Preston 13 May2023(TIE)
According to the Bicycle Industry of Australia, Australians are increasingly opting for electric bicycles, resulting in record sales of over 100,000 units this year, double the number sold just two years ago. Some are even willing to pay up to $20,000 for a top-of-the-line model.
BIA general manager Peter Bourke explains that battery-assisted bikes make sense in congested cities where parking is limited, and they allow riders to arrive at their destinations without sweating.
Additionally, they are encouraging more people to cycle as e-bikes provide assistance to cyclists, allowing them to tackle hills and complete rides with confidence. E-bikes can also replace a second car in households, and Bourke compares the price of an e-bike to that of a luxury car, stating that those who spend $8,000 on an e-bike probably spend $120,000 on a car.
Despite their popularity, Australian laws limit the amount of power e-bikes can provide, and motors must stop providing power once the bike reaches 25km/h.