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It is a shame that some countries, despite having the perfect weather for it, do not use bicycles as the main mode of transport. If we think about it for a moment, it might just be the mode of transport that offers the most in terms of purchase price, cost of use, sustainability and practicality.
It is absolutely delightful!
I invite anyone that has never ridden an electric bicycle to try it. An electric bicycle enables you to cover entire cities by barely pedalling, as it has a motor that helps as we pedal, taking away all the hard work we would need to put in on a conventional bike.
It is important to point out that an electric bicycle is more of a mode of transport rather than a leisure bike for a weekend in the park… It is important to bear this in mind, given that people think that paying 900 or 1000 euros for an electric bicycle is sheer madness compared with the cost of a conventional bike (between 150 and 200 euros), but the two products are completely different, the only thing in common is that they have two wheels and they are called "bicycle".
Ideal sustainable personal transport for cities
But, why are electric bicycles the ideal mode of transport and why are there so few bicycles (even conventional ones) in Spanish cities (including Madrid)? Well, firstly we should point out that there are risks involved in riding bicycles in cities, if the city is not adapted for bicycle use.
But electric bicycles are the ideal solution for getting through traffic during peak hours in cities.Firstly: We are more protected from cars around us because electric bicycles are faster and have a more constant rhythm as they are pedal-assisted.
Pursuant to European regulations, the maximum speed for electric bicycles with power assistance is 25 km/h. This may not seem very fast, but, believe me, it is a most acceptable speed in cities and you will seldom reach the maximum. Secondly, an electric bicycle is still a bicycle and, although we should not do so, we can use them occasionally on wide pavements with few pedestrians. This flexibility is essential in order to wander through cities, shorten distances, etc.
Thirdly and most importantly, we don’t get tired! We can cycle without getting tired and we will not be all sweaty when we arrive out our destination! Even if there are lots of hills to climb. By the way, electric bicycles power up hills effortlessly… we won’t even know that we are pedalling…
Furthermore, if we do so discreetly, the cost of fuel (electricity) may even be free… Let me explain... If you use your electric bicycles to travel to work, you can always carry the battery (which is light and extractable in electric bicycles) to the office. And charge it discreetly in one of the sockets, as you would a mobile phone or other low-power devices.
By the way, the power absorbed by an electric bicycle charger is around 150W and it can be charged in 2-3 hours…which, in consumption terms is around 750 Wh. The current price of electricity is 0.16/KWh… which is a cost of around 12 cents per charge, which your boss pays will...
Up to 160 km on one charge!
The battery technology enhancements (many of these enhancements have come from electric vehicle batteries) available on the market for electric bicycles offer up to 160 km on one charge.
For city dwellers this is amazing, given that normally we travel locally between 10 and 20 km a day, which means these long-life electric bicycles would only have to be charged on a weekly basis and not a daily basis.
And they work without a battery!
Electric bicycles also have the fundamental advantage compared with other means of transport, whether these are electric or conventional petrol vehicles, etc. that, if we run out of fuel, we can still get home! We do not need to call a tow truck, search for petrol stations, etc.… and we can get home by simply pedalling.
Electric bicycles are becoming the urban mode of transport in Europe during times of recession, given that they offer the best benefit/cost ratio. They do not need to be registered, they do not require insurance or road tax, we do not have to pay to park them in cities and they do not involve high maintenance costs. We can even save the cost of going to a gym if we use it twice a week without the electric motor on!
Electric bicycles are already being discussed at Twenergy Why not let us know your opinion at the Forum thread "Electric bicycle: Clean and economic mode of transport”?
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