While much of the conversation around the future of transportation has centered on electric cars, like the Chevy Bolt and the various Tesla models, not much has been said about electric bicycles. Maybe that's because our transportation system really isn't that bicycle friendly, though some cities and states are more bike friendly than others. For instance, Washington State claims to be the most bicycle-friendly state in America while Long Beach, California, claims to be a city for bike lovers. Mostly this means that these places offer a lot of bike lanes. But traditionally bicycles have been a way to get exercise. E-bikes, by contrast, are a genuine replacement for cars, at least for short commuter hops and trips to the store to buy small packages. The advantage of an e-bike over larger e-vehicles is not only that they use electricity but that they don't use a lot of it. If you really want to be kind to our overly carbonated atmosphere, electric bikes may be the way to go.
The E-Go Bike Flash 26-inch isn't the most powerful electric bike on the market, though it uses top-of-the-line lithium-ion batteries. But those batteries take six hours to charge and E-Go only claims that you can get 20 miles out of a charge, as opposed to the 35-to-45 miles claimed by Addmotor for their Cybertron C-350. Still, if you don't have a long way to go or just want to take a leisurely hop around the park, the Flash will provide an environmentally friendly way to do it, especially if you're not in the fighting trim required for traditional muscle-powered bikes. The Flash has a 500 watt motor and a large screen display that will show your battery life, distance, and speed, which can go as high as 20 miles per hour.
The family loves this bike. I bought for my asthmatic son so he can ride with us on bike paths. Suddenly his friends and other family members are showing up wanting to ride.
It feels very well built, does everything I want it to do and has got me back into cycling which I enjoy immensely. It is a wonderful bike.