Riding an Electric Bike Can Save the World

Riding an electric bike has many benefits and most parts of the world is just catching up with this trend. Actually we shouldn’t call it a trend, it’s more of a mission. We need clean environment to increase our life standards, and for those who are coming after us.

Environmental Benefits of Riding an Electric Bike

  • An electric bike does not burn and fossil fuels, thus it does not release any gasses to the atmosphere.
  • They use electricity as the main source of power, which can be obtained by renewable energy sources, such air sunlight, wind, tides etc.,
  • Building an electric bike requires a lot less energy than a car and it’s very similar to building a regular bicycle.
  • When properly disposed, batteries have virtually no effect on the environment. This part it very important, may it be the battery of your electric bike or your smartphone, never dispose your battery into the garbage.

Electric bikes help prevent air pollution:

Researches show that, using your car for a simple 10 mile round-trip commute for 5 days a week for a year releases up to almost 2 tons of CO2 gas emissions. Considering most of us commute alone to work most of the time, our basic habits actually have a huge impact on our planet.

Vehicle MPG Gasoline Emissions

Small Car 35mpg 68 Gallons .7 Tons of CO2

Midsize Car 20mpg 124 Gallons 1.3 Tons of CO2

SUV/4×4 14mpg 170 Gallons 1.9 Tons of CO2

During its lifetime, on the road, each car produces another 1.3 billion cubic yards of polluted air and scatters an additional 40 pounds of worn tire particles, brake debris and worn road surface into the atmosphere.

Bicycling significantly reduces transportation emissions while also reducing traffic congestion and the need for petroleum. The total number of pounds of pollutants, (comprised of hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide), emitted per year is 12,140.30 lbs/year (or 0.97 lbs/mile) for passenger cars and 17,025.80 lbs/year (or 1.21 lbs/mile) for light trucks. (*)

Electric Bikes are Reducing the Parking Problem

Most of us are not aware of this but parking lots are a huge problem for the environment. We have to clear up more natural land which is the habitat of many living organisms. Not only that, we need to use asphalt, tars and other chemicals to build the actual ground of the parking lot. This mixture of chemicals not only pollute air, soil and water, it also causes another huge problem; heat! Every open air parking lot is a heat island, increasing the heat in the area up to 10 degrees and adding up to our -already severe- global warming problem.

Whereas an electric bike requires minimal parking space. An average US parking space per car falls anything between 150-200 square feet. An average electric bike requires 7.6-8.5 square feet of parking space. So, you can really fit 26 electric bikes into one car parking spot.

Electric Bikes are Better for Short Trips compared to cars

As most car owners know, riding your car for short trips actually burn your precious fuel much faster than riding on a highway at a constant speed.  The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center found that 60 percent of the pollutants created from motorized transportation was produced during the first few minutes of the ride. In fact, starting the car cold and then driving up to four miles produces more air pollutants than driving on a long trip. The university found that 15 pounds of pollution could be saved if drivers would park their cars on short trips of four miles or less and ride a bike instead (**)

On average, Americans spend 55 days in traffic jams every year!

Economic Impact

Transportation is 17% of a person’s annual total expenditures. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this percentage has been increasing by an average of 0.35% per year. (**)

If you consider that an average Ariel Rider Electric Bike costs $2400, and charging your battery costs 0.8 cents, it can save you an average of 7-8k a year, considering you’re the type of a person who’d buy a new electric bike every year (which you clearly don’t have to).

(*) Source: http://youcanbikethere.com/environmental-benefits/

(**)Source: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cesan.nr0.htm