What are Electric Bikes and How Can They Help Us?
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
What exactly is an electric bike? An electric bike is just a regular bike with an electric motor attached to it and a battery that supplies the motor with electricity. The motor is tough to spot, even if you are looking for it and the battery camouflages in with the frame to make it unobtrusive.
This electric, pollution-free power is what makes them so special. All you have to do is twist the throttle on the handle like it’s a motorcycle and the bike takes off on its own. And you’ll be able to get 30 to 50 miles on a single battery charge. That’s pretty far. And you can still ride an electric bike like it’s a completely normal bike if that’s what you’re into.
That sounds fun and all, but the big takeaway here is the amazing possibilities that electric bikes present to us. Millions of people drive around in cars just to go a few miles to work, school, the store or a friend’s house when you could have done yourself, and your planet, a huge favor. We’re not just saying this for the environment’s sake. You would save a lot of money if you were to abandon your car and go with an electric bike. You could go with $2,000 for a high quality e-bike with no additional costs or a car for $10,000 that also costs another $150 every month for gas. It might take you 15 minutes to get to your destination instead of 5, but that is easily outweighed by the many benefits:
- Electric power is 100% clean with no pollution released whatsoever.
- It’s much cheaper than any other transportation vehicle.
- There’s no license, registration or insurance needed. They are treated like regular bikes and allowed on all bike paths.
- There’s free and easy parking everywhere.
- You can slip right through congested rush hour traffic. Your commute could become faster.
- It can be good exercise (unless you go 100% electric and not pedal at all)
- You’ll become more in touch with the outdoors!
If you live in a city and 95% of your car trips are within a 5 mile radius, then an electric bike is the perfect fit for your lifestyle. The benefits outweigh the disadvantages 10 to 1 and the cost is less than a fraction. You’ll probably make your money back in gas within the first year. And for occasional trips that are too far for an e-bike, public transportation or Uber gets the job done.
Zappy Wheels is an online retailer of electric bikes for 15 of the top brands in the United States. To show our support to Carbonfund.org and their mission to help the environment through carbon offsets and reductions, we donate $10 for every electric bike we sell.
We hope this article helps to spread some awareness about the potential good that electric bikes can do for the world. If you’re interested in learning a little more about electric bikes, please do download our free Electric Bike Guide e-book. All you have to do is click on the book cover below and you’re all set!