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The Environment – July 22, 2010

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Many people are considering alternate forms of transportation due to stress on finances and concerns regarding the environment.  The obvious things to consider are hybrid cars, or alternate fuel vehicles, taking public transportation like light rail, or even walking or riding a bike more often.  Lately, the most publicity has been given to electric cars.  Chevy’s Volt that will be an electric-gasoline hybrid and the Tesla electric roadster. But most people won’t be able to afford $50,000 – $100,000 for an electric car, hampering the market.  Plus, these expensive cars are being launched during the worst economic times in history.  Even less expensive electric cars will have difficulty selling.  Better  battery technology, however, is the one thing that will make alternative electric transportation catch on.  Lithium ion batteries can go much farther on a charge.  They generate no pollution and hold their charges for a long time.  Lithium batteries in notebook PC’s is the reason they are getting up to 8 hours on a charge instead of the old technology of nickel-metal-hybrids which got half that at best.  One form of alternate transportation spreading like wildfire is electric bikes.  Electric bikes are selling all over Asia, especially in China where 22 million electric bikes will be sold this year.  That is 10% of the population!  Just 12 years ago, there were only 56,000 electric bikes sold in China.  Europe is also beginning to buy many electric bikes.  The Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy are all increasing their spending on electric bikes.  After no sales just 3 years ago, India will surpass all of Europe in sales of electric bikes by next year.  With so many eBikes being produced in China, you will also see tremendous economies of production scale come into effect and prices will start dropping, making an electric bike even more affordable.  Right now, a good electric bike costs $1,500 – $3,500.  Much cheaper than a car and more fun. With all the success electric bikes are having around the world, when will they become mainstream in the USA? Continue reading »

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