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The Origins of the Electric Bicycle: Who Created the First E-bike?

The concept of an electric bicycle was first patented in the late 19th century, making it more than a century old invention. The initial credit for the electric bike, which we now see as an eco-friendly transportation option, is often attributed to a series of inventors who contributed to its development rather than a single creator.

The very first patent for an electric bicycle was filed in the United States by Ogden Bolton Jr. in 1895. His design included a battery-powered motor but did not have pedals, which is a key distinguisher from modern e-bikes that combine pedal power with the assistance of an electric motor. However, this innovation was just a rudimentary precursor and did not become a commercial product.

Not long after Bolton's concept, in 1897, another American inventor, Hosea W. Libbey, patented an electric bicycle that had a double electric motor. This design was more complex and resembled the contemporary e-bike to a greater extent, yet still it didn't quite reach the market with significant impact.

It wasn't until the late 1990s and early 2000s that electric bicycles began to gain popularity, thanks to advancements in battery and motor technology. Modern e-bikes typically combine both pedal power and electric motors to enable riders to travel further and with less effort, making them highly appealing for both urban commuters and cycling enthusiasts alike.

As e-bikes continue

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