I disagree with a lot of that. The vast majority of bike and/or ebike owners in this country park their bikes in the wintertime. Because the vast majority of people don't live in warm winter climates. At the most you will see a few bikes out on the roads in the winter, but very few. Just take a ride in 30s or 40 degree weather and tell me how many bikes you see. Hardly any. This idea that a bike that sells for less then 2 grand will fall apart fast is nothing more than a sales pitch thrown out there to reel in the fish with the deep pockets. I ride with a bike club with ebikes. Some expensive, some not. I see nobody with the less expensive ebike complain about breakdowns or having any more mechanical problems than any others. These bikes are well built and when a part needs replaced, it's no big deal. As for a company going out of business, that can happen to any bike maker. In the end, a well made, less expensive, ebike can be good for many years if it's well maintained like any other vehicle. You just have to shop smart and take care of you're ride.or they choose to live places where the weather won't kill you a fair percentage of the time.
pros and cons, no doubt. but safe to say a lot of people use their bikes far more than you do, prefer to drive far less, and as such need to know the bike is reliable and well supported. i'm not saying any particular bike is or isn't, just that in general the very inexpensive eBikes do not seem to be built to last.