An e-bike could help you reduce your car use.
Benefits of an e-bike
Electric bikes are an increasingly popular option for low emissions transport.
The battery-powered electric motor makes cycling less of a challenge, providing a boost for hills, headwinds and carrying extra loads.
The battery can be removed from the bike frame and plugged into a regular power socket to charge.
You can buy an e-bike to suit the type of riding you’ll do (such as terrain and distance), or fit an existing bike with a motor kit.
How much does it cost to charge an e-bike?
Fully charging a typical 400Wh battery would cost around 13 cents* and provide a boost for around 40km of travel.
For comparison, running a clothes dryer for 10-15 minutes also costs about 13 cents.
At this rate, cycling 20km five days a week for a year would cost less than $20.
* Calculation assumes 80% efficient charging, consuming 0.5 kWh at a price of $0.26 per kWh. Electricity costs will vary.