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Can electric bikes run without pedaling?

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Yes, electric bikes (e-bikes) can run without pedaling, but it depends on the type of e-bike and its features:

E-bikes with Throttle: Some e-bikes are equipped with a throttle, similar to a motorcycle's throttle grip. When you engage the throttle, it provides electric power to the motor, allowing the e-bike to move without pedaling. This feature is convenient for riders who prefer not to pedal but still want the assistance of the electric motor.

Pedal-Assist E-bikes: Many e-bikes operate on a pedal-assist system. In this mode, the electric motor provides assistance when you pedal, making pedaling easier and more efficient. While you can choose not to pedal, the motor's assistance is activated when you do pedal. This means that pedaling is required to engage the electric power.

The choice between these two types of e-bikes depends on personal preference and intended use. Throttle-equipped e-bikes offer a more "motorcycle-like" experience, while pedal-assist e-bikes provide a more natural and active riding experience, with the electric motor complementing your pedaling effort.

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