10 reasons why the pedelec will catch on as a form of transport.
3. Comfortable, cheap and and definitely faster than a car around town
Compared to public transport or cars, pedelecs are in general considerably more affordable. Costs for a pedelec currently stand at just € 40 per month (2) or less, including depreciation of purchase cost, maintenance and wear.
(2) Calculations by ExtraEnergy based on market values from the previous year. As a basis for calculation the lifespan of a pedelec including batteries was taken as 4 years or 19,200 km, alongside a kWh price of € 0.2, plus annual repair and spares cost of € 150. Alternatively the figure of € 40 per month for motivational leasing via an employer could be used, in which a pedelec to a value of € 1,800 would be leased over a period of three years for € 38.01 per month.
1. Space-efficient to park
2. More mobility in less space
4. Emissions saving
6. Mobility enhancing
7. Health enhancing
8. Energy efficient
10. Climate targets
These reasons have been compiled together among the Go Pedelec consortium and are listed in order of importance from a municipal point of view. Within the Go Pedelec! consortium the municipalities or organizations of the following cities are represented: Naples (IT), Graz (AT), Miskolc (HU), Stuttgart (de) and Utrecht (NL).
Copy: Hannes Neupert, Antje Hopf, prepared within the EU GoPedelec! project: GoPedelec! Handbook (German version)
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Translation: Peter Eland (www.electricbikemag.co.uk)
Pictogram: Moritz Grünke
Online release: Angela Budde
6 December 2012