All You Need to Know About Electric Bikes

Electric bikes can alleviate some obstacles preventing Australians from riding classic pedal bikes. It offers aid to overpowering hilly landscapes or a shortage of wellness and can help restore after damage or sickness. While the sales of electric bikes in Australia are increasing, they remain relatively uncommon, and not many people know about them. The expense of gasoline is at an all-time high. Since global events pressure commodity availability, you can expect volatile gasoline prices shortly. Hence, it is wise to start using alternative modes of transportation like e-bikes and e-scooters (also known as “micro-mobility” devices).

The average car trip in Australia’s major cities is around 10 kilometres, a considerable distance that people consider to be within cycling range. E-bikes that have a motor that produces less than 250 watts of maximum reliable power can be ridden on the road, according to Australian Vehicle Standards.

An online survey of electric bike owners in Australia was conducted, looking at the demographic attributes of electric bike owners and the factors that influenced their decision to buy one. The gender allocation of electric bikers, the causes for investment, and the kinds of electric bicycles bought are all given special consideration. Electric bikes have the potential to be a significant part of the mix of transportation modes. Electric bikes, which are more widely available than pedal bicycles, may enable more people to move away from cars and public transportation for personal mobility. This shift will greatly reduce traffic congestion, relieve pressure on public transportation, and provide independent mobility options.

What Is the Maximum Amount of Fuel and Money One Can Save?

The price of a micro-mobility vehicle varies considerably depending on the automobile type, batteries, and optional features (such as remote tracking, trackor lights). A recently conducted survey of privately owned e-bike users in South East Queensland discovered that the most popular models cost between A$500 and A$1,500. More expensive models can cost over A$2000 (which is still much less expensive than a car, especially an electric one).

E-bikes are a little more expensive, with most models costing between A$1,000 and A$3,000 and only a few models costing less than A$800. The majority of micro-mobility vehicles’ operating costs are for electricity and maintenance. 

Is It Safe to Ride an E-bike?

All road users are concerned about their safety. Since micromobility is still a new concept, the safety record for these vehicles is still developing. However, according to a report from the 2020 International Transport Forum, the risk of e-bikes is comparable to that of cycling.

Shared e-bikes risk is estimated to be between 78 and 100 fatalities per billion trips, while cycling risk is between 21 and 257 deaths per billion trips across cities. On the other hand, motorcycles and mopeds have a chance of 132 to 1,164 fatalities per billion trips. While there is little information on the safety of e-scooters, cycling statistics suggest that there is a “safety in numbers” effect. This means that there are fewer fatalities in countries where cycling is more common, such as in Australia. 

Conclusion

Electric bicycles have a bright future in Australia, with opportunities in the travel, social, exercise, and fitness markets. From 2021 to 2026, the market of electric bikes in Australia is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.7 per cent in terms of value. Increased traffic congestion, rising fuel prices, increased health concerns/fitness consciousness, and growing natural awareness are the main drivers of this market.

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