Whether you’re a environmental activist or just plain tired of rising gas prices, the time is now to consider alternative energy sources. One of the first things you can do, that has immediate results for both your pocket and the environment, is switch to electric powered vehicles. Electric powered scooters, electric bicycle scooters, and electric motor motorcycles are becoming an increasingly more popular form of urban transportation.
From the Department of Energy / Pike Research studies show that even from the dirtiest coal powered electric grids, electric power vehicles produce less green house gas emissions than gasoline vehicles. The good news is that coal use in the U.S. is on the decline. According to government data, over the next 25 years, the projected coal share of electricity will fall to 39%, significantly below the 49% in 2007.
Transportation accounts for between 25% and 34% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and approximately 70% of all U.S. oil use. Globally, the demand for fuel is increasing, especially in developing nations. Besides the fact that the fossil fuel we are so dependent on is NON-renewable, it is also wildly unpredictable. What is the price we pay? The consequences of the BP spill didn’t mean just higher taxes. It meant loss of jobs for Gulf Coast residents, fisherman, tourism, and sadly, damage to the ecosystem. There’s the unrest in the Middle East, but at the top of the list would be pollution. This instability is what our transportation economy is based on.
As disheartening as it appears, it is also exciting to see all of the new, ever improving technology geared towards providing cleaner, safer, and more economical transportation alternatives. Riding electric powered bikes and scooters are a great example of utilizing renewable energy, with a cost of approximately.05 cents per charge (20 – 30 miles). Besides an easier commute, there are many varieties to choose from to fit your specific needs. There’s the electric power bicycle with the option to pedal or power. You get to decide how much effort you want to put in to your ride. Maybe you need an assist getting up the hill, or dealing with headwinds There’s electric bicycle scooters, also known as ebikes. Other than the electric power motorcycle, which requires a drivers license, ebikes are classified as bicycles, and as such would not need a license. Play a role in the growing renewable energy generation and commute by bike.