When I was telling my extended family about my experiences commuting on my e-bike, someone asked me how the effort and exercise compare to when I take my regular bike. I said it is about the same. Most of the people were confused at that statement. "How can that be? What's the point then?" were the responses I heard. I am sure individual personality and the bike choice play a big role here. Some bikes, read cadence sensor, just "want" you to move your legs and the bike does the rest. Some people pull their twist throttle and "motor" along. For me, I want the e-bike to be a practical transportation alternative and making the commute in a "reasonable" time frame makes it practical from my standpoint. So I hustle. I push myself. I work my ass off e-bike or not. I VERY obviously work harder on my regular bike going up hills, but on gentle climbs and downhills, I think I actually work harder on my e-bike. This is especially true when hitting the half way point. On my regular bike I get discouraged at times, or back off a bit because I am saving myself for a hill I have to climb. On my ebike I am encouraged by the speed/fun factor and keep going at it. Also, the torque sensor of the Carbon/Neo series
actually does encourage you to work. Haters keep in mind that e-bikes are freaking heavy!! If you don't use higher levels of assist, the motor barely compensates for the extra weight of the bike!!
All in all I think I get a similar aerobic workout on both bikes, but the the time is greatly decreased on the e-bike so commute for commute it is MORE exercise on the regular bike. Once again personality and bike choice play a huge roll here. Before I got my e-bike, I rented a couple of Pedegos
at the beach with a friend. I had so much fun, and barely worked at all on that thing. I pulled the throttle and zoomed along enjoying all the beautiful CA beach scenery.