In a broad sense, an electric bicycle or e-bike is a bicycle with pedals and a rechargeable, electric motor assist. We have identified no fewer than 120 e-bike manufacturers worldwide, and there are many more. Designs and uses vary widely. Technology is evolving. Strong sales are a much needed boon for the otherwise stagnate bicycle industry. According to the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association or People for Bikes, e-bike sales in the U.S. have nearly doubled every year since 2016.
The European Cyclist Federation (ECF) reports that e-bike sales made up nearly 25 percent of the German bicycle market in 2018. German manufacturers reported a 51 percent jump in exports during the same year.