There’s been a resurgence of interest in electric bicycles amongst the Brit public, judging from the keen interest shown in two crowded concessions at a recent public Fayre in Hurley. And prices are dropping, too.
The ability to get a little extra ‘help’ when cycling up steep hills, for example, appears to have gained increased appeal to ordinary folk. Especially since an electric bike – which needs to be recharged overnight – has sound green credentials.
Presently the market appears to be split into three general sectors. The first type is effectively nothing more than a child’s scooter with a little electric motor attached. These are for fun and/or kids and are priced accordingly.
The second category is the ‘fold-up’ electric bike where portability is all-important. Although the original intention with such models was a bike that fitted inside a car’s boot, this capability also means they can be carried on overground trains and metro systems. Even buses.
TG Daily spoke to one keen retailer, Raymond Raven of Electric Bike World (EBW) which already has six outlets in England and one in Spain.
He claimed that battery life is no longer an issue with regular electric bikes being able to last for 35 miles on a single charge while 60 miles is not so uncommon and models capable of 200 miles also exist.
Still with EBW’s prices ranging from £529 to £1,229, this form of transportation can hardly be described as cheap.
However, Raven has a card up his sleeve in the form of the UK government’s Cycle to work scheme.
This scheme has numerous advantages for British employers as it enables them to deduct VAT tax and pay for the bikes in instalments, according to Raven.
With a mind for a bargain, TG Daily moved onto another local concession which resells scooters out of Wokingham. This firm offers far more affordable electric transportation.
The smallest of these was the E-scooter which Wokingham Scooters offered for a mere £40. It’s little more than a regular scooter fitted with a motor.
Next up was the Slayer Flyer which looks more like a scooter adults could use and costs £85. The real favorite, however, was the Street Shifter scooter.
Not only does this have a saddle so that you can sit on the scooter but it even has direction indicators so that it would be safe to ride on the roads. And it came in striking yellow. Normal price is £170.
TG Daily is expecting to road test the Street Shifter in the near future. Watch this space.