Ebikes Offer Low-Cost, Green Option For Commuting
Fuel economy exceeds 1200 miles per gallon
on: January 12, 2010, 3:44 am
Industry: Transportation & Logistics
PHOENIX - Urban commuters seeking to save money on gasoline,
avoid traffic jams and lower their carbon footprint can now turn to
electric bicycles. Electric Bicycles or e-bikes are standard bicycles
fitted with a small electric motor and batteries. Riders can either
use their own muscles to pedal, use electric power for propulsion, or
The U.S. Department of Energy reports that average gasoline prices across the United
States have climbed almost a dollar per gallon from a year ago. With West Coast gas
prices averaging near $3 a gallon, commuters are looking for cheaper, greener
Many regional transit authorities are facing severe budget shortfalls and have
either cut services or are considering service cuts and rate hikes. With driving
becoming more expensive and without an appropriate public transit alternative,
electric bicycles are becoming the vehicle of choice for urban commuters.
E-bikes are easy to operate and require minimal maintenance. Most offer a riding
range that can exceed 15 miles per charge. Riding range can be greatly increased if
riders pedal along with the motor, especially during acceleration, and charging is
simple. Just plug the bike into a standard wall socket!
The cost of fully charging an average e-bike’s battery is less than 4 cents. When
you compare that to the $40 or $50 it takes to fill the tank of a car, the savings
are tremendous – a fuel economy exceeding 1200 miles per gallon.
Larry Van Wilgen, co-founder of Empowered Ebikes (http://www.empoweredebikes.com)
and an avid e-bike user explains the attraction: “Electric bicycles are fun and easy
to ride. I can cruise at 20 mph and not break a sweat, even on a hot and humid day.
I can focus my attention on my surrounding, rather than on pedaling and keep up with
urban traffic better. That makes me feel safer on the road.”
Empowered Ebikes offers electric bicycles and tricycles, including some models that
can fit in the trunk of a car or carried onto a train.
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