Does an electric bicycle make sense as an alternative to a moped or motorcycle?
I've always enjoyed motorcycling and riding mopeds. However, the associated costs seem to get higher and higher all the time; motorcycle garages charge a lot for routine maintenance, and parts and service really are a drain on money. Plus, I live in an area where it's really only possible to ride a motorcycle for 9 months out of the year (and that's with people shaking their heads in disbelief that you ventured out at 30F). Mopeds are more practical and cheaper, but I'm getting more environmentally conscious and 2 stroke smoke bothers me more than it used to.
Are there affordable electric bicycles that can reach speeds of 25-30 miles per hour or so, with very low maintenance costs, for less than $2K? If so, they would seem to be very attractive moped alternatives.