Five years ago, e-bikes were given formal approval in China and their numbers have grown so fast that they now outnumber cars in many cities.
With the fast-growing number of car-owners among China’s middle-class increasingly straining the infrastructure, e-bikes are emerging as an economical, practical and environment friendly solution for commuters.
Unlike the e-bikes marketed in the West and India, China’s bikes are low-end and cost-effective. The cheapest range of e-bikes, which are essentially cycles fitted with a 12-36 volt battery, cost around Rs. 5,360.