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The First Mass-Market E-Bike

Old 04-07-24, 03:46 PM
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The First Mass-Market E-Bike

….was actually released way back in 1980 by Panasonic in Japan. It was known as the “Electric Cycle,” and was a power-assist bike with a 24 volt battery. This bike paved the way for what would become one of the most popular forms of transportation for Japanese housewives, with millions of such bikes sold.





Panasonic is still selling such bikes in Japan, and they are a common sight in front of markets, shopping centers, and playgrounds. And the overall theme of the new bikes hasn’t changed very much.


Similar bikes are now made by a variety of manufacturers for sale in Japan, but the Panasonic Electric Cycle was the first.
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A newer bike but still cool. Gazelle with help from Phillips back in 1936 probably did one of the earlier e-bikes (probably not the first but early mass-market)
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Interesting history; the first electric car in the US was in 1890. There was a patent for an electric bicycle too, but the weight of the wheels and low battery capacity made it infeasible.
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