eBike Benefits over Cars or Motorcycles
The only running costs that are involved in running an electric bike are charging and service. Charging an e-bike can be done in a matter of hours and will only cost a matter of cents and although we suggest recharging after every ride (or draining the battery by 50% or more), an electric bike will still be significantly less expensive than fuelling a car or motorcycle.
Electric bikes are not classed as motor vehicles and therefore you will not have to pay for tax, registration or insurance, making them a much more economical mode of transport than a car or motorcycle.
Urban parking charges can be extremely expensive if you commute and park your car daily. With an eBike, you can easily lock them up at bike racks and avoid paying for parking. Some cities offer lockable bike parking for added security which is totally optional. After investing in your electric bike this may be something to consider, another benefit of many of these lockable bicycle parking areas is that they offer shelter which, if you live in a wet region will be crucial. We suggest that you take your battery with you when you lock your bike up, as it is an expensive component of your ebike, you will want to take care in preventing any damage that may be caused to it.
We recommend that you bring your electric bicycle to a professional bike mechanic once a year for a tune up to ensure that it is fully safe to ride. Due to the extra weight of eBikes and the speed and momentum that they travel at. Due to the higher speed that electric bikes travel at and the additional weight they carry compared to a traditional bike, the brake pads can become worn down faster than on a traditional bike and should be checked up on regularly and serviced when necessary. Regular maintenance will also reduce your ownership costs in the long-run as you can reduce the chance of needing to pay to replace parts.
You have much wider riding options in urban areas on an ebike than in a car or on a motorcycle because ebikes can be ridden on either the street or sidewalk (in most regions). Paying for parking is one thing, and finding parking for you car in urban areas is a whole other thing, on an ebike, not only will you never get stressed out looking for parking again as you can lock your bike up virtually anywhere, but you will also save that time you would spend looking.
A hugely popular type of electric bike are those that can fold. These are typically designed for commuters who will ride their ebike to their nearest public transport stop, fold it up and hop on. This style of eBike can typically fold and fit in the trunk of your car or into the storage are on a bus or train.
There is a lot of extra weight on a moped or scooter due to the motor, gas tank and chassis whereas most eBikes weigh a little more than regular bicycles and just have the additional weight of the motor and battery. This enables them to be carried and transported easily.
eBikes do not require any fossil fuels to run and are charged by a simple power outlet in the wall. Typically an eBike will emit less than 4% of the CO2 per mile compared to a car. Choosing an eBike for your commute will also save wear and tear on your car. Check out our 5 ways riding an eBike will help the environment.