Could an electric conversion kit be the answer?

By Jessica Durston - 22 April 2022

  • Photo provided by E-Motion

    Photo provided by E-Motion

The director of Swindon business E-Motion discusses the growing popularity of electric bikes and e-kits.

Director of E-Motion EVC Mark Butler says the popularity of electric bikes, and especially e-kits of late, seems to be growing. 

He believes this is due to many people owning one and then spreading the good word to family and friends. 

Mark said: "The benefits of using an e-bike for recreational rides, local commutes to work or the shops are many and varied, but the drawback for some has always been the relative high cost compared to an ordinary bicycle."

A good quality e-bike is £1,500 or more, and many are priced £2000+.

These bikes are high quality, made in Europe, and usually use the Bosch, Yamaha or Shimano drive systems. 

Mark says the technology is phenomenal and takes the humble bicycle to new heights. However, an individual can buy an electric conversion kit for their bicycle for a relatively cheap price and Mark says it will basically do the same job. 

An e-kit consists of a 250W motor wheel, battery, controller and associated wiring. 

A simple set up with a range of 30 to 40 miles' assisted pedalling is £650. This price includes fitting and VAT. 

Those interested in more information about e-kits can email the store via or call the store on 01793 251200.

Members of the public are also invited to visit E-Motion in person and take a look around the new showroom and workshop facility. 

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