Which US states have the most potential for e-bikes? - SmartCitiesWorld

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Analysis by the Bike Adviser finds that if the US replaced half of all short-distance car trips with e-bikes, it would reduce carbon emissions by as much as 273,000 metric tons daily.

At national level, if the US replaced half of all short-distance car trips with e-bikes, it would reduce carbon emissions as much by 273,000 metric tons every day, a new study suggests.

Using data from the US Census and US Environmental Protection Agency, the Bike Adviser website’s analysis set out to rank the states where e-bikes have the most potential to replace car trips with e-bikes.

Means of transportation

A short car trip is defined as less than five miles. The US has 276 million registered vehicles which make consumers heavily dependent on their cars as a primary means of transportation, generating 551,940 metric tons of CO2 daily at a five-mile range.

Washington DC, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Ohio are named as the top five states for e-bike potential with more than 57 per cent of their car trips being up to five miles.

If only 8 per cent of car trips in California were to be replaced with e-bikes, it would save 4,078 metric tons of CO2 every day

Switching from cars to e-bikes, these states together would save 2,753 metric tons of CO2 every day at an 8 per cent adoption rate. According to the website, this is equivalent to CO2 emissions from 334 million smartphones charged.


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