Bloomberg: “Climate-friendly e-bikes are a key part of plans to decarbonize urban transportation. To speed adoption, more cities are offering lending programs that can expose more riders to this new mode…With U.S. sales growing 145% in 2020 — boosted in part by Covid-19 shutdowns and an explosion in outdoor recreation — e-bikes are steadily becoming more familiar sights on the streets. Policy leaders are eyeing the vehicles as key agents in the battle to reduce carbon emissions from transportation: Research has shown that e-bikes can substitute for car trips more readily than regular bikes, with riders traveling longer distances and more frequently. Their overall carbon impact is a fraction of that of electric cars…”
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