Why are E-Bikes space-saving, good for your health and the environment? In our series “Reasons for E-Bikes” you learn more about the advantages of owning E-Bikes.
E-Bikes are space-saving
An E-Bike is no larger than a regular bike and doesn´t require any more space for riding or parking. Less Space-Consumption means more space in the environment for people to enjoy a better quality of life. If you´re looking for smaller vehicles, you should look under the folding or compact sections.
E-Bikes are healthy
In the western world, a lack of physical activity is a central source of medical health problems such as being overweight, having hypertension, cardiovascular problems and diabetes mellitus. According to national statistics, in 2010 in Germany 41.1 percent of all deaths were related in some way to cardiovascular problems.
A proven means of prevention against these diseases, irrespective of age and condition, is the participation in some form of lower or mid-range activity, 3-5 times a week, for about 30 minutes. Riding an E-Bike provides the kind of lower to mid-range activity which is perfect training for everyone. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends 150 minutes moderate to intense exercise per week. Therefore, in this context, e-bikes could make an important contribution to public health.
The cost to the health care system of treating these diseases has a significant impact on the economy. The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI writes “the cost per unfit person to the German health care system is up to 2,000 euros annually.” The e-bike provides the special ability to adequately incorporate sufficient exercise into your normal daily journeys. Replacing the daily car commute, typically a distance of up to five kilometres, the electric bike can greatly improve your cardiovascular performance.
Pedelecs are clean, quiet and economical
Alarming news of high CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere was published recently by U.S. scientists with levels exceeding 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history. The daily average in the measuring station of the National Authority for Oceanography and Atmospheric Research (NOAA) in the state of Hawaii Mauna Loa was found to be 400.03 ppm CO2, the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, Calif., measured 400.08 ppm
CO2 concentration as high as 10 million years ago
<img title="Foto: Ronny Kiaulehn/Cube" alt="Cube2013Toskana168rk" src="http://ebike-news.de/assets/Cube_2013_Toskana_168_rk-300x200.jpg" . Scientists assert that these man made CO ₂ concentrations in the atmosphere were last this high ten million years ago when temperatures were much hotter on earth and the sea lay dozens of meters higher than today.
CO2 emissions, climate protection and E-Bikes
What do these have to do with e-bikes? While the politicians and the automotive industry are discussing new pollution limits for vehicle fleets, we all can easily act to effectively respond to the catastrophic evolution of climate change. Leave the car and ride a bicycles and electric bicycles! According to the Federal Environmental Agency, in 2007 traffic in Germany was responsible for approximately 18 percent of all CO2 emissions, equivalent to 160 million tons annually.
Many short trips offer great potential for the electric bike
The most routes driven by car are so short that they could easily be covered with an e-bike. Did you know that 50 percent of all car trips in Germany are under 6 km, and five percent are even shorter than 1 km?
These are perfect distances for e-bikes. And, as the ecological Verkehrsclub VCD calculated, if only a third of journeys under six kilometres were covered on electric Bikes (and electricity from renewable sources) instead of with the car, up to 7.5 million tons of CO2 could be saved annually.
E-bikes compared with cars or motorcycles are quiet and economical
With just 1 kWh per 100 km an e-bike can be an important component of the transition to green energy in traffic! Incidentally, even 90% of all car trips are under 30 km, according to the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS).
Today's cars and motorcycles are usually powered by internal combustion engines which, in addition to heavy fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, they are responsible for a number of other air pollutants: carbon monoxide; nitrogen oxides and particle matter. Then there is the noise, which can also be an important cause of disease.
Although hybrid cars are becoming increasingly popular, their share of the total market is insignificant. Of the 43 million cars, registered in Germany by the end of 2012, slightly more than 69,000 were hybrids. In addition there was a lean 7,500 electric cars, according to official statistics provided by the Federal Motor Transport Authority in 2012.