Is an ebike less or more sustainable?

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Is an ebike less or more sustainable?

As usual the answer is “It all depends”
Compared to car travel – need we say more
Compared to public transport – well OK if it takes you wherever you want to go…
Compared to cycling – an ebike takes electricity to charge up but that can increasingly be non carbon generated. Very little energy is used to charge a battery. Many of the parts of an ebike are the same as an ordinary bicycle so the main difference is the motor and the battery. Much of the energy is still provided by the rider or the amazing design of the bicycle. A lithium battery with a battery management system will last a long time, (think laptop batteries etc) and can be recycled.
Compared to walking – well yes an ebike is beaten here, but beyond a certain distance? With heavy bags to carry?

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