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Electric Bikes: Pedal to the Motor
Check out Groupon’s quick look at electric bicycles to get excited about your super-powered ride.
E-bike: this style of bike requires no pedaling at all (though you’re welcome to do so if you want to show off). To activate the battery, you’ll use a throttle mounted on the handlebars.
Pedelec: the other main style of electric bicycle. On this kind of bike, you will have to pedal to engage the motor, but not very hard. A sensor resides in the bottom bracket that tells the motor when you’re pedaling—and, often, how fast—so it can assist you accordingly.
20–50 miles: the typical distance an electric bike can travel on a single battery charge, depending on the model.
20 miles per hour: the maximum electric bicycle speed allowed in the US. Speed demons can use their legs to go faster, but the motor is required to cut out after that point.
120 million: the estimated number of electric bikes currently on the streets in China.
53 thousand: the estimated number of electric bikes sold in the US in 2012—about the same number as electric cars sold that year.