Gas prices in Charleston are way too high, especially compared to the price of electric. Add in the effects of carbon dioxide emissions and it is easy to see why switching to an electric bicycle is ideal. That said, many of us do not have 50 grand lying around for a Tesla. 

Due to this, seeking better priced alternatives, such as a cheap electric bike, is preferred. To help you make the planet and money saving jump from gas powered vehicle to e bike, we’ve comprised the following guide in case you’re in Charleston and looking for a new e-bike.

Price Range of the Best Electric Bicycles

After doing a quick search for cheap electric bicycle, you will find the lowest ebike to be about $500. However, this low amount does come at a price. Buyers typically need to assemble the electric bike and you will usually be missing pieces. Although this can be done at home, in many cases this construction needs to be done at an ebike shop otherwise the warranty is voided. 

And considering the employees at the electric bike shop near you may not be able to complete this assembly due to a lack of gear, it can be a real nightmare. Going with a lower priced electric bicycle also means lower quality components… which will lead to a much higher failure rate.

To bypass this issue, savvy shoppers typically spend a bit a little more for their foldable electric bike to ensure they receive a higher quality unit. A popular Charleston Electric Bicycle that also has the folding feature would be the Bintelli F1 E-Bike.

Insurance Coverage

With some ebikes being well over $50,000, it is natural to want to purchase some type of insurance for your foldable electric bike. That said, even if you get a cheaper ebike that is under $2,000, it is an investment worth protecting.

Unfortunately, not all insurance companies see it this way. For example, to-date, State Farm does not offer coverage for electric bikes. 

However, there are some reports of USAA, Markel, and American Family Insurance offering coverage. In these instances, the ebike was covered either as part of the personal property portion of homeowners insurance or as a separate policy.

Either way, with electric bicycles not being mainstream yet, it is advisable to ask your insurance provider where they stand before you opt to drop a few grand on a portable electric bike.

Electric Bike Features

When it comes to buying a cheap electric bike, the phrase “you get what you pay for” seriously does apply. With these babies being so new to the market a standard in regards to what people need has not been set yet.

For example, when it comes to a foldable commuter electric bike, you probably want most of the following features give or take a few.

  • Integrated headlight that turn on from the handlebars
  • Tail light that shines when you pull the brakes
  • Front and back suspension
  • Cushion seat
  • Pedal assist
  • Small when folded
  • Mud guards
  • Shielded, key operated battery
  • Display screen

Sounds ideal, right? There are electric bikes available under $2,000 that almost all of those essential items. Yet, on the higher end of the scale, say $9,000, a distinct lack of these must-have features are missing.

Needless to say, when you search for “cheap electric bikes for sale” be sure to take what you want the ebike to have into consideration. Give Bintelli Powersports a call at 843-405-8366 and we would be happy to assist you in finding the best electric bicycle to suit your needs!

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