is ten good reasons!
That may sound obvious, but it's the primary advantage.
A good electric bike effectively flattens hills, increasing
your average speed and eliminating the 'groan' factor
when a gradient comes into view. Provided you supply a
reasonable amount of effort, you can expect to climb hills
of 1 in 10 (10%) on an electric bike with ease, and clear
a maximum gradient of 1 in 7 (14%), or much more.
It sounds unlikely, doesn't it? But the mathematics is
compelling. Think of a steep and busy road, with cars
climbing at 60km/hr. If you previously slogged up the
hill at 6mph, but can tackle the same gradient at 20km/hr
with an electric bicycle, you will see 33% fewer cars,
and they will pass you at 25km/hr rather than 40km/hr.
Or at least, we think that's right. Whatever the figures,
there's no doubt that an electric bike helps to keep you
out of danger. The same applies to road junctions - the
faster your acceleration, the sooner you can get out of
Purchase cost is broadly similar to a conventional bicycle,
mechanical wear and tear is unlikely to cost more, and
electricity is so cheap as to be largely irrelevant, but
there is an extra expense in terms of battery depreciation.
Consequently, an electric bike costs more to run - typically
$0.04-$0.08 per km against $0.03 per km for a non-assisted
bike (a). However, electric bike running costs should
really be compared with those of a moped, or a car, when
the electric bike replaces car mileage. With cars costing
$0.50-$0.80 per km, an electric bike can save a great
deal of money.
Surely a conventional bike will keep you fitter? That,
of course, depends how much - if at all - you use it.
Research (b) has found that 46% of conventional bikes
are used only once or twice a week, with a further 30%
being used once a fortnight or even less. By contrast,
a recent survey of electric bicycle owners reveals that
a third ride their bike at least once a day and 81% use
the bike at least once a week (c). The figures confirm
our experience that an electric bike typically gets used
at least twice as often as a conventional machine. Because
riding an electric bicycle is a great deal more enjoyable
in hilly country, into strong winds, or when carrying
heavy loads, users tend to make better use of them. The
motor provides up to half the effort, but more regular
use means more exercise for the rider.
Sweat may not be a serious issue when you're out for a
leisure ride, but it's more important if you're cycling
to work. Although some employers are rather grudgingly
providing showers and other facilities for cyclists, the
great majority have no intention of doing so. An electric
bike eliminates the problem at source. In hot weather,
it's possible to maintain a normal schedule by transferring
a bit more load to the electric motor. In colder weather
- or if you feel in need of exercise - just throttle back,
or turn the motor off.
Clean & Green
Electric bikes obviously consume energy, where a conventional
bikes does not (if we ignore the environmental cost of
growing and processing food - see below). However, the
amount of energy used is very small compared to a moped,
motorcycle or car. The only consumables are the batteries,
and these can normally be recycled when life-expired.
As for energy use, electric bikes typically consume fuel
at an average rate of 100 to 150 watts of electrical energy,
against 15,000 or so for a car (admittedly travelling
much faster). In terms of fuel consumption, an electric
bike achieves about 290 - 700 litres/kilometre (d). No
other commercially available vehicle can match figures
of this kind. If it's hard to place these numbers in your
own lifestyle, think of a 100 watt electric light bulb
burning unnecessarily for an evening - that's enough energy
to propel an electrically-assisted bike for 35-70 km...
There's a lot of nonsense talked about sustainability
in transport, but an electric bicycle can be made genuinely
sustainable. Purchase electricity from a 'green' supplier,
or generate your own with a roof-mounted windmill or solar
panel array, and the vehicle's fossil fuel consumption
will be zero. Surely a conventional bike does that already?
Only if you grow the food you consume whilst riding it.
Unfortunately, most modern food production and distribution
is so fuel-intensive that the consumption of a typical
cyclist is not terribly good.
In theory a car can average a high speed, but in practise
speed often falls below 15km/hr in cities. The problem
is congestion - motorcycles get around this to some extent,
but they're still confined to the road network. An electric
bicycle can maintain a higher average speed than a bicycle
but take advantage of the same network of cycle facilities,
giving ready access to areas that cars and motorcycles
cannot reach. The result is often a faster door-to-door
journey time than any other mode.
High Resale Value
Electric bikes are new technology, and it's early days
yet, but the evidence points to a much better resale value
than a conventional bike. True, a typical electric bike
costs more to buy, at $1500-$2500, but you'll get most
of that back if you sell the machine on.
Motorised, but no Red Tape!
You know how it is... MOT due, log book missing, insurance
cost rising year on year. Electric bikes are treated just
like ordinary bicycles for legislative purposes, so there's
absolutely no registration or legislation to worry about.
You are of course free to insure the machine if you wish,
but there's no compulsion to do anything but enjoy yourself!
Sense Solutions to every day problems, E-Bikes
are a great example of ideas in motion that help to solve
both our personal and planetary problems at the same time.
So take a look at all the options and choose the one that
best fits your needs. Do yourself a favour, and order
one today. You can have an E-Bike delivered to your door
as soon as you decide.
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