Getting lighter and faster, e-bikes reach cruising speed

by Dimitra Kessenides, Bloomberg Businessweek 


  • The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increased interest in electric bicycles, or e-bikes for short, as a sustainable mode of transportation and exercise
  • Specialized Bicycle Components Inc., based in Morgan Hill, California, built their first e-bike in 2013. They now have seven e-bike models and their sales have doubled over the past three years
  • Owner Mike Sinyard believes the electric vehicle of the future will be e-bikes:

“There are analysts saying that the most important EV isn’t cars but bicycles”

  • Though they are surging in popularity, e-bikes are still pricey for some consumers 
  • Anisha Sharma, the lead for Deloitte’s Tech, predicts the number of bikers is likely to decrease this year due to work from home and lockdown mandates 
  • However, increases in city and suburban density may help push e-bikes forward as an alternative over a second car

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign includes supporting clean mobility by working with partners to establish incentives that will help cities safely weave carbon-free technologies like electric bikes into their infrastructure.

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Nina Turner
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