It is a funny thing, the people who are against e-bikes are the very ones who know nothing about them. I think they are somehow viewed as a perversion of an otherwise pure invention. I believe they are viewed as neither a good bike nor a good motorcycle and, to be perfectly honest, (in most cases) they are correct! However, what they neglect to see is the application for just such a vehicle. What I mean by that is, with e-bike equipment, the bike gains weight (some bikes more than others) and sometimes they gain drag. So, they are less pure as a bicycle. Also, you can only carry so much power on a bicycle. So, they are less capable than a motorcycle. Now, just because a e-bike is less useable as a bike and not quite a motorcycle does not mean there is not an application for them. I drive a hybrid and I have been told by people who are completely uninformed that hybrids are too expensive and not as useable as a standard car and they are not a pure EV, so you do not get any benefits of either. That is totally not true! Like with e-bikes, they have their applications. As for my car, I drive 35,000 miles per year averaging 35mph with tons of stop and go. That is perfect for a hybrid! With my e-bikes, I have no interest in riding on any highway. But, there are many towns around here that are 10 miles apart. In order to do any kind of bicycle commuting, you need to pedal a HUGE amount. This is fine, but what about in super hot weather (sweaty)? How about when you do not have the time to pedal that far?
I believe what it boils down to is this; our world is stuck in their own axiom. Everyone sticks with what is familiar. I am just as guilty of it. What we need to do is continue making e-biking as attractive as possible, and give the public time to catch up.
1% of the world's population can think "Outside the box". The rest are firmly stuck within the box. Where are you?