Electric bikes and electric cars’ popularity significantly increased over the past decade and are still continuously getting popular in the global warming era as new eco-friendly modes of transport.
It’s good to be mindful of the environment and take care of Mother Earth, right? So if we choose between an electric bike and an electric car, we would have to choose an e-bike due to its lower environmental impact.
Aside from the raw eco-friendliness factor, we have several other reasons for coming to this conclusion.
And in this article, we’re about to share with you seven reasons why we think electric bikes are better than electric cars in many aspects. Read on!
In today’s time, where gas prices went significantly higher than it was exactly a year ago, it’s a fairly common attitude among us to resort to cheaper modes of transportation. Owning a gas-powered car is pricey nowadays, and electric cars are expensive too.
For comparison, Tesla cars go upward of $45,000, with the high-end models reaching well over $100,000, while extremely high-end e-bikes can get $20,000, which is rare. The vast majority of e-bikes are around $2,000 or less. While this might still seem like a significant amount of money for some, e-bikes provide a great form of transportation for the money.
Other companies that sell gas-powered cars are now offering electrified variants cheaper than Tesla models. However, you still need to shell out tens of thousands of dollars to get a decent electric car.
For the price and cost, e-bikes are the clear winner against electric cars.
Electric cars have fewer parts than conventional gas-powered cars. So, for example, electric cars don’t need regular oil changes and engine tune-ups. But that doesn’t mean electric cars don’t need any sort of maintenance to keep them working.
As for e-bikes, you can do the maintenance procedure yourself after months of getting to know your bike. This way, e-bikes are much cheaper to maintain, costing you an average of a hundred bucks a year compared to electric cars’ thousand dollars a year.
Not to mention the technician’s fee you would have to pay every time you send your electric car for scheduled maintenance.
So for maintenance costs, e-bikes are cheaper to maintain, so they win against electric cars.
Although e-bikes are powered by electricity, they’re not solely powered by electricity. Most e-bikes still require you to pedal to move the bike. This is called motor-assisted pedaling.
Even though you won’t have to pedal as vigorously as riding a conventional bike, you can still burn calories by pedaling your bike, a feature an electric car doesn’t have.
Sure, an electric car has a “pedal”, but all you need to do is press down, and you’ll accelerate. No breaking a sweat. If you value your health and body, a better choice would be an e-bike. It can also be noted that buying an e-bike is an excellent investment to help you fight a sedentary lifestyle.
Remember that health is wealth. So for health benefits, an e-bike clearly wins against an electric car.
Ability to Skim Through Traffic
Electric bikes are just like motorcycles in the sense that they can effortlessly skim right through traffic. So if you are late for work or an occasion, you won’t have to worry about heavy traffic on congested streets as you can skim through it provided it’s safe to do so.
In cities with heavy traffic, e-bikes can be the fastest way from point A to point B.
On the other hand, electric cars don’t share this advantage and have to
sit in the same traffic as gas-powered vehicles.
Let’s face it: every car, electric or not, doesn’t have the means to access areas unsuitable for them because of their size. So, for example, if you want to
travel to a lake down the end of a dirt path or down a beachfront boardwalk, electric bikes are the best option.
If you’re looking to explore destinations inaccessible by cars, your e-bike (mountain e-bike, especially) will be your best friend.
For area accessibility, an e-bike wins against electric cars.
Improved and Improving Infrastructure
As energy and gas prices rise, many local governments and private institutions now build and improve existing bike infrastructures. If you thought before not to buy a bike because of the lack of infrastructure, now’s the time to change your mind.
Although electric car infrastructure is improving, bike charging is simple and always simple and convenient to use. In addition, updates are being made to the construction of safer bike lanes, protected/isolated bike lanes, bike repair stands, and bike parking slots.
With these developments, e-bike and conventional bike users can rejoice as bike riding will be safer and more convenient than ever.
For this, e-bikes narrowly win against electric cars.
The real battle between the two electric modes of transportation is their raw eco-friendliness. Electric vehicles are invented to give us another mode of transport that doesn’t hurt the environment in the form of carbon emissions.
But what’s more eco-friendly between, an e-bike or an electric car? The answer is an e-bike. To elaborate, we have a few points: first, an e-bike is much smaller than an electric car.
This means that fewer and smaller pieces of metal and other components are needed, and the fewer the materials required, the lower the factory’s carbon emissions. It’s the opposite for electric cars, which require large metal parts and components, hence not so eco-friendly.
Second, e-bikes run on hybrid power: motor-assisted pedaling. This means you don’t entirely rely on electricity, and as such, you don’t need to charge your e-bike very often as compared to an electric car’s hundred-percent energy reliance.
For raw environmental friendliness, an e-bike wins against an electric car.
Overall, an e-bike has seven reasons why it’s better than an electric car. It’s cheaper, more practical, eco-friendly, can skim through traffic, can access remote areas, has allotted good infrastructure, and is a healthy mode of transport.
Although an electric car obviously has its own advantages, an e-bike remains a real practical solution to a daily commuter’s life. It can prove to be useful and practical in the long run.
Should you finally decide to buy your own e-bike, we hope we have helped you decide by reading this article. Good luck!