Let’s not fool ourselves, switching to EVs isn’t going to save the planet. They’re also not the solution to congestion, or the way out of the obesity crisis. It’s also a little perplexing that they qualify for various government grants and subsidies, while eBikes do not . However, like the bicycle, their saving grace comes in the form of reduced emissions in usage and high re-cyclability. John Styles, the author of this article, is a long-term EV user and sales rep to Orbea A quick Google search reveals EVs are 50% to 60% less harmful over their lifetime than fossil fuel equivalents. So, why might the bicycle industry want to take a closer look at EVs? Apart from cost reduction, I’m going to suggest three reasons: Reputation, motivation, and taxation.
It does the industry no harm to keep its house in order, by using low emission vehicles while selling our low emission vehicles. Perhaps it wouldn’t do any harm to see the Pro-Peloton followed by electric support cars and sponsor caravan too?
Many in the industry (and indeed our consumers) have deep and genuine concerns about the environment. We are also quite a tech-focused industry, so, surely the latest, greatest and non-polluting technology is right up our street?
Nobody likes paying tax and EVs realise big savings through your business paying lower tax. With no Congestion Charge, no ULEZ and no Vehicle Excise Duty for most vehicles. Plus, very low BIK for both the employer and […]