to make riding a breeze.


Throttle: The throttle is a hand-controlled lever that helps you to control the speed of the electric bike. This is perfect for those who want to take it easy and relax while they ride.


LCD or LED Display: The LCD or LED display on the handlebar is used to show important information about the bike. This includes speed, battery level, and distance traveled.


Battery: The battery powers the electric motor providing an extra boost to make it easier to ride. Ordinary bikes usually use a chain to provide power to the wheels.

 

These are the main differences that you will see between an electric bike and an ordinary one. Electric bikes are a fun way to travel, have more control over your speed, and are good for the environment.


People who enjoy riding their bikes on a regular basis should definitely consider investing in an electric bike. They provide more power and make riding a lot easier, regardless of the terrain. If you are looking for a high-quality, durable, and affordable electric bike, the HAOQI E-bikes are a great option. With a variety of different bikes to choose from, there is sure to be one that fits your needs.

Performance of electric bikes: Torque, watts, watt-hours, volts, Et al.

Electric bikes are available in a number of different performance levels. This includes the amount of torque, watts, watt-hours, volts, and more. It's important to understand these terms before purchasing an electric bike. This will help you to choose the right bike for your needs.


So without any further ado, let's take a look at what these terms mean.


Torque: Torque is the twisting force that is applied to an object. This force is used to rotate an object around its axis. In electric bikes, torque is used to turn the gears and power the electric motor. Torque can be measured in Newton-meters (Nm). The more torque that an electric bike has, the faster it will be able to accelerate. Our HAOQI e-bikes provide 80Nm of torque.


Volts: Volts are a unit of measurement for electrical potential. This is the amount of energy that is available to do work. In electric bikes, volts are used to refer to how electrical pressure inside the battery drives the electric motor. The more volts that an electric bike has, the faster it will be able to speed up. The HAOQI e-bikes provide 48 volts.


Amperes (Amps): Amps are a measure of the electric current. This is the flow of electrons through a conductor. In electric bikes, amps are used to indicate the constant rate of flow of electricity. Current is the strongest factor in e-bikes because higher current produces more torque in the motor. The HAOQI e-bikes come with a 16Ah battery.


Amp Hours: Amp-hours (Ah) is the measure of charge over a period of time. In the case of electric bikes, this is the amount of energy that can be drawn from the battery. Amp-hours is usually abbreviated to Ah. The HAOQI e-bike has a capacity of 16Ah. The Antelope Cargo modal comes with a dual battery that provides 26 Ah.


Watts: Watts is a measure of power. It is the rate at which energy is transferred by an electric current or generated by a magnetic field. Watts can be used to measure the power of an electric motor. Our HAOQI e-bike has a 500W motor and 750W power.


Watt-hours (Wh for short): Wh is the amount of energy that can be produced by one watt in an hour. Wh can also be used to represent the capacity of a battery. In electric bikes, watt-hour is used to measure how much energy can be stored in a battery. The Antelope Cargo e-bike has a motor of 500 W and other models have a motor of 750W.

Where Can (And Can’t) I Ride My E-Bike?

Now that you understand some of the basics of electric bikes, you may be wondering where you can and can't ride them. This is because different classes of electric bikes have different laws and regulations.


As you may already know, e-bikes are subject to different laws and regulations depending on where they're driven. E-bikes are generally divided into three different classes. In order to understand these terms, we need to take a look at what each one of them means.

 

Classes 

Classe-I

Classe-II

Classe-III

Throttle

No

Yes

No

Max Speed (mph)

20

20

28

Pedal Assist 

Yes

Yes

Yes

  

Class 1: This includes pedal-assisted bicycles that are limited to a certain speed of 20 mph. The motor must be activated by pedaling and then ceases to function once the bicycle reaches 20 mph.

 

If you want to ride with more speed then you need to pedal by yourself. If you're wondering what this looks like, it's basically a standard bicycle that has a motor attached to it. These bikes are allowed to be ridden on any bike path, road, and sidewalk.

 

Class 2: This category includes throttle-activated electric bicycles. The motor is powered by a throttle and does not require pedaling. These bikes are limited to a speed of 20 mph.

 

If you want to go at a higher speed then you need to pedal yourself. When the speed exceeds 20 mph then the motor will cut off. Class 2 electric bikes are allowed to be ridden on bike paths and roads but are not allowed on sidewalks. The HAOQI Leopard models are Class 2 so it is allowed to ride on roads and can take you wherever you want.

 

Class 3: This includes electric bikes that have a motor that helps with pedaling and can go faster than 20 mph. This doesn't have a throttle, so you need to pedal the bike. The Maximum speed with assistance is 28mph.

 

The motor cuts off when the bike reaches this speed. Class 3 bikes are not allowed on sidewalks and can only be ridden on roads. These bikes may have throttle if the assisted speed is below 20mph.

How To Choose The Right E-Bike For You?

Choosing the right e-bike for you can seem quite complicated, but it doesn't have to be if you follow these simple steps.


1. Educate yourself on the different types of electric bikes.
2. Decide your budget.
3. Research the e-bikes that are in your price range.
4. Test drive the e-bikes that you are interested in.
5. Make a decision and buy the e-bike that is right for you.

 

Principles to Consider When Buying An Electric Bike!

When purchasing an electric bike, there are certain things you need to consider. Here are a few factors that you should keep in mind:


Cost: The first thing that you need to consider is the cost of electric bikes. You should decide what your budget is and then you can get a better idea of how much money you need to spend. The cost of good electric bikes is usually between $2,000-$6,000. The HAOQI e-bikes range from 1500-2500$ and above.


Know what you'll use it for: You also need to consider what you will use the electric bike for. If you plan on using it for commuting, then you need to get a bike that is comfortable to ride. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, then you need to get one that can handle all kinds of terrain.


Compare mileage per charge: Before making any purchase decision, you also need to compare the mileage per charge for each bike. This will help you get a better idea of which one is perfect for your needs. The HAOQI is one of the leading brands that offer 35-60 miles per charge and Antelope Cargo offers 90-120 miles per charge.


They weigh a ton: One thing that you need to keep in mind is that electric bikes weigh a ton. This can be a bit of an issue if you plan on carrying it up and down the stairs. However, the weight also helps in handling rough terrain. So, before purchasing one, you need to make it a point to test the bike in your preferred terrain.


Top speed matters a lot: Final but definitely not the least, top speed matters a lot when it comes to electric bikes. You need to make sure that the bike you are purchasing can reach the speed you need. Most electric bikes have a top speed of 20 mph, but some can go up to 28 mph.


Now that you understand what electric bikes are, and what to look for when buying an e-bike, it's time to take a look at different categories or types of electric bikes.


One question people have is what is the best type of electric bike for them. The answer to this question really depends on your needs and what you want to get out of your electric bike. So, the following are some of the different types of electric bikes you can take a look at.

Folding E-Bikes

A folding e-bike is a great option if you're looking for a portable electric bike. This type of electric bike can be folded up in a matter of seconds. You can use them for commuting or when you are on the go. They are lightweight and compact, which makes them easy to carry. Very popular in Europe, this type of e-bike is quickly gaining popularity in the US.


You can purchase one for around $1,000-5,000. For Example, Aventon SINCH Foldable Ebike estimated price is $1600. The following benefits are associated with folding electric bikes:

  • > Very portable
  • > Can be used for commuting
  • > Lightweight and compact
  • > Low maintenance

Fat-Tire E-Bikes

If you're looking for an electric bike that is easy to ride on a variety of terrains, then a fat-tire e-bike is a great option for you. Fat tires of 3-4" width can help you ride your bike on snow, sand, or any off-road environment. They look like a monster truck with huge, knobby tires.


Fat-tire bikes are perfect for those who love the great outdoors. You can purchase one for around $1,500-$2,500. For example, the HAOQI Black Leopard electric bike estimated price is $1699. HAOQI is one of the leading brands in the fat tire e-bike industry.

 

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Following are some benefits associated with fat-tire electric bikes:

  • > Can be ridden on a variety of terrains
  • > Great for outdoor enthusiasts
  • > Looks like a monster truck
  • > Tires are usually 3-4" wide

Cruiser E-Bikes

The Cruiser e-bikes are a great option for those who want a stylish electric bike. They have a classic design. They are known for being comfortable and easy to ride. You can use a cruiser e-bike for weekend riding or just cruising around town. You can purchase one for anywhere from $1,500-$3,000.

 

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Following are some benefits associated with cruiser electric bikes:

  • > Stylish design
  • > Comfortable to ride
  • > Great for daily riding
  • > Easy to use

Electric Mountain Bikes (eMTBs)

Electric mountain bikes are perfect for those who love to ride off-road. They have a powerful motor that can help you conquer any terrain. They are easy to handle and are lightweight. As the name suggests, they are great for mountain biking. The best part is that you do not have to pedal them at all times.


You can purchase one for around $1,000-$5,000. For example, HAOQI Green Leopard is a mountain bike with fat tires. The estimated price is $1,699. So, you can get an idea of the different types of electric bikes (eMTBs) you can purchase.


Following are some benefits associated with mountain e-bikes:

  • > Perfect for off-road riding
  • > Powerful motor
  • > Perfect for mountain biking
  • > Lightweight and easy to handle

Cargo And Utility E-Bikes

Cargo and utility e-bikes are perfect for those who need to transport things. They have a large cargo area that can accommodate a lot of weight. You can also fit a significant number of items in the cargo area. They come in different configuration options. You can choose the one that best suits your needs.


The front and back rack of the Antelope are reserved for the baskets, which can be fitted with the sliding baskets they designed, and it can be used for the front and rear rack.


You can purchase one for around $1,700-$5,000. For instance, RadWagon 4 is an Electric Cargo Bike and the estimated price is $1,899.


Following are some benefits associated with cargo and utility e-bikes:

  • > Perfect for carrying things around
  • > Large cargo area
  • > Different configuration options
  • > Can be used for commuting as well
  • > Great for those who need to transport things often
  • > Easy to handle

Conclusion - A Few Last Thoughts!

Electric bikes are a great alternative to traditional bikes. They are perfect for those who need to transport things or want to ride off-road. Clean energy and a clean environment are good for everyone.

 

Electric bikes are definitely the future of our world. Now that you know how much they cost, their benefits, and other important factors, you can make the right purchase decision. We hope that this article helps you in making the best decision for you and your loved ones.


Moreover, our support system is always active for you. So, don't forget to contact us if you face any problems during the purchase or while using an e-bike.


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