ECO BENEFITS OF E-BIKES

Written by T-admin

December 11, 2019

Torpedo factory and Torp electric bike

When it comes to Electric Vehicles in general, the subject of ecology always sleeps into the debate. Comparing regular and e-bikes, the eco factor is not as obvious as for instance comparing regular cars to electric cars. After all, bicycles are propelled by pedaling. There is no arguing that perhaps only walking is more nature-friendly. We will focus on the comparison between regular bicycles and e-bikes as well as between regular dirt bikes and their electric counterparts.

BICYCLES vs. E-BIKES

This is a tough one. As we had stated, it’s hard to go greener, than peddling. But before emergence of e-bikes and other light electric vehicles like scooters, bicycles were rarely used for daily commute. People thought of cycling as of a free-time activity, that takes time and fitness. Coming to work sweaty was also a turn-off. So they would rather sit behind a wheel or take a bus to work. Now things had changed. In large Asian cities and many European cities like Amsterdam, the whole towns run on e-bicycles. E-bicycles are easy to park, they will take you from home to work and back faster, you can forget about traffic jams and they “flatten” the terrain for you. This means less smog, less crowded city centres and better roads, since the e-bikes do not damage roads as cars do. You will also get some exercise without breaking a sweat, and since your daily commute is now more stress-free, you will feel happier.

MOTORCYCLES vs. E-MOTORCYCLES

We at TORP are dirt-bike-enthusiasts, so it is only natural we shed some light on the environmental benefits of electric motorcycles. After all, we are building our own e-dirtbike.

NO EMISSIONS

Regular motorcycles run on petrol, but e-motorcycles relay on the Li-based battery and the electric motor. Switching from an internal combustion engine to electric vehicles helps reduce collective carbon footprint and lowers CO2 emissions from road traffic. Li-based batteries are rechargeable and one battery can be used for years when cared for correctly.

LESS WASTE

When talking about the sports motorcycles, the maintenance of the bike after the race is not only costly, but it also has a big impact on the environment. The oil and the oil-filters should be changed after very five to ten hours of riding, wasting the large quantities of oil and bike-parts. The trouble you don’t have with the electric motorcycle.

LACK OF NOISE

The important eco-benefit of owning an electric motorcycle is also the lack of noise. The negative effects of noise pollution on people and wildlife are more and more taken into an account in urban planning. Sound pollution affects both health and behavior. Unwanted noise can damage physiological health in people. Noise pollution can cause hypertension, high stress levels, tinnitus, hearing loss, sleep disturbances, and other harmful and disturbing effects. According to a 2019 review of the existing literature, noise pollution was associated with faster cognitive decline. Noise can also have a detrimental effect on animals, increasing the risk of death by changing the delicate balance in predator or prey detection and avoidance, and interfering the use of the sounds in communication, especially in relation to reproduction and in navigation. Acoustic overexposure can lead to temporary or permanent loss of hearing. Electric vehicles travel almost soundless. Often they are so quiet that demands sound systems that would alert other participants in traffic accrued.
Racing tracks for sports motorcycles and dirt-bikes are often moved out of the towns, due to their loudness. Dirt-bikes are also not welcome in nature since they scare-off the wildlife. Now, with the appearance of the e-bikes, all has changed. The tracks can be built near the city-centers, making the moto-sport more accepted and e-dirtbikes are less harmful for the animals and hikers in the woods.

With the appearance of the e-bikes, all has changed. The tracks can be built near the city-centers, making the moto-sport more accepted and e-dirtbikes are less harmful to the animals and hikers in the woods.

CRITICISM

There are some critics deputing the eco-benefits of switching to green energy. They see the biggest problem in the battery, the production of which requires a lot of natural resources. E-bikes run on rechargeable lithium batteries. Digging this metal out of the earth is no easy feat and requires large lithium mines, the material the resource of which is limited. Electric modes of transportation don’t emit CO2, but e-bike batteries have to be charged regularly. The same is true, of course, for batteries of e-scooters, e-skateboards monowheels, hoverboards,… See a trend there? The demand for electricity is growing and not all of it is met with energy from renewable sources.

Our stand on it is that for now the benefits of the e-mobility have been obvious and they outweigh the weaknesses. We believe that with the further development of the technology the remaining questions will be soon solved.

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