Understanding ZZMERCK Electric Bike Modes: Throttle vs. Pedal Assist (Pedelec)

There are many different types of electric bikes with different ways of activating the electric assist.

There are many different types of electric bikes with different ways of activating the electric assist.
Usually the market supply these throttle types (twist grip, thumb, push button), pedal assist types (torque sensor and cadence sensor).
For ZZMERCK electric version triycle and quadricycle, most are with thumb throttle type. 


Thumb throttle on velo taxi bike.
Now let us learn the throttle vs. Pedal Assist (Pedelec).
Throttle Mode
The throttle mode is similar to how a motorcycle or scooter operates.  When the throttle is engaged the motor provides power and propels you and the bike forward.
A throttle allows you to pedal or just kick back and enjoy a “free” ride!  Most throttles can be fine tuned like a volume dial between low and full power.
Pedal Assist (Pedelec) Mode
Pedal assist, also referred to as pedelec, is a mode that provides power only when you are pedaling.  If you are used to riding a traditional bike, the pedal assist mode has a more intuitive feel compared to the throttle mode.
The pedal assist mode is also nice because you can focus purely on your pedaling and you don’t have to hold the throttle in a certain position.
Since you have to pedal, the pedal assist mode will generally give you more range when compared to the throttle mode.  Here are 10 tips to increase your electric bike’s range.
A lot of pedal assist bikes have different levels of assistance, for example: low, medium, or high assist.  Please note that some e-bikes have 4 or 5 pedal assist settings, but for this example we will just stick with low, medium, and high.
And our bikes have 5 or 6 levels of assistance.
 zzmerck electric pedicab j.jpg
Set PAS as 6 level on display.
Low pedal assist = you are feeling pretty good on the bike.  Low assist provides a little electric assist while you provide more pedal power and get more of a workout.
Medium pedal assist = you have a nice tailwind everywhere you go.  Medium pedal assist can be a nice balance of your pedal power and the motor power.
High pedal assist = you feel like superman!  High pedal assist is when you want to get somewhere quickly and with minimal effort.
Some e-bikes come equipped with both the throttle and the pedal assist modes.
On some e-bikes you can be operating the bike in the pedal assist mode and then get an additional boost by twisting the throttle.
There are also e-bikes that have both modes, but they cannot be used at the same time.
For ZZMERCK electric version triycle and quadricycle, Commonly we equip pedal assist mode for Europen market since throttle electric bike is not allowed in most of Europen countries.
And equip both throttle and the pedal assist modes for other markets such as USA, Canada…
Ps: only our electric version surrey bike comes with pedal assist mode only for all marets.
I hope this helps in understanding the different electric bike assist modes and our electric bikes.

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