Batteries Could Put Americans on Two Wheels

E-bike makers in the United States saw something of a miniboom in 2008, when gasoline prices spiked and people started looking for eco-friendly alternatives to the automobile.

Published: 18-Jan-2010

Technology has eliminated many of life’s milder physical demands, like getting off the couch to change the channel, or going to the store to buy a book.

The latest exertion to be conquered: biking uphill.

Electric bicycles -- a regular pedaldriven bicycle with a motor for steeper slopes and an optional boost -- is an idea that has been around for more than a century. But while e-bikes have caught on in certain parts of the world, particularly China, where tens of millions are sold each year, they have never quite captured the imagination of auto-obsessed Americans.

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