Problem: Normal Transport Not Working! Electric Bike?!

Mmmmm, Traffic!

This is the first part of a guest post from Paul, an EBR Community Member, who lives in the UK and has struggled with a tough commute using traditional transport options.

Part 1 – The Problem

The price of fuel in the UK is getting ridiclous; as it stands it costs the equivalent of $8 for a gallon of what we call petrol, or gas in the US. Added to that I was finding that my commute was getting longer [Read more…]

Ebike Success Story from Tucson Arizona

Here’s an ebike success story that I want to share with you.  I really like this story because the author, Matthew Zoll,  has been using an electric bike to make his commute by bicycle more convenient during the hot summer months in Tucson Arizona.

If you live in a warm climate you will be able to relate this story.  In fact electric bikes work well in cold climates too, where sweating a lot can make you cold if you stop somewhere for a while.

Here are some teasers [Read more…]

Making Electric Bikes More Affordable

Sometimes people get sticker shock when they hear that an electric bike will cost a few thousand dollars.

What you should factor into the equation is that using an electric bike to commute and run some errands that you would normally use your car for will be saving you money that is normally spent on gas, oil changes, maintenance of the car, and parking fees.

With that in mind the overall cost of an electric bike is not so bad considering it is one of the least expensive electric vehicles available!

To make it even more reasonable there are a few financing programs available that make owning an electric bike easier than paying the full cost up front.  The following are a few of the programs available.

1. First of all, check with your local electric bike shop to see if they have a financing program set up.  GE and Citi have partnerships with some of the local shops.  And here is one from Way2Go Leasing.

2. There are the new peer to peer loans that are becoming popular and offer competitive loans.  Here are the two most [Read more…]

Cambridge Adds Electric Bike Share Program

Here’s a great idea!  Give people the chance to borrow an electric bike on their commute to work or around town for running their errands.  That is what is available to the workers at the Cambridge Science Park.  It is part of a program called Travel Plan Plus that allows the workers to “checkout” an electric bike for a while and use it as an alternative to a car.

Here is a quote from the program co-coordinator Gary Armstrong:

“The idea of the pool bike scheme is to remind and encourage people working in the area that there are alternatives to using the car – especially for [Read more…]

VIDEO: Benefits of Electric Bikes and a Great Way to Afford One

I just watched this video and I was impressed with the way that they presented the benefits of using an electric bike as an alternative to traditional means of transportation and what the UK has done to help employees afford buying an electric bike.

One of the points they make is that as kids we enjoyed riding a bicycle, but as adults many people have forgotten about bikes.  The electric bike is a cool way to get back into riding a bike for some fun and to use it as a practical hybrid electric vehicle to get around.

Another issue is the when riding to work, in general, people don’t want to arrive sweaty and dirty.  The electric assist really helps with [Read more…]