Frequently asked questions about electric bicycles / How do electric bikes work?

Modern electric bicycles are powered by a lithium long-life battery that runs an electric motor attached to either the wheel (hub motor) or the cranks (center drive/crank motor.) Depending on the bike, you engage the motor by using a throttle on the handlebar (similar to a motorcycle throttle) or simply by pedalling. You have full control of how much or little power assistance you receive.