I bought my Father-in-law (78) a fat tire, folding ebike back in 2017 for $800.
He rode his ebike in Queen, NY to his fishing spot about 3 miles away and back. Once in a while he goes on grocery runs with his ebike.
All that was before the pandemic.
His neighborhood in Queen, NY was hit hard by COVID, freezer trailer with bodies, only traffic on the road were ambulances.
FIL (now 82 y-o) is back on his ebike, but not riding nearly as much on his own. I try to ride with him to local parks so he gets back to it slowly.
Maybe one day I will ride with him to his fishing spot again.
The reasons I bought a fat tire, folding ebike for my FIL is because they are very stable and easy to ride.
Tire pressure can be in the single digit and still offer excellent traction, control & comfort.
Low step-thru that makes them easy to get on & off the bike.
Low seat height so rider can easily put their feet down to steady themselves.
Hub motor is reliable. Mine was purchased back in 2017 and still functions as the day we received it.
Yes, they may be heavy when you try to maneuver on human strength or putting them onto a car rack.
But if you don't have to transport your ebike, the weight doesn't really matter.
They are not fancy ebikes, they don't offer high performance, they just get you where you need to be, cheap & reliable when you operate it within its capabilities.