Electrical bicycles rise in popularity across Europe

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The new Stromer ST2 S electrically assisted bike is the latest in a trend towards two-wheeled electrical transport.

The rise in popularity of two-wheeled electric transport has taken another leap forward with the recent release of the Stromer ST2 S electrically powered bicycle.

Benefitting from the options of being either conventionally pedal-powered or driven electrically, this kind of transport is likely to become popular with city commuters as an alternative to small electric cars, public transport or pedal-powered bicycles.

The Stromer model looks closely similar to a bicycle, albeit one that is rather heavy-looking. The electrical power system and batteries are carefully hidden within the frame so that the overall look isn’t compromised for the style-conscious potential buyers.

The power system delivers 500W of electrical energy, which is enough for a range of up to 110 miles (177 km). This can be extended through various levels of pedal-assistance as well as regenerative braking, which sends energy back into the battery when the rider applies the brakes.

Commenting on the possibility of an increase in electrically assisted bikes in urban environments, Dr Sally Cairns, a senior research fellow at TRL said, “Electrically-assisted bikes – or pedelecs – are like normal bikes in the sense that you continue to pedal. However, you can also switch on battery-powered assistance to reduce the effort required.”

Despite EU legislation placing limits on power and speed, the pedelecs are rapidly growing in popularity, as explained by Dr Cairns, “In the UK last year, more than 25,000 of these machines were bought, compared with 14,500 electric cars. Across Europe, a variety of measures are being introduced to encourage their take-up and we expect to see far more pedelecs on UK roads in 2016.”

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