Jimmy Mac On Two Wheels frequently receives inquiries from riders seeking advice on purchasing their first e-bike or replacing a disappointing e-bike purchase (as regrettably, there are many subpar e-bikes out there). It’s understandable that they may feel overwhelmed by the choices. As of my last count in November 2022, there were over 200 e-bike brands on the market.
To help streamline the overwhelming selection of e-bike brands and models, I always recommend that riders start by focusing on brands that offer models meeting the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) 2849 Standard. You can learn more about the UL 2849 standard by clicking here.
Additionally, it’s crucial to select e-bike brands that provide a battery disposal program. You can identify which brands offer this service by clicking here. While no one likes to think about replacing a battery, it’s an eventuality, and when it happens, you can’t simply dispose of the old one in the trash. Participating brands ensure their customers have a safe and responsible way to dispose of spent batteries.
By following these two pieces of advice, you can significantly narrow your buying options to a manageable number of e-bikes.