Skip to main content

Even the Amish love electric bikes

From horse and buggy to electric bikes — how the Amish are embracing change

From not driving cars to not owning items like TVs or computers, the Amish have a culture with specific rules, but they do make allowances for modern inventiveness from time to time. One bit of technology they have opted to embrace is the electric bike.

While it’s been a popular mode of transportation for decades, the Amish have caught on to how e-bikes are a great, low-cost way to get around. Surprised? Here’s why you shouldn’t be.

An Amish couple in a horse and buggy.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Not all technology is banned

Here’s a common misconception about the Amish community: They don’t use any modern technology at all. Discover Lancaster, the tourism authority for Lancaster, PA, (aka a group that knows all about the Amish community) explains it best:

“As is typical of the Amish, when a new technology comes along, its effect on the church and community is examined. The technology should not be an intrusion into the home, but rather serve the social purposes and goals of the group. With that in mind, the Amish often re-purpose the technology, in a sense, to align with their community beliefs.”

  • They do use phones on occasion.
  • They use solar power.

We see the Amish as living in the past, not knowing what a cell phone is or having ever watched a movie. The reality is that they know plenty about the modern world and discuss which tools to incorporate into their lifestyle and which ones to leave to the rest of us.

Each individual Amish community is able to make the decision about which “outside world” bits of technology they want to use. From a community phone to certain tractors to battery-powered lights for their buggies, they pick which parts of technology will level up their lives without sacrificing their morals or going against their religious beliefs.

Why the e-bike is gaining popularity

David Mullett, owner of E-bikes of Holmes County and a member of the Old Order Amish Church, told This E-Bike Life, “It’s a lot quicker to jump on your bike and go into town than it is to bring your horse into the barn, harness it to the buggy, and go.”

The benefits are many:

  • Saves time
  • Easier to use than a horse
  • Saves them money

Why electric bikes? Mullett noted there’s been an uptick in interest in bikes since 2017, and that commuting to work was the biggest reason he’s seen for this.

Having to get the horse ready, load up the buggy to the horse, then how long it takes the horse to get to the destination versus hopping on that bike and taking off saves a whole load of time. Plus, it’s a lot easier physically jumping on the bike than doing all of those steps with the horse.

It also saves them money. If they have a job that’s too far, they have to call a car since they don’t drive themselves, which really adds up day after day. We have all canceled that Uber when the surge price hits. An e-bike lets them do the commute themselves without the extra cost.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

They are making the bikes their own

  • They’ve set up charging stations around their communities.
  • They are making their own versions.

Not only do the Amish love using e-bikes, but they are completely embracing them. Electric bike charging stations using battery banks and solar panels are popping up in local Amish communities and are usually quite full.

There are also communities making versions of the bikes that run on a small motor and a battery pack – complete with baskets to carry their stuff. We know the quality of their craftsmanship, so we’re sure their versions of the bikes are going to get better and better.

Yes, they make amazing furniture pieces and are able to show us how not to be a slave to smartphones and social media, but that doesn’t mean they don’t know the value of an upgrade when they see one. And as we look for more economical modes of transportation, e-bikes are only going to keep gaining traction.

Dannielle Beardsley
Dannielle has written for various websites, online magazines, and blogs. She loves everything celebrity and her favorite…
The 3 best ways to stay hydrated while mountain biking
Ways to carry water while mountain biking
Several mountain biking water bottles

There are many more things to consider than you would think about mountain biking. Often, we assume that mountain bikers climb on their bikes and pedal into the sunset. And while that would be great, being prepared for the ride ahead is usually job number one.

When preparing for a mountain bike ride, big or small, hydration is often the most significant issue you’ll need to tackle. You quickly discover the importance of hydration when you are two miles into your ride on a hot day and realize you’ve forgotten your water bottle.

Read more
Juiced Bikes JetCurrent Pro: Fast e-bike brand takes performance to new level
Is the JetCurrent Pro a moped disguised as an e-bike?
A Dessert Tan Juiced Bikes JetCurrent Pro e-bike parked on a dirt road with low vegetation hills in the background.

Juiced Bikes recently introduced the JetCurrent Pro, a folding e-bike that pushes the category's traditional standards to near moped level. The JetCurrent Pro isn't the most powerful or fastest e-bike you can buy. It doesn't look terribly different from other folding e-bikes, either. However, with the JetCurrent Pro's powertrain and its inclusive list of standard equipment, it's a short leap of imagination to wonder if Juiced Bikes' founder, Tora Harris, is considering a street-legal form of EV transportation that goes beyond the usual e-bike limitations.
Why the Juiced Bikes JetCurrent Pro matters

Harris, a former Olympic high jump athlete and Princeton University-educated engineer founded Juiced Bikes in 2009. Juiced Bikes is one of the earliest U.S. e-bike companies. Rad Power Bikes, another U.S. e-bike pioneer, eschewed e-bikes that exceeded the Class 2 20 mph limit until recently. In contrast, Juiced has consistently stressed high performance, with e-bikes that exceed the Class 3 28-mph limit in off-road mode.

Read more
Coast’s all-new Model 1 solar electric trailer is a luxe, off-grid-ready stunner
Sleek and luxurious, with a solar power system designed to run almost indefinitely off-grid.
Coast Model 1 solar electric travel trailer/RV parked near a pond.

The last decade has seen an explosion in tech innovation in the RV and travel trailer industry. With batteries and mobile solar setups getting cheaper, better, and more ubiquitous, many of today's recreational vehicles are finally capable of keeping up with the demands of today's tech-obsessed travelers. Case in point: Coast's all-new Model 1. It's a solar-powered travel trailer designed to take you just about anywhere without having to leave your gadgets behind.
Get the details on Coast's Model 1 solar electric trailer

From afar, the exterior of the Model 1 has the same recognizable silhouette as many of today's premium travel trailers. But, decked in jet black or two-tone black-on-white (it's also available in all white), it feels sleeker, more modern, more ... premium. The glossy shell appears vaguely futuristic, a hint of the solar-heavy tech that lies beneath. The genuine composite structure is made by, in Coast's words, "combining differing fully recyclable, re-purposable, and environmentally friendly natural components [that are] virtually waterproof."

Read more