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Do electric bikes make you fitter?

Posted by admin on September 5, 2013

Because electric bikes are easier to ride than a regular bike, people tend to ride more often. Studies have found that more riding is translating to better fitness.

 

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eCycling up Mt Wellington

Posted by admin on January 31, 2011

Maurice Wells: "All three electric bikes made it to the top of the biggest climb in Australia’s hilliest major city. People of Hobart can rest assured that no matter which hill you live up or where you want to go, you can ditch the car and go by electric bike.

More importantly, it was a very enjoyable day of e-bike riding, amazing scenery and a great opportunity to meet the enthusiastic and committed local dealers of Glow Worm Bicycles."

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Chat with e-bike guru Maurice Wells

Posted by admin on January 28, 2011

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Electric versus postie bike

Posted by admin on January 4, 2011

Continuing our comparison of various forms of transport, I thought we'd take a look at postie bikes.  The Honda CT110 is a great little motorbike that is small and agile and easy to handle.  It's perfect for small trips around town, but can also manage 80kph (just) on bigger roads.  Let's look at some figures.

Honda CT110 Postie Bike

Price: $1200 (secondhand)

Running costs: $280/year rego (in Tasmania)

                       $125/year comprehensive insurance (from NRMA, 3rd party isn't much cheaper)

                       $? maintenance

                       $2.15/100km (based on 60km/L)

Emissions: 3.8 kgCO2-eq/100km

If you refer back to our previous post looking at petrol-powered bikes

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Electric versus petrol-powered

Posted by admin on January 4, 2011

Today we had a customer who was looking for a petrol-powered bike.  He didn't seem concerned with the environmental cost of a petrol bike (much better than a car, though!) but it got me thinking as to how an it would stack up against an electric bike on purely economic terms.

Rotary Bicycles in Brisbane sells what appear to be good quality road-legal petrol-powered bikes.  Let's compare their Sport model against our eZee Torq.

Rotary Bicycles Sport

Top speed: 25 kph

Range: 123.5 km

Weight: 30 kg

Running cost: $2/100km

Emissions: 3.5 kgCO2-eq/100km

Price: $2200

 

eZee Torq

Top speed: 30 kph

Range: 50 km

Weight: 25 kg

Running cost: $0.15/100km

Emissions: 0.53 kgCO2-eq/100km (using Victorian brown coal, the dirtiest in Aus)

Price: $2300

 

So for much the same initial outlay, the petrol-powered bike has a significantly better range, but is a bit slower and heavier.  But the big difference is that it costs over 10 times as much to run, and is at least 7 times more polluting.

Bottom line: an electric bike is cheaper and more environmentally friendly to run.


 

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Meet A2B designer Norbert Haller

Posted by admin on December 14, 2010

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Jay Leno likes his A2B Metro

Posted by admin on November 2, 2010

Here Jay Leno's reviews the A2B Metro. 

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A2B Metro Review

Posted by admin on October 28, 2010

The first ride on the A2B Metro was a ball. I learned a lot about how a light electric vehicle works for urban commuting.

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