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E-Bikes: The Newest Trend in Sustainable Transportation

Author IconOben Electric
Date Icon Thu Feb 15 2024

The next generation of EV bikes leads the charge towards a greener future. Find out how electric motorcycles are shaping the future of sustainable transportation.

 

As the need for a greener future continues to gain momentum, policymakers worldwide are advocating the implementation of sustainable transportation. ‘Sustainability’ is more than a buzzword today; it calls for a mode of transportation that leaves a positive environmental, social, and economic impact on the world.


Electric vehicles (EV) have become the poster child of this ongoing drive towards investing in a sustainable future. Offering numerous benefits over their traditional counterparts, EV bikes have the potential to trigger an eco-friendly revamp in the automobile industry.


Environmental Benefits of E-Bikes


One of the most prominent benefits of EV bikes is their positive impact on the environment: 


1. Reduced carbon emissions


Fossil fuels such as coal, petrol, and diesel, are considered one of the leading factors behind global warming. When fossil fuels are burnt, they release a significant amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This extra CO2 emission is a major reason behind global warming.


Currently, the transportation sector is heavily reliant on fossil fuels. A report suggests that 95% of the world’s transportation energy demand is sated using fossil fuels, contributing to 28% of global greenhouse emissions.


If EV bikes become a mainstream form of transportation, the reliance on fossil fuels can be reduced significantly. This, in turn, will help reduce CO2 emissions, spelling good news for our planet.


2. Renewable energy


The transportation industry relies heavily on fossil fuels for its energy needs. Not only are these fossil fuels unhealthy for the environment, they are also extremely scarce. Once depleted, they cannot be replenished for thousands of years.


Depleting fossil fuel reserves has compelled innovators to look for alternative energy sources, which has led us to where we are today with EVs. Since electricity powers these next-gen vehicles, their mainstream adoption translates into a sustainable mode of transportation that doesn’t depend on a depletable resource. 


3. Eco-Friendly Batteries


During the early period of EV development, the batteries were mostly made of NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) and Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride). These chemicals were found in abundance and were also rather cheap to source. But on the flip side, these chemicals were also harmful to the environment.

As innovators spent more time in trials, more sustainable and eco-friendly chemicals were eventually developed to power these battery bikes. Today, Lithium-ion and Lithium-ion Phosphate are the most common chemicals used in EV batteries, making them a truly eco-friendly option.


Social Benefits of E-Bikes


Along with positive environmental consequences, EV bikes can bring about certain beneficial changes in society as well: 


1. Reduced Noise Pollution


Noise pollution is one of the most prominent challenges of urban living. An increase in health complications, like loss of hearing and heart disease, has been linked with prolonged noise exposure. Today, traffic is said to be one of the major contributors to noise pollution. 


For a country like India, considered one of the noisiest nations in the world, cutting down on vehicular noises can be a big step towards a noise-free environment. The current generation of e-bikes are known for their near-zero noise levels.


Owing to the way they are built, electric bikes make much less noise than the quietest of ICE motorbikes. An increased EV adoption can potentially put an end to noise pollution on roads.


2. Reduced Traffic Congestion


Motorbikes, in general, are proposed as a solution to reduce traffic congestion. According to a report by the National Motorcycle Council of the UK, if 10% of the traffic is switched to motorcycles, the overall traffic congestion will be reduced by a staggering 40%.Considering the benefits of new electric bikesin reducing emissions and vehicular noise, an increased e-bike adoption can drive positive change in society.


Economic Benefits of E-Bikes


Apart from the positive impact EV bikes have on the world, they carry undeniable economic advantages for consumers as well:


1. Low Maintenance Cost


Maintaining a vehicle can be a costly proposition. From routine checks to emergency repairs, maintaining a traditional motor vehicle takes a toll on your time and wallet. But this is not the case with electric bikes.


Compared to a standard motorcycle, e-bikes have fewer moving parts. A simple design and less complicated machinery contribute to significantly lower maintenance costs. As a result, your annual maintenance cost can amount to a mere INR 2000 - 5000.


2. Cheaper Fuel


The global demand for fossil fuels, like petrol and diesel, has risen considerably in recent years. A recent statement by India’s Union Petroleum minister highlights how India consumes approximately 5 million barrels of petrol daily. Growing demand and depleting resources have increased these fossil fuels' costs.

 

Electricity, on the other hand, is not only a renewable energy source but is also cheaper compared to standard fuel. Hence, switching to EVs can be a smart way to battle rising fuel prices.  


To Sum Up


Battery bikes have emerged as a compelling choice for investing in a future of sustainable transportation. With multiple environmental, social, and economic benefits, they have the potential to revolutionise the way we move.


If you are an eco-conscious rider who cares about the planet while seeking the thrill of electric propulsion, choose the all-new Oben Rorr. With an extended range, electrifying acceleration, and high-tech features, the Oben Rorr can deliver optimal performance without harming the planet. Test drive your Rorr today!