A Comparative Study of 12 Electrically Assisted Bicycles
Timmermans, Jean-Marc × Matheys, Julien Lataire, Philippe Van Mierlo, Joeri Cappelle, Jan #
World Electric Vehicle Journal vol:3
EVS edition:24 location:Stavanger, Norway date:13-16 may 2009
A sample of 12 electric bicycles offered on the Belgian and Italian markets was the subject of a comparative quality and performance study. This sample contains electric bicycles of different price categories and with different drive technologies. This paper describes the test program that was used for the study and reveals the differences that were observed between the test samples. The electric bicycles were tested on the road in the Brussels region. An appreciation of the electric traction offered by the bicycle in different situations was given: electrical assistance at start, on a flat road, when riding uphill and when decelerating or braking with the bicycle. The vehicle’s driving range under real driving conditions, was
determined for the different electric bicycles. Also the electricity consumption when recharging the traction
battery was measured and allowed to make an analysis of the cost for driving an electric bicycle. An environmental analysis (well-to-wheel) was made of the electric bicycles and put against the environmental impact of a thermal moped and an electric scooter.