Demand for e-bikes surges amid high gas prices in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — As gas prices continue to hit record highs, Las Vegas’ largest e-bike dealer says there’s been an e-bike boom.
“Three to four weeks ago we started seeing a lot more customers coming into the store…We literally talk to every customer about the cost of fuel,” said Jordan Clark, owner of Pedego in Henderson, Summerlin and a brand -new boutique at Lake Las Vegas.
Clark first tried an e-bike while vacationing in California.
“I was a big guy so I was about 330lbs…I wasn’t sure if the bike could hold me…but I went to talk to the guy and he said no problem. actually, I rode 30 miles that first day and felt so liberated,” Clark said.
When Clark returned to Nevada, he bought his own e-bike.
“I just got more and more active and started meeting more people, and then last year, I felt so in love, I bought the store,” Clark said.
With gas prices rising, Clark said e-bike sales are booming.
“On the same Thursday in 2021, our store sold zero e-bikes. Yesterday we sold five,” Clark said.
Jerry Malone rides his Pedego e-bike almost every day.
“I can’t think of a single negative thing about having an e-bike. There is nothing negative,” the 81-year-old said.
He also rides it to work at the Pedego in Henderson about eight miles from his house.
“Thirty to thirty-five minutes from Sun City Anthem and about a 15-20 minute drive,” Malone said.
Riding an e-bike instead of driving saves him money, the 16-mile round trip would take about a gallon of gas saving him about five dollars a day.
Electric bikes cost between $1,800 and $6,000. For Malone, his is worth every penny.
Pedego e-bikes can travel 50-100 miles on a single charge and if the battery dies, you can ride the e-bike like a regular bike.
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