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Electric Cycle

Updated on November 16, 2012

Electric Cycle

Just one of a variety of electric cycle models
Just one of a variety of electric cycle models

Electric Cycle

Amazing as it may seem, the electric cycle was first created in 1895 in the US by Ogden Bolton Jr. The electric motor was placed in the rear wheel hub and ran from a 10volt battery. Three years later Mathew J. Steffens developed an electric cycle that ran from a separate motor with a drive belt going round the outside edge of the rear wheel.

Although there have been several developments since then, it was not until the 1990's that the electric cycle really started becoming popular and being produced on massive scale. Now, in 2008, there are an ever increasing number of companies making motorized bikes and a greater variety of models available.There are several terms used to describe an electric cycle. Power bike, pedelec, E-Bikes, power-assisted bicycle and assisted bicycle are the most well known ones. The most common is 'E-Bike' which refers to a throttle operated electric motor version.E-Motorbike or Electric Motorbike usually refers to electric cycles that can travel up to 80 km/h. The term Assist Bicycle refers to an electric bike that provides some additional power to the riders pedalling and so makes his or her work lighter. This is also called Power-Assisted Bicycle. Often they have a power controller that delivers a varying current and thus allows the rider to control the speed of the bike.When it come to purchasing an electric cycle, the journey really starts on deciding what you're going to use it for, as there will be a model to suit most tastes and requirements. If you want an electric cycle just for commuting, then a simple Power-Assisted Bicycle should be good enough. Most of these models have a range of 20 miles and a speed of up to 20mph. The purchase price starts from $350 for the most basic model but can go into $1000's for the more sophisticated ones.If you don't want to do any peddling at all, the motorized scooter may be what you need. There are now some excellent models available that deliver plenty of power and will go a long distance before needing a recharge. These usually start at $600.Keep checking back as I provide more information about the Electric Cycle.

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