"The purists don't like it," he said. "They think you're cheating. I tell them I'm not in a race."
This is common remark heard by an e-bike cyclist. It is unfortunate that many people see any sort of bicycle as a device used for racing. Most will be put off by the price tag of an electric bicycle. However when you consider the positive benefits of exercise, the reduction of energy cost, and the light load on the environment, the car is soon exposed as the bigger cheater.
Links: Electric bicycle gives commuter a boost on 22-mile way to work - BaltimoreSun.com
Optibike - High Performance Electric Bikes