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Why Electric?

Clean, Green

Introducing a radical new concept of people transportation

The most popular form of transport in the world today is the bicycle. There are many millions more bicycles than cars in use worldwide today – approximately 3:1. Far more people use a bicycle or scooter than a car. Battery powered bikes and scooters can go further than conventional bicycles with little effort. The bikes are easier to pedal! They can be quickly recharged anywhere that you can find a power supply, or low batteries can be swapped instantly with fully charged batteries. The electric bikes and scooters can be repaired and serviced easily by any bicycle repair shop.

The market for the electric bike and scooter could be many times more than that for petrol driven two wheelers. Remember that every time the bicycle has become easier to pedal, its sales have gone up. Just think of the pneumatic tyre in the 20's, the racing bikes in the 60's, the choppers in the 70's, the mountain bike in the 80's and BMX in the 90’s.

The electric bike and scooter will be the first choice for many millions of people. It is silent, does not smell or rattle, is affordable and with less moving parts than its petrol driven counterparts, is extremely reliable. Retired people want to venture outdoors or pop into town, but are not always able to pedal easily. They will like the idea of the instant assistance provided by the Urban Mover range. Commuters facing traffic jams day in and day out, spiralling costs of car ownership, road tax and congestion charges, will find Urban Mover the first choice to a real alternative.

The winners

We will all benefit due to efficient and clean transportation. Greater social, economic and environmental benefits can be gained by reducing petrol dependency, air pollution, and the subsequent greenhouse effects.

Electric Scooters and Bikes: The economic benefits

Electric scooters and bicycles offer a real alternative to the huge costs of driving. Maintenance & fuel costs are minimal. So every time you ride an electric scooter or bike you save money.

The electricity for charging is the fuel and costs about 6p ($10 US cents or €9 Euro cents) per 20-30km. (The charger works on mains electricity (110V - 230 V) and charges in less than six hours)

In addition to personal benefits, society at large also realises economic benefits from increased Electric Bike use. Cleaner air reduces the incidence of respiratory diseases and their associated health care costs. Widespread use could also reduce pressure for more roads and road maintenance.

The main benefits of electric bikes

1. Greater distance for the same effort

This is the main advantage. A quality electric bike effectively flattens hills, increasing your average speed and eliminating the stress factor when a hill aproaches. So long as you supply a reasonable amount of effort, you can expect to climb hills of up to 14% on an Urban Mover electric bike with ease and more.

2. Safety

Pulling away from a busy intersection in heavy traffic on a normal bike can be extremely daunting. But with the extra assistance that you get from an Urban Mover electric bike, you can zoom ahead with little effort and increased safety by keeping up with the average car speed in a busy urban environment.

3. Fitness

Of course a conventional bike will generally keep you much fitter, but that of course depends on how much – if at all – it is used. Research form the Transport Research Laboratory in the UK (Davis and Hartley 1998) has shown that 46% of conventional bikes are only used twice a week, with a further 30% of bikes used for only once a fortnight or less. However, a report from Leeds University (Neil Guthrie 2001) reveals that in a survey of electric bike owners – a third of respondents used their bikes typically at least once a day and 81% used their electric bikes at least once a week. Therefore an electric bike typically gets used at least twice as often as a conventional bicycle.

Moreover, riding an electric bicycle is more enjoyable in mountainous terrain and in windy conditions and users tend to make better use of them because the motor can provide half the normal effort of cycling taking the sting out of long runs. Therefore more regular use equals the same amount of physical effort required for a conventional bike due to more regular

4. A to B - No Sweat!

Persperation may not be a serious issue when you're out for a leisurely ride, but it's more important if you're cycling to work. Although some businesses are providing showers and other facilities for cyclists under duress, the great majority have little intention of doing so. An Urban Mover electric bike eliminates the problem at source. In hot weather, it's possible to maintain a steady ride as if cycling a convetional bicycle on level ground, by letting the electric power stystem take the strain. If you feel in need of exercise or in colder weather - our bikes are so light that you can just pedal without battery assistance.

5. Clean & Green

The amount of energy used by one of our bikes is very small compared to a petrol motorcycle or car. Aside from the obvious need for electricity to charge the battery, the only consumables are the batteries, and these can all be recycled when they come to the end of their life. As for energy use, electric bikes typically consume fuel at an average rate of 100 to 150 watts of electrical energy, against 15,000 or more for a car (albeit travelling much faster). Regarding fuel consumption, an Urban Mover electric bike achieves about 1000mpg. There is no other commercially available vehicle that can match this all round performance.

6. Sustainable

There's a lot of hype surrounding sustainability in transport, but an Urban Mover electric bicycle can be made wholly sustainableif you generate your own power with a wind generator or solar panels or buy your electricity from a 'green' supplier. Of course a normal bicycle already does that, but only if you grow the food you consume whilst riding it. However, most modern food production and distribution is so carbon-intensive that the consumption of a typical cyclist is not terribly good.

7. Speedier travel

The average speed in most urban city environments averages about 8mph. Congestion is the main problem. An electric bike can maintain a higher average speed than a traditional bicycle whilst taking advantage of the same network of cycle facilities (that a motorcycle can't do), gaining access to routes that cars and motorcycles cannot reach. The result is usually a faster door-to-door journey time than any other mode and by taking advantage of the uncongested cycle network - eliminating hills and headwinds - electric bikes are normally the most consistent mode of travel.

8. Great residuals

Electric bikes are in the evolving new technology sector at the moment, but all the evidence points to a much better resale value (residual) than say a conventional bike. Although a quality electric bike generally costs more to buy, at £700-£1,200, you should get most of that back if you sell the electric bike on.

9. Powered motoring - without the hassle

No MOT, no log book, no Tax disc, no congestion charges, no parking charges (normally) no compulsory insurance (although we strongly recommend it) and no rising carbon fuel costs. Urban Mover Electric bikes are classed as a normal bike by law (although power assisted) therefore there's absolutely no registration or paperwork to worry about.

Long term cost savings

Electricity to power an electric bike costs roughly 4% of the fuel costs for a car. maintenance and repair costs are also much less. So every mile you ride saves money. If you combine an Urban Mover with public transport, you can go almost anywhere.

  • Electric scooters and bicycles are the first affordable electric vehicles.
  • They are immensely practical.
  • In addition to helping ease traffic congestion, riding an electric bike enables you to glide past traffic jams with the greatest of ease