Pedaling towards a sustainable future

Affecting the environment worldwide, global warming is a serious threat that has alerted countries, governments and environmentally conscious people to look for a sustainable alternative to replace fossil fuels.

Mobility, technology and the environment are closely linked to achieve a sustainable future. The pressing need to curb the excessive consumption of fossil fuels for transport, which reports suggest accounts for a fifth of global carbon emissions, has put electric modes of transport in the spotlight.

Affecting the environment worldwide, global warming is a serious threat that has alerted countries, governments and environmentally conscious people to look for a sustainable alternative to replace fossil fuels. Enter e-bikes. With significant improvement in technology over the past decade, e-bikes have shown great potential as an efficient and environmentally friendly transportation solution across the globe.

A growing choir

It’s also why in November 2021, at the COP26 summit in Glasgow, a global coalition of over 60 cycling organizations published an open letter calling on governments to “commit to increasing the number of people cycling cycling to achieve global climate goals”. . In a warning, the letter further stated that unless more determined and urgent action is taken to reduce carbon emissions from transport, we will be responsible for passing on to our present and future generations a world that will be more hostile and less habitable. .

E-mobility is the way forward

The global electric bicycle market size is expected to grow from USD 18.58 billion in 2021 to USD 52.36 billion in 2028 with a CAGR of 16.0% over the period 2021-2028. In addition to this, a research company, in its recent findings, predicted that the e-bike market in India will be valued at $2.08 million by 2026 from $1.02 million in 2021 This rise in market valuation complements India’s goal of accelerating efforts towards smart and sustainable cities in which e-mobility is shaping up to play a significant role.

As the Austrian-British economist and philosopher FA Hayek said, “Before we can even ask ourselves how things could go wrong, we must first explain how they could go well”, e-bikes must be part of the practices social of people. . Along with benefits for the environment and urban sustainability, e-bikes also offer a range of other benefits – whether they’re health-friendly or offer the ability to travel back in time. regaining freedom and reinventing yourself – a green way to have fun!

To combat climate change and its impact, the electric bicycle is considered one of the greatest innovations of the 21st century. It drives substantial societal changes such as improved urban air quality and public health, especially in densely populated cities, and results in reduced traffic congestion.

Amid a raging pandemic, a boom in e-bike sales across the world signals a shift in consumer behavior that is finding a viable solution to pandemic travel and exercise issues. A call for social distancing and the quest for protected and more accessible public transportation and sustainable travel has led to the growing adoption of e-bikes by Indigenous residents. And as it is predicted that by 2050 more than 2-5 billion people are expected to live in cities, increased use of e-bikes will be needed to take us all to a sustainable future and reduce pressure on transport options. existing.

The e-bike industry is transforming to be a game changer in realizing an advanced and greener world. So we’re not far off seeing futuristic e-bikes with a solar-powered backup motorcycle, on-board computer, which displays a range of ride data such as speed, location and calorie burn. which will also be sturdy and stable enough for the tough surfaces that are widely used. In addition, folding urban electric bikes that will make city riding safe and efficient will be stored in a briefcase-sized container.

When it comes to parking, a staggering amount of our urban space is devoted to storing cars that may sit still for long hours every day. To occupy less space and transform our current car-based parking system into necessary elements for recreational activities, e-bikes will play an important role in enhancing more spaces inside real estate properties in the urban landscape.

Need for a cycling ecosystem

With e-bikes being the fastest growing e-mobility segment, a cycling ecosystem is central to the ongoing mobility transition. Today, the need of the hour is to address the challenges of e-mobility in a holistic way by recognizing the potential of electric bicycles and developing an urban mobility framework.

Governments need to take simple but effective steps to roll out more and better infrastructure such as building dedicated cycle lanes to make it popular and a preferred choice among people. The goal is to put everyone on the same path for a sustainable future.

In conclusion, the electric bicycle must be the cornerstone of a global, national and local strategy to achieve net zero carbon together. The responsibility lies first with government in terms of funding and legislation for a safe and fair space for cycling, and then with citizens who embrace this transition and pass it on to the next generation for a greener economy and a prosperous world.

Author: Aditya Oza, Marketing Director and Co-Founder – EMotorad

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