Green Fleets

What is an eBike? Why do I need them in my fleet?

Marcellus Schuster
March 15, 2022

With the current conditions in our economy and the price of a litre of petrol, everyone is finding the need to tighten their belts. Many people have found themselves out of work and not able to afford car payments and the associated insurance. Thoughts turn to several different versions of reliable transportation. One alternative may be the electric bike.

What is an electric bike (eBike)?

An electric bicycle is a regular bicycle but with an addition: a motor. The motor can be attached in many ways and aid the cyclist in many ways. Most people who use bicycles as forms of transportation do not have the stamina to travel long distances with heavy loads. A motorized bicycle may be the answer. The electric version has a motor with a rechargeable battery and is legal to travel on most roads. Sidewalks are unsafe for bicycles as motorists are not looking for them at junctions and may not see the cyclist until it is too late to avoid a crash.

How do they help?

E-bikes as they are also called only assist the cyclist and may improve the speed of someone who averages 10 mph by 5 to 10 miles per hour. Unlike a moped, the legal maximum speed of an e-bike is 20 miles per hour. The legal speed of a moped is 30 miles per hour. An e-bike works best when the cyclist pedals and is not designed to act as a motorcycle. The battery has a recharge time of several hours and a normal range of about 10 miles depending on conditions such as power of the battery, wind speed and terrain. A factor to consider may be the size and weight of the battery.

What can they be used for?

Some practical uses of an electric bike include running errands and a stress-free ride to work. Most errands can be completed in a short amount of time and a trailer can be attached which could provide storage for parcels, bags of groceries and packages. Those who have a short distance to drive to work may appreciate avoiding traffic jams to get to work in a shorter amount of time.

What types of eBike are there?

There are a multitude of models of electric bicycles. Some of the newer models conceal the motor and battery in the frame of the bicycle proving once again that smaller can be better. In the case of the e-bike, smaller may also be lighter and more efficient. Some motor and battery packs can be bought and installed at home with only the instructions and the ability to turn a wrench. These kits start at around £500. Others called "purpose-built" require special installation and are generally more expensive. The cost saving can be tremendous over time no matter what version is chosen.

How do I monitor this fleet?

GoLocate offers a last-mile solution, allowing you to monitor these fleets in real-time whilst learning more about your customers through our predictive analytics model.

Why should I consider eBikes for my fleet?

Last-mile transport is a challenge for most urban planners and commuters everywhere. Even though we have plenty of public transportation options, from buses to trains and ferries to gondolas, there are still many times when even these will fall short of meeting the needs of communities. That’s where eBikes come in.

In the end, whether or not you decide to purchase an eBike for your small business will likely come down to your budget. The more money you can allocate towards this initiative, the better equipment you can purchase. Just use those funds wisely, and if you run into problems with the bike itself, be sure to seek out assistance from a professional to get everything running smoothly again.

When your business is all up and running, be sure to show off your new eBike setup on social media; this type of branding will help you start piecing together a positive reputation on the internet.

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