electric bike


variants or e-bike or electric bicycle
plural electric bikes or e-bikes or electric bicycles
: a bicycle equipped with an electric motor that may be activated in order to assist with or replace pedaling
Just like any bike, electric bikes come with a ton of different technical specs that you may or may not care about.Adrienne So
For many years, e-bikes carried the stigma of being vehicles for lazy pedalers and seniors. The bikes draw power from a battery and motor to make pedaling significantly easier. You can also accelerate with the press of a button, transforming cycling from a strenuous exercise into a joy ride.Brian X. Chen

Examples of electric bike in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Frequently Asked Questions How fast can an electric bike go? Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Some electric bikes only offer pedal-assist (the battery augments your pedal power) while others can go fully powered. Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 The next big trend in electric bikes is micro-mobility, which refers to tiny personal vehicles. Scott Gilbertson, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 Yes — otherwise the utility of an electric bike would be severely limited. Nathan Borchelt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Feb. 2024 Gold still has a few unfinished bucket-list items — building a man cave, attending a March Madness game, cruising to Alaska and riding an electric bike. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 28 Dec. 2023 This is our best all-around affordable electric bike. Adrienne So, WIRED, 27 Nov. 2023 In fact, for short trips, an electric bike or moped might be better for you—and for the planet. The Conversation, Ars Technica, 18 Nov. 2023 Connecting bike paths across urban areas as metropolitan Vancouver has done allows far more commutes to be done on electric bikes, reducing congestion on roads and transit. Michael Barnard, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of electric bike was in 1881

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“Electric bike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric%20bike. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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