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How much does an electric bike really cost? Purchase, maintenance, accessories...

Woman pushing her electric bike bought at low cost.

An electric bike is actually affordable!


Of course, this depends on several factors. Most importantly, it depends on the driving experience you want.


Looking for an E-bike for Sunday rides? You may spend less money than if you are looking for an electric bike for daily commuting. Do you need an e-bike for hiking? Then you'll need to buy an electric bike with more durable components: stronger frame, larger tires , stronger motor.


Many companies manufacture electric bikes and set their own prices. How do you know if you are paying the right price for your electric bike? Does a higher cost always mean better quality?


Key questions for anyone considering investing in a VAE. Let's take stock!


Find the right price for your electric bike 

There are different types of electric bikes on the market: sport, road, hybrid, racing, off-road,... In addition to their use, the price depends on their quality, brand, use and features. That's all there is to it!


If you plan to use your bike mainly on the road, your choice should be an electric road bike or a hybrid. Forget the mountain bike!


However, if you're going to be slogging through mud, snow or rough trails, you'll probably need a MTB.


Look for reputable brands that sell reliable e-bikes with features that work for your ride. 

The price of an electric bike

Electric bikes can cost between (approximately) 1000€ and 10 000€. This price depends largely on the technologies that make them up, but especially on the motor, battery, frame design and components.


Less than 1 300€ : ideal for beginners and commuters

What you can expect

There are models available at (relatively) low prices via sites like Decathlon, Amazon, Go Sport or Alltricks.


The less expensive the bike, the less expensive the parts need to be for the manufacturer. If you are considering an electric bike on a tight budgetIf you have to consider an electric bike on a tight budget, you have to make compromises: lower battery capacity, reduced warranty, less durability, or basic equipment. Very average overall quality.


Don't expect to do performance with this type of EV. They are suitable for occasional, gentle riding on roads or bike paths.

Some electric bikes under 1 300€.

VAE


Decathlon Elops 120 E


Keola 716F(available on Upway 😉)


Scrapper Urban 2.0


Decathlon Riverside 500 E


Price


899 €


949 €


999 €


1 299 €



Between 1 300 € and 2 500 €: the best value for money

What you can expect

Most mid-range electric bikes cost between €1,300 and €2,500. They are mainly urban bikes. Perfect for daily commuting!


From 1500€, you can enjoy the first pedal motors, efficient batteries, a large autonomy and a more complete equipment.


However, you will have to invest more than 2000€ to benefit from a high-performance motor and components from major brands. This is the case, for example, of the Moustache Bikes Samedi 28 range. An excellent quality/price ratio!


Conquer the steep hills!

Some electric bikes between 1 300 € and 2 500 €.

VAE


Orbea Optima E50


Decathlon MTB Rockrider E-ST 900


Moustache Bike Saturday 28.1


Giant Entoure E+ 3 LDS


Price



2 199 €


2 299 €


2 300 €



Between 2 500€ and 5 000€: high-end VAE

What you can expect

Unsurprisingly, in this range, these are high-end electric bikes.


The muscular motors of these electric bikes are full of power and torque and are designed for performance. Add to that a long battery life, hydraulic brakes, excellent suspension and more advanced on-board computers. In general, it's comfort that's improving.


They are equipped with quality tires that can handle different types of terrain. You can cross anything! Be it asphalt, sand, mud, desert, snow or wooded hills.


In short, EVs between €2,500 and €5,000 offer you the best of both worlds: the ability to make daily trips around town, but also to embark on long weekend rides.

VAE


Cowboy


Haibike Trekking 6 High


Focus Jarifa² 6.8


Moustache Bikes Saturday 27 Xroad 7


Price


2 790 €


3 199 €



4 7 €


More than 5 000€ : for sportsmen

What you can expect

The most expensive electric bikes are usually reserved for enthusiasts and sportsmen. They are EABs with high-end components, assembled through complex engineering. They have a motor, autonomy, lightness, rigidity and exceptional braking performance.


High-end components and engineering can push the price of an electric bike beyond €10,000.


We find mainly in this price range: the cargo bikesthe MTB, the trail bikes or the mountain bikes.


Some electric bikes between 2 500€ and 5000€.

VAE


Cube Stereo Hybrid 140 HPC


Scott Ransom eRide 910


Moustache Bikes Saturday 29 Trail 11


Riese & Müller Superdelite mountain rohloff


Price


6 769 €


7 199 € (available for 6149€ on Upway 😉)


9 199 €


10 199 €


Price of an electric bike: summary table

Electric bike mechanics workshop.

Price range


Less than €1,000



From €1,000 to €1,300


From 1 300 € to 2 500


From €2,500 to €5,000


More than €5,000



Quality of the VAE


Low quality, models intended for occasional use for short trips, attention to the life of the equipment


Correct quality, prefer known brands


Good quality/price ratio


Excellent quality, for very regular use


All-terrain electric bikes, but above all exceptional, for connoisseurs and sportsmen.


Thanks to Upway's reconditioning, however, it is possible to pay less than 1,000€ for an electric bike that is usually in the higher price and quality ranges. 


The meticulous work of our professional mechanics allows us to offer you a very large selection of cheap ebikes, in a condition as close to new as possible. You can't afford the ebike of your dreams? Opt for a reconditioned model and benefit from an excellent qualityproduct , at a reduced price.


Factors that influence the price of an electric bicycle


Engine, power and speed

The performance and power of an electric bike's motor plays an important role in the overall cost of the EAB. Basically, the more powerful the motor, the more expensive the bike. The motor uses the energy from the battery to help the rider pedal.


The decision to buy a more or less powerful motor depends mainly on the type of outing you plan to make.


If you're climbing hills, you'll need a powerful motor that can propel you quickly without much effort. In this case, it's probably a good idea to invest in a more expensive bike with a more powerful motor.

The price of some engines :

Engine


Bosch Active Line engine


Bosch Performance Line CX 250W 36V


Brose pedal motor 250W 36V


Yamaha PXSeries TE Engine


Price


699 €


849 €


about 954 €.


999 €


Battery

Ask yourself: do I need a bike that can travel long distances per charge?


If the answer is yes, go for a battery with a long life. Depending on the brand, the price varies between 250 € and 1 000 €.


A Bosch battery costs on average 700 €, while a Nakamura battery costs on average 400 €.


The price of some batteries


Batteries


Battery Atlas 48V 10Ah


Neomouv 36V 13Ah battery


Battery Yamaha 36V 11Ah


Shimano E8000 Supercore 37V 20Ah battery


Price


about 306 €.


about 510 €.


about 759 €.


about 885 €.


Weight and frame

Prices vary depending on the weight and frame of the bike. However, this does not mean that weight and frame strength are always correlated.


Carbon fiber frames are more expensive than aluminum frames. This is because they are lighter, more reliable and stronger. Other materials such as titanium, steel and even bamboo have an impact on the cost of an electric bike.


Manufacturers are striving to build models with aerodynamic frames that have lower wind resistance while still meeting UCI standards. Electric bikes with perfect geometry will tend to be more expensive.


All to give you a better riding experience. The more comfortable and maneuverable your bike is, the more you can rely on it.


Additional features

Smart LED technology, lights, turn signals, fender, luggage rack and other accessories will usually come at an additional cost.


If you only want to enjoy the thrill of the ride, without burning a hole in your wallet, don't expect to get many of these extra components.


An EAB with a display visible at any time of the day (this is very important), showing your speed and battery level will be sufficient for most users.

Other expenses to expect

There is one more thing to keep in mind! Besides the specifications and base price of an electric bike, there are always recurring costs that you will need to consider.


If you buy a cheaper electric bike just because it's cheaper, you may be faced with a lot of unwanted costs: more frequent flat tires, motor problems, battery failure... In the end, it could cost you more than going with a slightly more expensive model.

Woman on her VAE bought at a low price thanks to the reconditioning.

Antitheft

To prevent the potential theft of your electric bicycle, there is nothing like an anti-theft device.


There are different kinds. For an anti-theft device of the very famous brand Kryptonite, count between 50 and 100€ according to the models. For an approved anti-theft device with a cable of one meter or more, count about 50 euros. Ideal if you park your bike outside.


To effectively dissuade thieves, you can also opt for an anti-theft device with an alarm. How does it work? Thanks to its motion detector, it emits a 100 dB sound signal when it detects suspicious movements. With a duration of 15 seconds, the anti-theft device will wake up the whole neighborhood. In addition, you will be warned of the attempted theft on your smartphone. Count on average 90€ for this device.


Insurance

Insurance is not mandatory but is highly recommended.


Without insurance, in case of damage or theft in a public parking lot or on the street, you will not be compensated.


With an urban EAB, it is recommended to budget for an insurance policy. The costs vary according to the value of the electric bicycle and the guarantees provided.


For example, for a bike worth 3000€, you will have to plan for an insurance of about 20€ per month.


Speed bikes, on the other hand, require mandatory registration and insurance.


The accessories

As for any leisure activity that presents a risk, it is advisable to equip yourself with the best safety equipment, especially a certified helmet to protect your head. You will find them between 35€ and 200€.


If you're going to be climbing a mountain pass, for example, it's a good idea to get elbow pads, knee pads and maybe even shin guards if you're going downhill.


You minimize the risk of injury!


In addition to safety equipment, you can also equip your EAB with cool accessories. These can befunctional and useful (a rear bike rack, a pair of glasses or turn signals), necessary (a Bluetooth smart lock or an anti-theft device) or just plain fun (lights for tires).


Consider the cost of maintenance

Mechanic who takes care of the maintenance of an electric bicycle.

Electric bikes tend to wear out just like conventional bikes. But they have many more components that can deteriorate: the motor, the battery, the gearbox/derailleur, the brakes... If you are going to use it as your primary means of transportation, it will need to be properly maintained to last.


To prolong the life of your e-bike, you'll need to perform regular, proactive maintenance (e.g. every 500 miles). It's worth the effort.


Here is a quick list:

  • A tune-up every 6 months is recommended. This can cost between 60 € and 120 €.
  • Repairing a punctured tire costs between 20 € and 50 €, depending on the severity of the repair.
  • Brake adjustment costs between 10 € and 40 €.
  • The maintenance of chains and sprockets costs between 90 € and 110 €.
  • The diagnosis of the electrical system costs between 30 € and 50 €.
  • Cables and sheaths cost between €15 and €25.

    Tip: Look for electric bikes marked as "easy to maintain".


Consider the cost of charging the bike

Rest assured, recharging an electric bike costs considerably less than paying for gas! That's one of its attractions!


One of the recurring costs associated with electric bikes is the cost of recharging the battery. It's a common question, but the math isn't that complex, if you do a little math.


Don't worry, we'll make it simple!


First, find the battery voltage and amp hours of the electric bike. Use these numbers to get watt-hours. For example, a 36V 10Ah battery has 360 watt-hours, or 0.36 kilowatt-hours (kWh).


Take a look at electricity prices. This varies depending on the supplier. The average cost per kWh in France in November 2022 is about 0.1740 € including VAT.


0.36 kWh x 0.1740 = 0.06264


Verdict: it takes a little less than 0,07€ to fully charge a 36V 10Ah battery.


Changing the battery

Batteries are designed to have a long life, but they can eventually wear out.


No need to panic! You'll know when your battery needs to be replaced. It won't give you as much life per charge.


The best batteries will keep you informed of their current capacity and the number of charge cycles already used.


Each battery has a lifespan of 3 to 6 years, depending on usage.


Changing the battery costs on average between 300 and 600€.

FAQ on the price of EABs

Man next to his quality ebike.

What is the average price of an EAB ?

In 2020, the average purchase price of an EV was €2,079 according to Cycles and Union Sport.


However, it's always a good idea to invest in a model with a good price/performance ratio. That doesn't mean you have to pay an arm and a leg for it. You just need to know where to look and what features to pay attention to.


Who is eligible for the ecological bonus for the VAE ?

The French government has set up a subsidy system to help you buy an electric bike. It is subject to several conditions, namely:


  • adults with a reference tax income per unit less than or equal to 13 489€.
  • people with disabilities who have proof of their situation.


What conditions must an electric bicycle meet in order to receive local subsidies?

To qualify for this assistance, the electric bicycle must:

  • be new 
  • have an assistance that reaches a maximum speed of 25 km/h
  • do not use lead-acid batteries
  • not be resold in the year following its acquisition

Assistance varies by department and region. If all the criteria are met, you can receive between 100€ and 600€ from your local authority. The State can add 300€ or 400€.


How to exchange your old car for an electric bike?

The conversion bonus can help you get rid of your old car and switch to an electric bike. How does it work?


Rules to follow:

  • you must have owned the car for at least one year
  • the car must be immaculate for the first time before January 2006
  • the car must be in bad condition (an expertise will be done)
  • the car must not be pledged


Checking all the boxes? Great! The bonus varies according to your income.


For people with an income higher than the reference tax income, the assistance is :


  • 2,500 for people living or working in a low emission zone (LEZ)
  • 40% of the purchase price up to 1500€.

For people who are disabled or have an income below the reference tax income, the bonus is even more attractive:


  • 4000€ for people living or working in a low emission zone (LEZ)
  • 40% of the purchase price up to 3000€.