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E-Bikes are a cool & smart way to ride. 29 June, 2008

Posted by Rahul in Environment, Technology.
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With inflation at more than 11% and fuel prices zooming only upwards, it is hard time for the common man in India. But now there is an easy and fun way to cut the pain in your pocket. It is simple. Just get yourself an E-bike (electric bike) – two-wheelers that run on electric power instead of petrol/gasoline.

There are many advantages of using E-bikes.

* Zero fuel consumption!

* Lower maintenance costs (almost negligible).

* Environment Friendly (zero emissions).

* They can run for 10 to 15 paise per km in comparison to fuel cost of Rs1 per Km for regular bikes or two-wheelers.

Though the cost (Rs14,000 to Rs 35,000 depending on the model) of E-bikes is a little more than petrol powered bikes, the obvious advantages cannot be overlooked. Plus, as these bikes have a top speed of 25 Kmph, are below 25 cc category and are gearless, most of them do not fall under ‘Automotive Research Association of India’ (ARAI) requirements. So there is no need of registration and payment of road tax. One doesn’t even need a license to drive these bikes! Now ain’t that cool!

According to a recent 10-city study by A C Nielsen, it is assumed that the nascent electric two-wheeler (E-bike) market in India is at nearly 5 lakh units. It is not a small market for a comparatively new technology and obviously many companies want to launch their models in India. According to (ARAI), since January this year atleast 12 companies have applied for certification to launch their E-bikes in the Indian market.

Among the existing E-bike manufacturers the well-known ones are:

* Electrotherm India (Ahmedabad based), Brand name: Yo-Bikes.

* Ace Motors (Maharashtra based).

* Hero Electric [this is a joint venture between the Hero group (India) & Ultra Motors (UK)].

* Atlas (Haryana)

Various surveys indicate that its only a matter of time that E-bikes take-off in a big way in India and become a popular mode of transport. So students, housewives, office travelers or whoever you may be, just be ready for the E-effect?!

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1. Dinesh Babu - 26 July, 2008

Good Post Rahul, I have 2 points to make:

1. I cannot agree to the “Zero Fuel Consumption”. It is going to consume energy in the form of electricity. So the fuel for this bike should be read as Electricity and in Units of it.

2. At 25Kmph I love the idea of no drivers license and not being stopped by traffic constables. But it might not be useful beyond traveling withing a few KMs in the city and mostly it will be used by High school students or House wives going to the market/bakery. Office goers, I am not sure.

Dinesh: Welcome to the Blog.
1.By “Zero Fuel Consumption” I meant zero petrol consumption.But you are right in your take about ‘electricity’ being the fuel here.

2.I sincerely wish that in near future an integrated network of ‘Electric charging stations’ is built allover the country.

2. DuraIllup - 21 May, 2009

Solid internet site=) Hope to come back again soon!


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