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What Happens When You Ride an Ebike Instead of a Car

We are reminded every Earth Day there are small things we can do to make life on this big, beautiful planet a little greener.

It can sometimes be as simple as, well, riding a bike.

We have observed that when someone starts riding an electric bike, they naturally drive less.

Maybe that's because a ride in the fresh air and sunshine is much more enjoyable than sitting in a cramped car. Maybe it's because ebikes make parking and avoiding traffic easier.

Either way, it's a win for the environment.

For every mile driven, the average car emits 404 grams of CO2, a greenhouse gas that affects the climate.

Each mile you ride a bike reduces your carbon footprint since an average passenger vehicle produces about 4.6 metric tons of CO2 per year.

In fact, a study from the Transportation Research and Education Center found that emissions can be reduced by 11 percent in a typical city if 15 percent of people use ebikes to commute.

Check out how using an ebike instead of a car can help you reduce pollution in your daily life - without sacrificing any convenience.

Grocery Shopping 

The average American will drive about four miles to reach the supermarket. Every time you buy groceries, you generate about 3,232 grams of CO2.

If you factor in the time you spend idling in the parking lot while waiting for a spot to open, then you're probably looking at a bit more.

However, an electric bike can make that short trip zero-emission.


The average commute has hovered around 15 miles for years. Every time you drive, you emit about 6,060 grams of CO2.

In the beginning, you may think there's no way to get that far without a car, especially since the distance seems impossible to cover on a bicycle.

Nevertheless, electric commuter bikes suggest that even the most challenging trips to the office are possible when you have a 750W motor backing you up.

Plus, you won't have to worry about showing up to your meeting drenched in sweat with that kind of power.

Going Out to Eat 

These days you probably don't go out to eat very often, but if you've jumped in the car to pick up your favorite take-out, you're probably traveling 3.3 miles.

If you use an ebike to get Thai food or pizza, you'll save about 1,333 grams of CO2.

You're watching your favorite show and can't bring yourself to go outside? Everyone has been there.

Even if you're relying on delivery, there's still a chance an ebike will show up. Ebikes are a convenient, environmentally friendly last-mile delivery solution for restaurants everywhere.


How far would you go to have fun? I don't want to take away anything from that, but based on the data, the answer is probably around 12 miles.

By using an ebike instead, you can save 4,848 grams of CO2.

And ditching the car doesn't mean you have to travel alone.

Taking the Kids to School 

You love the time you've been spending with your kids, but you also can't wait for school to begin again.

By using an ebike for your average pick-up and drop-off trip, you will save 2,908 grams of CO2.

The Big Picture

The average American drives 13,476 miles per year. How many of these trips could be replaced by an ebike?

Think about the amount of emissions you'll save each week if you ride Ebikes. Take a look at our full line-up and see if you're ready to get started.

Looking forward to seeing you on the bike lane!

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