Electric bicycles will grow in number if the technology continues to advance at the same rate, if not faster. What does the ebike of the future look like and how will it operate?
Increased Variety - As the popularity and usage of ebikes grow so will the call for a greater variety of products. Imagine ebikes designed to deliver multiple food orders and others designed to be used for the school run or large, family-sized trips to the grocery store. This increased variety of use cases encompasses everything below and is a direct result of an increase in demand for more specialized ebikes.
Lighter - As manufacturing processes and material technologies develop ebikes will become lighter. They will never reach the lightness of the lightest road bike but methods and materials will be found to make ebikes much lighter than they currently are. The same will also be true for many of their components.
Larger Range, Smaller Batteries - Batteries make up a large portion of the extra weight a bike gains when it gains its e. Again, expect to see technological innovation play a huge part in reducing the weight of ebikes whilst also increasing the life of batteries. As the technology gets better the batteries will get smaller and last longer and you’ll soon be able to choose between an ebike that can take you 100+ miles or a much lighter ebike that will take you tens of miles and be light enough for you to effortlessly carry up the stairs.
Higher Payload - whilst ebikes will get lighter they won’t lose any of their functionality as they do so. Some will want them lighter, others will want to be able to carry much more weight. Want to do a full grocery shop on your ebike? Or maybe you want to be able to drop the kids off at school before going to work? Soon this could all be a reality on one family-life-orientated ebike.
Durability of Parts - As ebikes become more prevalent and popular, customer expectations also rise. Ebikes, all in all, are still modified bicycles and full adaption of this older machine to its new, more powerful purpose takes time. This extra power increases the wear and tear on the components used on an ebike and, whilst the motor and drivetrain elements of many ebike already last for an exceptional amount of time, improvements to the robustness and longevity of these components will soon help the ebikes market boast a secondhand market similar to the secondhand car market.
One current solution already under development is the Link Drive Chain, and expect many other components of the ebike to get a rethink in the near future to greater increase their longevity.
Recycling of Ebike Batteries - We can all do our part to reduce the amount of toxic waste we generate by recycling batteries. You may have noticed battery recycling locations for AA and AAA batteries, but you might wonder where larger batteries, such as those in your laptop or ebike, can be recycled.