Growing adoption of electric modes of transportation has been touted as one of the ways in which every member of society can contribute to averting the looming climate crisis we hear about so much. Aside from 'getting fit', environmental concerns are one of the top reasons why many people have switched from their cars to other forms of transportation, such as ebikes. Do the benefits of switching to an ebike end with the reduction of carbon emissions?
The first thing which comes to mind when thinking about the benefits of cycling over using a vehicle is the lack of greenhouse gasses emitted by these alternative modes of transport. Ebikes and their manual counterparts emit zero emissions. Compare that to an average passenger vehicle that has a fuel economy of about 22 miles per gallon and drives around 11,500 miles per year will emit 4.6 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. This alone, will significantly reduce your carbon footprint.
LESS SMOG OR AIR POLLUTION
Smog and air pollution have been a growing concern in major cities throughout the USA and, according to the American Lung Association, nearly 50% of Americans now live with and breathe polluted air. Riding an ebike instead of using a gas or diesel powered vehicle cuts down on an individual's contribution to air pollution and greenhouse gasses, helping to make the world’s air cleaner and better for all.
NO NOISE POLLUTION
Simply put, ebikes make little to no noise, especially when compared to a car. The noise impact they have is not much more than that of a regular bicycle. As you can expect the motor on an ebike does emit some sound, but this is often masked by the sound of the tires on the asphalt, pavement, or dirt beneath you.
LESS ROAD CONGESTION
It may not seem like a big talking point but the more people who leave their car at home and choose to commute via an alternative method, the less cars there are on the road. In turn this means that traffic can flow faster and smoother, making the cars left on the road that little bit more environmentally friendly by reducing the amount of time they spend on the road and increasing their fuel efficiency on the commute.
BETTER FOR ROADS
Our roads are designed to be long-lasting, but they do not last forever due to wear and tear. As a result of riding a light ebike instead of driving a heavy car on these asphalt surfaces, you reduce the amount of impact and wear on them, increasing their longevity and reducing how often they have to be resurfaced.