With an E-Bike, cycling is possible without pedaling.
The motor output of an E-Bike is activated and controlled by using a throttle or button.
Human power and the electric motor are independent systems. This means that throttle and pedals can be used at the same time but - in contrast to a Pedelec - they don't have to. This also means that an E-Bike is more or less used in the same way as a scooter or motorcycle rather than a bicycle.
Consequently, the term "E-Bike" was chosen because it identifies this type of vehicle as an electric one rather than a human powered one––just as the terms E-Scooter and E-Mobile do.
The level of motorization is a decisive factor for the marketing success of E-Bikes, just as it is for scooters and motorcycles.