History of Electric Bicycles
An electric bicycle is a bike with an electric motor attached to the rear
of a bike that assists the rider while they are pedaling. This means that
a rider doesn't have to pedal nearly as hard, especially up hills
and other difficult areas. Some ebikes even include throttles, allowing
you to ride without even pumping the pedals.
The electric bike may seem like a new technology, but in fact, it is nearly
120 years old. Some patents for the electric bike were publish in the
late 1800s, dating this technology back further than many assume. The
technological improvements on the electric bicycle have been vast, making
it an extremely interesting piece of transportation history. Around 1870,
two inventors created what is believed to be a predecessor for the electric
bike. This motorized bicycle used a steam engine and an internal combustion engine.
At the end of 1895, one of the first patents for an electric bike was issued
to Ogden Bolton Jr. His patent was mostly centered on an improvement for
the bike, rather than a unique invention, so it is not believed to be
his original idea. Shortly after, Hosea W. Libbey invented an ebike that
used two motors and two batteries. Nearly 50 years later, Jesse D. Tucker
got a patent for a motor that used internal gearing and offered the ability
to freewheel. This mean the rider could choose whether or not to use the
pedals in combination with the electric motor.
The Ebike Today
The history of electric bikes may date over a hundred years, but we have
not given up on the technology. Inventors continue to develop new patents
for the electric bike, improving on the original idea more and more. There
are millions of electric bicycles sold in the USA and the numbers only
continue to grow.
Some of the latest inventions that have improved the technology include:
- Torque sensors
- Power controls
- Advanced batteries
- Better hub motors
More consumers are starting to realize the great benefits of the electric
bike and the ease of transport that it brings. With energy saving abilities,
the ebike will continue to grow in popularity over the years.
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