E-Bikes and the Fight Against Climate Change

By: Anneken Tappe · April 16, 2024 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

Colorado’s Subsidy

If you live in Colorado you can score a great deal for yourself ever since the start of this month. And it might be good for the planet, too.

As of April 1, the state offers a new subsidy that will knock $450 off the price of a new e-bike for all residents.

EB versus EV

When it comes to emission-friendly transport, electric vehicles get a lot of buzz. But e-bikes could be an attractive alternative. They’re smaller and easier to store, and don’t add to city traffic. They also require far less lithium compared to electric cars – a key ingredient in the switch to electric anything.

In 2022, Americans purchased more e-bikes than electric cars. Other states and cities, including Connecticut and Tampa, also offer subsidies and have seen overwhelmingly strong demand, signaling that the market may have more room to grow.

Cutting Emissions

A joint study partly conducted by the city of Denver found that new e-bike owners typically replace 3.4 car round trips per week with bike rides. With this in mind, the city estimates that each dollar spent on e-bike subsidies helps avoid nearly one pound of carbon dioxide emissions.

And then there’s the option for those who don’t want to spend money on an e-bike, subsidy or not: the plain old bicycle.

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