Miguel asked in SportsCycling · 8 months ago

How much does it cost to run an electric-bike?

I can't afford a car. I don't 

think anyone can without 

a college-degree. Anyway, 

I'd like to ride to work using 

an electric-bicycle or moped. 

Which one is better? 

How much would gas and 

insurance-cost? Thank You

6 Answers

  • pmt853
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Once you've bought your bike it can be recharged for a few pence a day. But remember to account for deprectation, your bike will sell for a lot less than you paid for it, and will need servicing and replacement for tyres, chain and other components at times.

  • Luke
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    You are wrong when you say no one without a college degree can afford a car.

    But get a moped or a motorcycle. 

  • 8 months ago

    Both an e-bike and a moped like device (49cc scooter or higher) have drawbacks.  First of all, they're both high priority targets for thieves.  E-bikes may or may not be legal, depending on where you live.  49cc scooters in most states might not require a license plate, but still require insurance & a drivers license.  Plus 49cc scooters tend to bog down badly on steep hills.  Over a 49cc scooter (say a 150cc) and you'll definitely need a license plate, insurance + sales tax + yearly personal property tax, just like a car or motorcycle.  

    A lot of 'Old School' bike shops refuse to work on e-bikes, especially the cheap ones found on the internet.  If you need to lug one up or down even a few stairs in your apartment or house, lots of luck.  They weigh a ton, around 50 to 55 lbs. compared to a lightweight road bike around 20 lbs.  Even a heavy touring bike only weighs around 30 to 35 lbs.  

    Know what's legal in all 50 states & requires no gasoline, no electricity and no insurance?  A bicycle!  There's been many times I've passed people on e-bikes going uphill.  😲  I'm not quite as old as my brother (Old Hippie).  But I'm pretty damn close.  If two old farts like us can do it, why not you? 🤔       

  • 8 months ago

    So?  I can't afford a car either living on Social (in) Security.  What makes you think an e-bike will be inexpensive to buy and maintain? 🤔  Got AT LEAST $2,000?  And that's the Cyber Monday $ALE price. https://www.raleighusa.com/retroglide2-r142

    Next; why do you need a college degree?  Follow Mike Rowe on Facebook.  American companies are screaming for skilled tradespeople in fields such as Electricians, Welders, Heating & A/C specialists, Carpenters, etc.  Many of these trade schools are low cost or FREE.  Starting salaries in the $60,000 range and up.

    Now if a gimpy, old man like me has been getting around for ELEVEN years on a regular (pedal powered) bicycle - why can't you?  And this one's on sale for $399.99!  https://www.raleighusa.com/port-townsend  No insurance.  No fluctuating gas prices.  No high priced insurance or repair bills.  

    Last...this is the cycling section - the sport.  When did it suddenly become the e-bike section?  Go get yourself a REAL bicycle from a REAL bicycle shop.  No Kmart, Target or Wally World bikes.  You can test ride them for FREE before the purchase.  It'll come professionally assembled & ready-to-go with a local "Service Warranty".  Meet my around town "commuter bike".  Now approaching 6,000 trouble free miles in 4 & 1/2 years.         


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  • 8 months ago

    You're asking about several different kinds of vehicles.  There's several things you aren't telling us.  

    1) What's the terrain is like where you'll be riding?

    2) What distance do you need the bike to go?

    3) How much do you weigh?

    4) What are your local legal statutes on mopeds, motorized bicycles, ebikes and powered kick scooters?

    Only a local insurance agent could tell you what rate they'd charge you.

    The cost of charging a battery is very inexpensive.   The cost of getting an ebike capable of meeting your needs could be very expensive.  If you can't afford to buy a car you certainly can't afford to buy or build a quality ebike.  For something good you're looking at $1500+ USA currency. If you're a big person, have lots of hills and have a long commute then you'll need a large AH battery which can cost $2000+ alone.  If the electrical system shuts down you've got a lot of extra weight to pedal. You'd have to look up your local legal statutes. 

    Mopeds and seated scooters whether gas or electric only have one drive system.  Therefore if the drive system shuts down you'll be pushing the bike.   You'd have to look up your local legal statutes. 

    Kick scooters whether gas or electric may not be able to carry a large person up a steep hill.  They can also be heavy to carry.  You'd have to look up your local legal statutes. 

    Motorized bicycles can be inexpensive to build and get great gas mileage.  As much as 100+ mpg.  However self built ones aren't legal in many places.  You'd have to look up your local legal statutes. 

    Source(s): Motorized Bicycle Owner and Builder.
  • 8 months ago

    i have a scooter i was using after my hip implant and all i had to do was charge it

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