Electric Motors: Going Further with E-Bikes
Electric motors have been around long before our readers, and society's current use is a testament to their innovative design. You may have read a little history about them, so it's no surprise people around the world use them every day. The push for new electrified technologies is exciting and constantly pushing the boundaries of what we can do. As part of a series, we're going to be covering the practical uses of electric motors that affect and enhance our lives. The electrification movement has amazing applications that we may not see, but are always among us. From e-mobility in e-bikes, let's get started.
If you live in a big city or enjoy hiking trails, you've probably spent a fair amount of time with a conventional bike. Here in the US, bikers are accustomed to gears which allow for manual pedaling. There's no substitute for a good workout, but what if you need to get somewhere faster? The answer comes in the form of e-bikes. The first of its kind was made in 1897, and they've come a long way since. One of the great benefits of e-bikes is that they use a rechargeable battery. Recent European and Asian regulations in some countries have been calling for a bigger shift towards e-mobility over the more traditional motorized gas-powered designs the world has come to know.
Let's go over a few points. E-bikes offer less emission from motorized transportation, are significantly quieter, and take you further, faster. If you're not training for the Tour De France, then you're probably traveling about 10-12 miles per hour on your traditional bike. Even then, you may be more experienced and ride about 16-20 miles per hour with a traditional road or mountain bike. e-bikes average a 20-28 mph ride while making the pedaling process easier. It's an assisted ride that still gets a good workout and cuts down on your work commute considerably. As an added bonus, you won't be filling the air with harmful emissions or loudly waking up half the town as a gas-powered bike can. Now that crazy trail can take you 20-30 minutes instead of an hour or more. It's a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and speed up your ride.
Sustainable practices are becoming more common the world over, and e-bikes take this to the next level. In the past five years, over 20 countries have announced a phase shift that will eliminate fossil-fuel-powered transportation. Countries like Austria have a government plan in place for 2020, and others such as Denmark, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, and India have a target, agreement, or incentive in place for 2030-2040. Even one e-bike sold for practical purposes causes a huge shift in environmental impact in place of primarily using a gas-powered car. With an international shift, this movement has the potential to increase air quality, reduce smog, and eliminate your daily commute's carbon footprint.
E-bikes eliminate a range of problems and provide innovative solutions that fossil-fuel based motors can't. In fact, lithium batteries have a lifespan of over a decade, providing more efficient use of resources and overall lower average replacement costs by a mile. Remember your most recent trip to the auto-part store when you went in for an oil change and ended up spending $1,000 because a niche part of your vehicle was in "need" of replacement? Electric transportation will cut down on those costs considerably. E-bikes have multiple uses for more activities where cars and motorcycles won't compete. Worried about parking? Having enough room to place your vehicle at the next family function? Getting to work on time without getting stuck in traffic? Low on gas? E-bikes. In many ways, the switch is a no-brainer.
With the examples above, it's easy to see how electric motors are shaping important methods of transportation. The future of electrification is truly transitioning to systems that are faster, more efficient, and extending use to maximize one's experience. E-bikes are excellent examples of enhancing the way we commute and zip around town. Electrical engineers are well-equipped in their new designs and are exploring many more options in e-mobility, in addition to contributing to motors in automated vehicles, cars, scooters, wheelchairs, and even surfboards! With a focus on the bigger scope of environmental safety, the world has come to acknowledge the responsibility of e-mobility. Essentially, there are countless possibilities for the future of electric motors. The next time you use anything motorized, take a closer look. It may be powered by electrical engineering.