According to National Geographic, one motor vehicle produces a high percentage of toxic gases into our beautiful mother earth. It can put out more than 30% of carbon dioxide. Chokes out 80% of carbon monoxide. And it emits 50% of nitrogen oxide each year in the US. Much of this pollution is produced by making short trips in a car to work. Going to to the store and back. Running errands. And from just driving around town.

Now, if you could switch some of these short rides from a car to riding an electric bike, imagine the possible reduction. You could cut down on harmful gas emissions and fossil fuel usage. And, get some exercise, because electric bikes are pedal assist (they are not mopeds or scooters).

an electric bike in a corn field

The Electric Bike Impact on the Environment

(This is written by what we think are the “genius” engineers of electric bikes, Grin Technologies.)

Surprisingly, electric bikes can have a smaller environmental footprint than pedal-only bicycles. Not convinced? Look at it this way, a human powered vehicle is using the human metabolism to convert food energy into work, with a conversion efficiency of about 25%. That’s the first part of the picture, then we have to step back and look where the food energy comes from. In North America and Europe, the food is grown with the aid of chemical fertilizers and machinery, it is then transported, processed, packaged, transported, sold, transported again, and finally cooked before consumption. In the end about 10 times more primary energy went in to producing the food than is actually stored in the food itself. The net effect is that for every unit of human energy used on a bike, about 40 times that much was consumed.

Riding at the farmers market
Pedal an electric bike
instead of driving a car.

By comparison, with an electric vehicle you are taking primary energy from the grid and storing it in a battery at between 60-80% efficiency, and then converting it to work through an electric motor with roughly 75% efficiency. That’s a lot more direct than the human route. Once you take into account the energy to manufacture and recycle the batteries, e-bikes end up consuming from 2 to 10 times less fossil fuel energy than their human-powered equivalents. To see more details and references, have a look at the Ebike Energy article.

Also, electric bikes open up cycling to a whole slew of people who would otherwise be driving a car. It’s wrong for cyclists to assume that anyone can ride a bike. Many people would like to, but find it impractical or impossible because of hills, distance, health reasons, knee problems, aging, or even the inconvenience of having to shower and change at work. Ebikes suddenly make biking a whole lot more accessible to the 98% of our population who aren’t cyclists.

We invite you to try one of our electric bikes, even if you’re not interested in purchasing one. It’s worth learning what they’re all about.

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