I'm more into the fitness aspect riding. I use mine to help extend my riding distance and time. I ride a Trek FX+ of which I'm fairly happy. It uses a Bionx system which can be bought independently and added to an existing bike. The Bionx bought independently can employ a throttle however the system is a little expensive.
My advise is to look around and to find the system that best fits your needs. It seems like you are taking the first step. Good luck
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They are fun but expensive and you usually have to be willing to fuss with them unless you spend really big bucks. Just buying a better bike will give you more thrills than electric and for less money I would guess. I would suggest trying both new bikes and electric bikes since you are probably not in a rush to get something. It can be difficult to get a good electric bike because most electric bike companies go out of business every few years and you can't get parts which is why putting a kit on a bike is still a good way to go if you like fiddling around with stuff.
If you are going convert with a kit, you can't go wrong with a kit from clean republic, who claims 5 minute conversion time. which is almost true, if you didn't have to slightly enlarge the dropouts for the motor axle. complete kit is about $400, including batteries and they are located in Washington. I was very satisfy with mine. I believe there is a video too. uses a Bafung motor and sla batteries to start with.