People are turning to e-bikes to counter rising gas prices
As gas prices continue to rise across Arizona, many are turning to other modes of transportation to help ease the pain at the pump. Some are turning to public transit to counter rising gas prices. Many are switching to e-bikes – or e-bikes – instead of using their cars for short trips around town.
To Pedego Electric Bikes in Scottsdale, co-owner Bill Puryear said there has been an increase in e-bike sales during the pandemic and now that gas prices continue to rise.
“We’ve had people looking to buy e-bikes because they’re tired of paying such high prices at the pump,” Puryear said. “We even brought in a couple who sold their car and bought an e-bike because it was cheaper in the long run and the woman only needed to ride a few miles a day to get to work and to come back.”
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Sales of e-bikes are currently surpassing records set at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. E-bikes are becoming more and more affordable, and many bike shops offer e-bike rentals. Local and online stores have many options at different price points, so there’s a bike for every financial situation. Walmart now even sells e-bikes.
The main thing people notice about e-bikes is how much money they will save over the lifetime of owning an e-bike. On average, the $4.50 people spend at the pumps pays for enough electricity for an e-bike to travel 2,000 miles, or roughly the distance between Phoenix and New York. Current electric costs to charge an e-bike for a year average $21.17.
The popularity and growth of the e-bike has overtaken traditional bikes from 2020 to 2021. With a 240% growth in sales over the past year, e-bikes are no longer selling road bikes. Many brands are starting to offer less expensive styles of e-bikes, creating an opening for more riders.
“There are many options to choose from when it comes to e-bikes,” Puryear said. “Folding bikes are more affordable and great for covering short distances. The standard models travel longer distances due to the larger batteries, and then you have the top of the range that hits higher speeds and lasts even longer between charges.
As gas prices continue to rise, more and more people are looking for alternative means of transportation. Electric bikes are a great option when you’re commuting a few miles to work or the store. So if you’re looking to save money and get some exercise, visit your local e-bike shop. See which style suits you, hit the road, and wave to people at the pumps as you zoom in.
Joey Hancock is a freelance writer for EBike Press a dedicated resource for e-bike enthusiasts. He resides in Tempe and is a graduate of Arizona State University.