E-bikes are becoming the standard for the delivery business, and it’s no mystery why that is. The COVID-19 outbreak nearly bumped up delivery to essential service status, resulting in new trends in the industry. One of those trends is the adoption of futuristic e-bikes. Before getting into the details of their strengths and weaknesses, it’s important to understand the meaning behind the word e-bike. Keep reading for more.
We’re familiar with normal bicycles, which convert the body’s raw power into movement. E-bikes, on the other hand, make use of both energy from the legs and a little gizmo known as an electric motor. When you think electricity, you have to think of batteries, and an e-bike will typically have a rechargeable one.
As with any type of bicycle, e-bikes come in different forms and they all have their own purpose. Delivery falls under utility, and that translates to making use of a cargo bike to haul goods. There are also commuting bikes such as your cruisers as well as performance bikes like your mountain e-bikes.
Apart from differentiating them by form and purpose, there is also an industry-standard classification; or classes. There are classes 1 through 4 of e-bikes, all divided in terms of performance. Class 1 e-bikes have the lowest maximum speed and battery power, and it’s strictly pedal-assisted with no option of a throttle; for example.
E-bikes are known for being green and can help couriers to reduce their carbon footprint, which is great news for the environment. They’re also gentle on the roads, and since the batteries are typically lead and acid-free, this also makes them recyclable. They even last longer, which is great if you don’t want to contribute to waste.
If everyone in the world drove a car, we’d have a lot less space. The air wouldn’t be as great as it is now either if you think about it. If everyone in the delivery business turned to e-bikes, however, there would be a lot less traffic on the roads. They’d just weave through rows of cars like it was nothing, and deliveries would be quicker and more efficient, too.
Something else that makes e-bikes so desirable for delivery services is the cost-saving. They cost less than cars or motorcycles and they’re also cheaper to run, maintain, and insure. With fuel costs constantly hiking, it’s a good thing that e-bikes don’t run on conventional fuel. They don’t break down as much either so that translates into repair cost savings as well.
What’s more, delivery workers riding e-bikes get a meaningful workout with every trip they make. E-bikes are easier on the heart than the average bicycle though, so no aneurysm worries while fulfilling an order. It’s all thanks to the assistance from that electric motor that e-bikes boast of. It offers riders reduced muscle strain while providing enough exercise to fuel a good night’s sleep; which is also important.
There’s no form of transportation that’s completely perfect, and this goes for e-bikes as well. The fact of the matter is that e-bikes are not without their own challenges. One of those is battery life, which is 3-5 years on average but can go up to 8 years with proper use, storage, and maintenance, among other factors.
Another limitation when it comes to e-bikes is the issue of battery range. The farthest an e-bike will go on a single charge is probably 100 miles. There are certain things you can do to maximize your range, such as riding with well-inflated tires. It’s also wise to be mindful of pedaling. Riding in the highest and hardest gear might help with speed, but it really eats away at the battery. That’s why it’s important for delivery workers to educate themselves on the best riding practices.
A concern that often pops up is that of safety. Some people get worried about just how secure delivery personnel and the packages they transport are on e-bikes. They cite the fact that e-bikes are somewhat exposed. For the workers, remaining safe is as simple as wearing the right safety gear and following safety precautions. For the packages, you just need to get the right bike tested and certified to handle heavy loads.
Adopting e-bikes in the delivery service space benefits both the customer and the delivery business itself. No exhaust fumes are created when riding e-bikes, and because lighter and smaller, they take up less space while reducing wear and tear on the road.
E-bikes can also help to keep delivery workers at the peak of their health by providing much-needed exercise. It’s a fact that the world population is generally getting unhealthier, so anything that can contribute to workers’ well-being is a positive.
E-bikes provide a great Return-On-Investment because of lower costs; from taxes to insurance, to repairs and maintenance. Getting around on an e-bike is a dream, you can go off the beaten path and beat traffic while you’re at it in one fell swoop.
Now that you know what there is to gain from using e-bikes for delivery, why wait? Why waste your time and resources on traditional delivery methods when there’s a more eco-friendly and pocket-friendly alternative? Your customers, your business, and even the environment will be grateful you decided to go the e-bike way. Whizz e-bike rentals make it even more accessible with no deposits and no distance limits. Plus, each subscription comes with free accessories that include a reliable U-lock and a roomy basket.
It just makes more business sense to use e-bikes for deliveries. With the ability to zip through traffic, and added endurance on the part of riders; you’ll be able to fulfill more orders. Considering how light they are on the pocket, expanding your operation is a piece of cake. As a business owner, you can have greater control over the delivery processes, with enhanced efficiency and a more significant profit margin.
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