Why Are Car Companies Making E-Bikes?

It's an oddity, to me, to see so many car companies playing around with electric bicycles, while motorcycle companies on the whole are shying away from e-bikes entirely - even though motorcycles were born from bicycles.

Yes, the first motorcycles were bicycles with motors bolted on to them of course, so you'd think, almost expect, more motorcycle companies jumping on to the big and famous EBIKE BANDWAGON in an effort to "go back to their roots". In stead, we see far more automobile companies (those things with the 4 wheels instead of the 2 taking a heaping interest in 2-wheeled bicycles powered by electric motors and fueled by lithium batteries. 

Why this interest from car companies and why almost zero interest from motorcycle companies? 

Case in point- virtually no one owning a Ford has ever said to their dealership while comparing cupholders on a minivan - "Say, do you have any small little 2-wheel bicycles with a motor that can get me to and from work and not go too fast or cost me too much or require insurance and such?" But, on the other hand, many a motorcycle dealership has heard from newbie riders looking for small displacement "motorbikes" like they used to make, that didn't cost an arm and a leg and didn't threaten an arm and a leg by making it easy to go 155 MPH on the back straightaway of a race track.

And yet, hardly any motorcycle companies have stepped up with anything resembling an e-bike. KTM Industries, which is technically a separate from KTM motorcycles company does make great e-bikes and has for a long time. Polaris is also dabbling in them through licensing agreements. Benelli has come out with a great line. But where is Honda's e-bike? Where is the Yamaha e-bike? 

The companies making excellent performance oriented e-bikes: Haibike, Felt, Lapierre, A2B are boldly filling a void that the motorcycle industry is shamefully ignoring, to their folly. Their bikes are making gas powered mopeds and scooters irrelevant and they take things a step further by creating a new category of performance and sport oriented small displacement motorbikes that blur the lines between bicycle and motorcycle. 

So, on the one hand- there's the question - why isn't Kawasaki making an e-bike? But, on the other hand- why is Ford? Why is Audi? 

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San Francisco, CA. Motostrano, San Francisco's premiere e-bike shop with two locations servicing the greater Bay Area, today said it has launched a pilot Mobile E-Bike Repair & Service program under its Ebikelane brand and urban e-bike store based in San Francisco and Redwood City California. 

"Building on the vast experience and knowledge in servicing electric bikes we've gained over the past 8 years working with them, "Ebikelane Mobile" is now offering remote e-bike repair, service and bike-building services for e-bike owners and manufacturers around the Bay Area as an add-on service to our existing brick-and-mortar operations", said Joe Witherspoon Motostrano founder and President. "The need is already there and we think we are better positioned than any business to offer this mobile service."

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E-bike owners who don't have a good e-bike specific shop to go to can now call up EbikeLane Mobile and get the great service Motostrano/Ebikelane are known for in their home. Additionally, with the growth of online ordering of e-bikes, owners who bought their e-bikes online but need to have their bike's final assembly done by a mechanic no longer have to figure out how to get that giant e-bike box to a bike shop that may or may not have the full experience needed to build the e-bike in the first place. Ebikelane will also recycle the bike box. 

"This is a win for the consumer and also the e-bike industry who's looking for a way to expand the e-bike market to a bike industry who so far has been resistant to adopt e-bikes and a consumer base who wants to know they will be taken care of," said Witherspoon. "In fact, traditional bike stores who don't know how to work on e-bikes can use our service as a sales tool. E-bikes are in high demand and there's hundreds of brands and models. It's our job to stay on top of them and ensure they keep on buzzing."

Motostrano is a privately owned company based in Redwood City and San Francisco started in 2002. www.motostrano.com  




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BOOK ONLINE: Now you can book your electric bike rental or tour directly on our web site. Our online booking system lets you book your ebike rental and tour online but you can always call our staff too. 

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