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how much do e-bikes cost?

We happen to think that, alongside electric scooters, electric bikes are the future of transportation. They’re green, super capable, fun and healthy, and they can get you from A to B at a fraction of the cost of a polluting car or moped. There are also loads of different types for all kinds of situations and styles, but that can mean that it’s a it confusing when you’re trying to buy one. So how much do you really need to spend when you’re buying your first ebike, or your next, and what does that money buy you? Let’s take a look below.

Why do electric bikes cost so much?

Let’s just get it out of the way here: One of the first things people tend to notice about electric bikes is the price. With even relatively basic models often costing £1000 or more it can be a bit of a shock to first time buyers, who might be tempted by a cheap car or moped instead, but it’s important to remember that you’re getting a lot of high-quality kit for that money. While a car that costs the same probably has a lot in common with cars that are 30 or 40 years old, the technology in electric bikes is about as modern as it gets.

First you’ve got the battery. Just ten years ago there was no way something so small could push you up to 100 miles on a single charge, but while innovation like that isn’t cheap, it also offers opportunities that are only just becoming possible. Just one or two maximum journey a week can pay off the equivalent cost of your ebike in petrol within a year, and after that you’re actually saving money. Compare that with a cheap car, which only ends up getting more expensive as it ages.

Next up, you’ve got the motor. Now these motors aren’t your average dumb engine that stops and goes, they’re intelligent beasts that actually respond to your riding style as you move. Through a series of clever sensors, your electric bike motor feels how hard you’re pedalling and adjusts its output to match your speed setting. That means it works out how much harder than you it has to work to meet your desired speed, and adjusts its power output to match. Not only is that super smart, it also means you get way more bang for your buck. Feeling tired? You can pedal more slowly without slowing to a snail’s pace. Want to squeeze out some more battery power? Pedal faster to take the strain off the engine.

So why should I buy one?

While it’s undoubtedly true that there are other ways of getting about that are cheaper, there aren’t any that offer as many advantages as a good electric bike. A middle of the range electric bike will have a range of roughly 40km on just its electric motor, and more if you pedal harder as well, while hitting a legal maximum top speed of 15.5mph. This is achieved on a charging time of between three and six hours, using a standard electrical socket that is extremely cheap to use. For the vast majority of commuters and urban dwellers, that is far more speed and range than you’ll need on a day to day basis, and it’s a financial no-brainer.

While these advantages over fossil fuel vehicles are obvious, there are also advantages over push bikes too. Primarily this is because you don’t have to arrive at your destination sweaty and flustered, because you only have to pedal as much as you want to, but that also means living in hilly areas doesn’t have to set you back. With an electric motor, it’s a doddle.

Why are they so popular now?

Nearly a quarter of all the money spent on bikes in Britain was spent on ebikes in 2021, which is a pretty serious statement of intent on the part of the British public. We’re taking to electric bikes in a big way, and it’s easy to see why. Congested roads and irritating commutes on buses and trains aren’t one of the things we looked forward to most after lockdown, and many people have decided to cut them out of their lives completely. But as far as alternatives go, buying a push bike isn’t always a great option, especially when you have to cycle a long way or over difficult terrain. The electric bike is the obvious answer to that problem, letting you cycle as much or as little as you like so that you don’t have to have a shower every time you get to work. They’re also extremely fun, allowing you to go further and faster with less effort and t experience the thrill of cycling without any limitations, something we’re learning to love as we recapture our enjoyment of the great outdoors.

How can I get a good deal?

As with any product, the best way to get a good deal is to decide what is important to you. Electric bikes come in many types and models, so just buying an expensive one won’t guarantee you get what you want. If you’re looking for a lightweight commuter that’s nimble and easy to use, some of the larger bikes designed for range and comfort can be too heavy, so you’re better off opting for a cheaper bike. However, if you travel a long way often, you won’t enjoy the biggest savings on fuel if you opt for a low range bike, so it can be cheaper in the long run to buy a more expensive ebike with a bigger range.

The other option is to check out Moose, because our refurbished models are available at amazing prices with an official Moose quality seal, so you know they’ve been professionally serviced before sale. It’s the best way to make your first move in the electric bike market without breaking the bank, and benefiting from our no nonsense customer service and honest advice.