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In addition, an e-bike works like a regular bicycle. E-bikes have gears with different numbers of gears, a chain drive, rims and tyres with inner tubes. Depending on the type of bike, the features differ from each other.
The advantages of an e-bike include the following aspects:
less stress in rush hour traffic
more fun cycling
health improvement through exercise in the fresh air
longer distances can be covered without exhaustion
shared leisure time fun, as differences in performance are compensated for
In this way, even older people or those in poor health can enjoy a ride in the fresh air without being afraid of ascents. The fun of the sport is maintained and health is promoted at the same time. In addition, you do not consume any fossil fuels and thus make your transportation climate-friendly.
S-pedelecs are equipped with unlimited pedal assistance. These models require a moped licence and insurance.
Pedelecs with limited pedal assistance differ in that the motor only assists you when you pedal at the same time. The maximum motor speed is 25 kilometres per hour. Pedelecs do not require a driving licence or insurance.
E-bikes, on the other hand, which reach a maximum speed of up to 45 kilometres per hour, are subject to registration in accordance with the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO). Helmets are compulsory for these bikes. A driving licence and valid insurance are also mandatory.
For models subject to registration, you need liability insurance in order to participate in road traffic with your e-bike. Conventional e-bike insurance is sufficient for models that are not subject to registration. They can be added to your household insurance, for example.
Some e-bikes can go up to 45 kilometres per hour. However, these are subject to registration and may only be ridden by persons with a driving licence.
Particularly light e-bikes weigh about fourteen kilograms. You should take the permissible total weight into account when deciding what to buy. Often, e-bikes are approved for a total weight of up to 120 kilograms, so that the load limit can quickly be reached by a heavy rider with luggage.
There are also so-called Incube models where the battery is integrated into the frame. With these models, the battery can be charged directly on the bike, for example if you have a socket in your garage or shed.
When charging the battery, you should always plug the power supply unit into the socket first and then connect it to your e-bike or the battery. This prevents short circuits and consequential damage.
An e-bike consumes about 0.7 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity over a distance of 100 kilometers, which is about seven watt hours (Wh) per kilometer. To put this into perspective, one kWh is roughly equivalent to a washing machine load or seven hours of television.
In order to use your battery for as long as possible, you should care for and maintain your battery accordingly. You should avoid completely discharging the battery and not leave your battery on the charger for an unnecessarily long time when it is fully charged.
It is recommended that you charge your battery when it has 20 percent charge remaining, up to a charge of 90 to 95 percent.