As a result of the ever-developing global discussion on climate change and eco-friendliness, e-bikes are becoming increasingly popular among people all over the world. NorthEBike is an e-bike brand which existed far before this discourse ever happened to be so widespread. That time gave us the possibility to develop, test and improve the features of our e-bikes, so now we’re more than ready to be competitive in our niche.

We took the time to make a list with some of the most frequently asked questions about e-bikes, which our customers asked over the years. So, here is everything you need to know about the basic principles, which e-bikes are built upon.

Can you ride an e-bike without pedaling?

Technically, e-bikes provide a battery-powered “assist” which activates itself by the pedaling itself. In case the motor of the e-bike is less powerful than 750W, it is most probably programmed to reach a maximum speed of 20mph in throttle mode - if the model has a throttle mode at all. So in case you want to be faster - you’ll have to pedal along. That's precisely the reason why you don't need a driving license for it. 

Do e-bikes need charging?

Yes, they do. Batteries suffer from being left in a fully discharged state, so you'll need to charge them regularly. You can do that on or off the bike. Charging usually takes between 4 and 6 hours.

How long does the battery last?

The life expectancy of nickel batteries is around 500 charge cycles, and of lithium batteries - around 1000 charge cycles. They do not "die" afterward, but their efficiency starts dropping. Regularly used, an e-bike battery can last up to 5 years. 

Is it safe for e-bikes get wet in the rain?

Yes, of course. E-bikes are waterproof and are designed to match the weather conditions which every cycler is experiencing in the city or the mountains. Anyway, if you’re living in a region prone to heavy rainfalls, it’s wise to buy yourself some fenders, which will keep you and your bike dry. 

Do e-bikes need any additional service?

No, they don’t. You’ll have to take care of your e-bike in just the same manner you would do it for your regular bike. An annual service is just enough, in case nothing unexpected happens. 

Where do I have to drive my e-bike?

The law treats e-bikes like regular bikes, so you don't have to keep anything particular in mind. Use the same bike paths you'd follow if riding a manual bike.