The average one-way car trip to work is 10.7 km
Most people can cruise through this in 25 minutes. The battery-powered motor means you still get the health benefits of pedalling but hills, headwinds, and carrying extra loads are so much easier. It’s no sweat – so you don’t have to get changed when you arrive.
How does it work?
You can either buy an e-bike to suit the type of riding you’ll do (such as terrain and distance), or fit an existing bike with a motor kit. To charge, take the battery off the bike frame and plug it into a regular power socket using the supplied charger.
What’s the running cost?
Fully charging a typical 400Wh battery would cost around 13 cents* and provide a boost for around 40km of travel. At this rate, cycling 20km five days a week for a year would cost less than $20.
* Calculation assumes 80% efficient charging, consuming 0.5 kWh at a price of $0.26 per kWh. Electricity costs will vary. For comparison, running a clothes dryer for 10-15 minutes also costs about 13 cents.
The Gen Less benefit comes when you swap a car trip for pedal power.
What about electric scooters?
Getting around on an electric scooter or skateboard emits less carbon than a car – but overseas research shows that people use them to replace the greenest transport options like walking or cycling, rather than car trips. Like anything that relies on batteries or electronics, you need to weigh up whether buying one is good value for the carbon and resources it took to make.