Developed by Nick Larsen in 2004, Charge is the result of a deep well of knowledge of what people actually want from an e-bike. The company originally made traditional bikes and was acquired by Durel in 2009. It wasn’t until 2020 that the brand returned to the U.S. market, rebranded specifically as an e-bike company.
Charge makes three models of electric bikes: the City (for commuting), Comfort (for cruising), and XC (for adventure). What makes them unique is that they’re sold nearly fully assembled, and packaged in 100% recyclable materials. In total, they take just minutes to put together — no complicated tools required.
All of Charge’s e-bikes also have handlebars that fold horizontally with the frame and pedals that fold up to minimize space, making them easy to take on the go. These bikes also have a reasonable range of 50 miles and powerful motors that will flatten out all but the biggest hills.
Our Review of Charge E-Bikes
Taking the lead in getting women into biking, the company launched a program in 2022 called Women in Charge. This is a women-led brand ambassador program that encourages women to use electric bikes as a major transport choice.
This brand makes great, affordable electric bikes that make a lot of sense. The deft touches like the folding handlebars and pedals appeal to someone at home who might not like to have to struggle to get around them.
We like the price point too, which isn’t the sort of money one might spend on a boat or second car. Though not eMTBs or racing bikes, these mid-priced electric bikes will handle most of what is thrown at them — as long as you choose the right one for your needs.