The efficiency of the way we travel is quite the topic and if we were to take a more detached view point to the situation as a whole I am sure we would quickly come to the conclusion that we were absolutely crazy. Statistics show that the average Uk Joe spends a good 1hour and 38 mins commuting to work each day costing them on average £160 per month. More than 15 million of these people drive themselves by themselves to work meaning based on the average size of car being 5 seats there is more than 45 million empty seats each commute. If we think about it if British airways was to fly as a less than 10% capacity per journey they would quickly come to and yet this is what we do day in day out, year in year out.
Our system is extremely wasteful, and that’s only when the cars are moving! Most cars sit idle for 22 or 23 hours a day, and a staggering amount of our urban space is devoted to their storage. In London alone 80,000 homes could be built on the car parking spaces within London that are situated within 1 mile of a tube or train station, I don’t know about you but I think this is a staggering figure.
Even if we achieve a world of ultra-efficient electric vehicles, this is a massively wasteful system. Transporting a bunch of single passengers around in a car that weighs a tonne and a half is wasteful at every step, from the materials used to make the cars to the animals that become roadkill to the parking spaces required to keep the cars all day.
The solution, of course, is for people to abandon car-based transportation. Until recently, we had only a few choices: live within walking distance of work (which is difficult for many people), take public transportation (which is great where it is available, but public transportation is inflexible, and building new transit is expensive and politically difficult in many parts of the country), or bike to work (too difficult for many people, and nobody wants to show up at the office soaked in sweat).
All of this could change with the introduction of e-bikes. These vehicles are expensive when compared to other bikes, but they are a fraction of the cost of a car. E-bikes can transport passengers at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour while requiring little physical effort. They have batteries with ranges of 20–50 miles, and those batteries can be recharged during the workday for the ride home if needed.
Our Blaupunkt pedelecs ranges are very light weight, intelligent technology and can be folded in seconds. Our bikes provide unrivalled driving pleasure and mobility. The Blaupunkt Carla 180 weighs 13.7 kg with the battery pack included. It’s also one of the lightest e-bikes in its class. These bikes are ideal for a camping trip, inner city commuting and much much more. Because of its small size, it is the perfect travel companion.
Reconfiguring roads to favour bike lanes would reduce the space available to cars, but we could move a much larger number of people with the same amount of space if everyone rode a one-seater bike instead of a hulking SUV.
E-bikes solve a surprising number of issues that plague our inefficient transportation system. They would most likely get most of us where we need to go while producing less pollution, taking up less space, and being less wasteful than our current car-based system. We could repurpose all of those parking lots and six-lane roads into things we actually need — parks, affordable housing, outdoor dining — rather than just car storage. E-bikes could be a valuable tool in our efforts to make our transportation system more sustainable.