Published on March 23rd, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan7
20 Gas Tank Refills, or an Electric Bike?
Personally, while I think electric bikes are pretty cool, I would just go with a normal bike in most situations. But, in really hilly areas or if you’re going a long way, an electric bike might be a good option. Either way, whether electric or non-electric, bikes cost a ton less than cars and are practical for most trips taken within the U.S. (or probably any other country for that matter).
One electric bike company, Kalkhoff, recently put the huge difference in costs in interesting terms though, so I thought it deserved a little attention here on CleanTechnica.
Of course, this all depends on your location, the car you drive, and the bike you buy, but roughly speaking, Kalkhoff noted that you could buy one of its electric bikes with the same amount of money you would spend on 20 refills of your gas (or petrol) tank. Sounds enticing, eh?
Of course, beyond saving money, bikes (and even electric bikes) help people to improve their health and enjoy the fresh air a bit more. ‘The most rewarding part of our business is that our products are literally life changing for many of our customers and on a national level they help reduce congestion on the roads and motivate people to get active whilst travelling instead of sitting in traffic burning fuel and putting on the pounds,” Scott Snaith, director of 50cycles.com, notes.
Here are a few more pics of Kalkhoff’s e-bikes (which seem to be on sale at the moment):
Have an electric bike? Want one? Drop us a comment! I’ve only ridden one once, and it was just an an athletics track, so I’d be up for hearing about more people’s experiences with them.