E-bikes as an alternative to cars are gaining ground in the face of rising gas prices

As gas prices continue to rise in California and across the country, some are considering alternative modes of transportation to help ease the pain at the pump.

At Fresh Electric Bikes, an e-bike shop in Huntington Beach, there has been a surge in e-bike sales during the pandemic and especially now that gas prices continue to rise.

For those unsure, maybe it’s the cost – it’s a bit more than a traditional bike.

They start at $1,500 and can go up to around $2,800, depending on what you’re looking for.

You don’t even have to pedal on the way to work, maybe do some pedal assist on the way home and exercise.

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A good option – they also rent bikes here at Fresh Electric.

To charge they give you a charger – take it out and plug it in like a cell phone.

At last check, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in California is the highest in the country at $5.44, according to AAA — a number that is expected to rise after President Joe Biden banned Russian oil imports on Tuesday in response to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Governor Gavin Newsom has offered to send money back to taxpayers to offset record gas prices, but rejected calls for more oil drilling, saying he wanted to free the state “once and for all from the grip of the petro-dictators”.

Newsom’s proposal, announced during his annual state of the state address, would likely take the form of a tax refund. But the governor gave no details, saying he will work with legislative leaders “to put money back in the pockets of Californians to deal with rising gas prices.”

Electric bike prices can range from around $2,400 all the way up to $6,000 and beyond depending on your needs and abilities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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