An electric bike, also called an electric scooter or e-scooter, is a cycle with an electric motor attached to the front wheels used to power propulsion. The electric bike is one of many forms of hybrid vehicles that use an internal combustion engine to propel the rider and is usually classified as a high-speed electric bike due to this characteristic. Electric bikes are also sometimes called recumbent bikes, velobars, or roadsters. The electric bike is similar to the recumbent Schwinn bike in that it allows the rider to recline, but the difference between the two is that the electric bike places the rider’s feet into the pedals, rather than on the handlebars as with the Schwinn.
The electric bike is similar to other bicycles in that they are propelled by an internal combustion engine (hence, the name, electric bike). There are two major differences that separate the electric bike from other bicycles. First, unlike a bicycle without an electric motor, an electric bike requires an electric assist to keep the cyclist moving forward. The second difference relates to the energy source used to propel the bicycle.
Unlike a typical gasoline-powered powered vehicle, which would have a steady flow of gas to operate, an electric bike only needs to be plugged in to receive its power, and then placed into motion by being ridden quickly enough. This means that the rider does not need to exert force on the pedals to move the bicycle forward; instead, the rider receives help from an electric motor as the bike speeds up and down hills. This feature makes the electric bike a great option for people who may be trying to lose weight while cycling, since the bike uses little energy when climbing hills; since the rider doesn’t need to exert force to continue cycling, the overall calories burned during cycling can be much more than if the rider were riding in an electric vehicle, such as a vehicle with a gasoline engine.