World Journal (世界日报) reports that electric bicycles are slowly becoming more common in the San Gabriel area.
In China, in contrast, the market is already booming. According to electric vehicle industry newsletter EV Insider, "Last year, the booming Asian economy manufactured about 25 million EV 2-wheelers, of which some 600,000 were exported.
Electric bicycles are environmental friendly, light, and do not require gasoline or license. The major expenditure of riding an electric bicycle is the cost of battery, which costs around $550 each. Fully charged bicycle can run for 16 miles, but the distance decreases as the battery deteriorates over time.
Still, the trend while increasing locally has yet to fully take off. The owner of a bicycle shop on Main Street told World Journal that because the sales of electric bicycles fall far behind those of standard bicycles, the shop did not stock any electric bicycle and would only order upon costumers’ request.