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E-bikes: Riding Towards Sustainable Living

The environmental benefits of electric bicycles

If the future isn’t green, we won’t have one at all.
Fossil fuels have a lot to answer for. Or rather, the people who burn them do. Global warming is a serious problem that requires many solutions. One of the most important ones is reducing the use of fuels like gas and coal. Governments and citizens need to work together to make this happen, but the rise of extreme right wing, pro-industry, anti-environmental governments all over the world means that citizens have to shoulder the burden alone. For now.

Not all of them will do it. But some of them will. Including, we hope, you. There are many ways you can make a significant contribution towards conserving the environment, but this article focuses on (a very important) one: transportation using e-bikes.

E-bikes are basically bicycles with an electric motor. You can cover about 28 miles an hour with minimum effort. They’re great for off-road biking, but you can also use them to commute within the city. Getting around is literally no sweat.

At the end of this article, we’ve compiled a list of 2020’s best e-bikes. But let’s start off by exploring just how they help the environment.

Zero emissions

Cars, trucks and motorcycles typically use gas and diesel to run, all the while releasing terrible pollutants into the air. E-bikes run on clean energy, releasing zero emissions in the process. As a result, they prevent air pollution, and make a huge difference in busy urban areas especially. If you use an e-bike, you’ll be preventing the release of approximately 500 pounds of carbon emissions. It’s proof that you alone can make a difference.

Long lasting batteries

E-bikes reduce waste, but they don’t eliminate it entirely. They have a battery that eventually needs replacing. However, these batteries last for years, minimizing damage. This damage occurs when batteries end up in landfills. Here’s the good news: they don’t need to. E-bike batteries can be recycled. More good news: they’re made of lithium iron and don’t contain lead, making them safer for the environment than car batteries.

Flexible charging

E-bikes use a battery. Eventually you’re going to have to charge that battery, which involves tapping into a power grid. But there’s a way to minimize the impact. E-bikes allow you to cover anywhere between 25 and 70 miles on a single charge. That means you don’t have to charge them too often. In addition, you’ll probably have enough flexibility to charge your bike during off peak hours, when demand for electricity is at its lowest. (A quick Internet search will tell you the off-peak hours in your area.) As a result, you’ll be putting less strain on the power grid.

Less stress on the road

E-bikes are relatively light and cause less damage to roads than heavier forms of transport. If more people used e-bikes, roads would need to be repaired less frequently. Does this matter? Yes, because heavy machinery is used to repair roads, releasing toxic emissions in the process.

Not just for commuting

Forget about regular commutes back and forth from work. You can also use off-road e-bikes to explore nature, discover trails and basically conquer off-road terrain. That’s not all – cargo e-bikes are a great option for people who need help transporting goods. You really have no reason to get in that car.

The best e-bikes of 2020

Below, you’ll find a list of the most popular and critically acclaimed e-bikes currently on the market. They’ve been divided into categories, but their features haven’t been listed. They’re essentially just suggestions on where to start researching – remember to consult multiple articles and reviews before making your decision.

Best overall
Rad Power Bikes RadRunner

Best cargo bike
Tern GSD

Most versatile
Yamaha Wabash E-bike

Best minivan substitute
Riese & Müller Load 60

Best folding bike
Gocycle GX

Best mountain bike
Specialized Men’s Turbo Levo Camp

Value for money
Jetson Metro Folding E-bike

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