50cycles electric bikes stamp out carbon footprints with Good Energy

50cycles Ltd, supplier of advanced electric bicycles, announces today an affiliate partnership with renewable energy supplier Good Energy. 50Cycles will recommend that all its electric bicycle customers switch over their electricity to Good Energy, the only UK supplier using 100% renewable sources of energy.

Ultimately, most electric vehicles rely on the burning of oil, gas or coal to recharge their batteries. Recharging with power supplied by Good Energy transforms an electric bike, always one of the smartest and least-polluting ways of travelling, into a truly carbon-neutral means of transport.

From today, all new electric bicycle owners can follow a link to a dedicated 50cycles page on the Good Energy website. There they will find a wealth of information on the company’s renewable energy sources as well as advice on how to switch over their supply.

50cycles own warehouse, workshop and office premises in Loughborough, Leics switched over to Good Energy earlier this year and Scott Snaith, one of the company’s founders and directors, is switching over his own domestic supply.

50cycles electric bicycles are very similar to conventional bikes but equipped with a powerful motor, control unit and Lithium ion battery pack. The motor and battery help the rider maintain a higher average speed than a conventional bike and tackle hills, headwinds and heavy loads with much less effort.

An electric bike like the eZee Torq can provide up to 30 miles of assistance before the need to recharge, making it a viable alternative to the motor car for most journeys. But unlike the motor car, electric cyclists are able to get some exercise as all 50cycles electric bikes come complete with normal pedals and gears and can be ridden with or without motor assistance.

Tim Snaith of 50cycles Ltd says “In these carbon-conscious times, we knew we were halfway there offering technology that greatly reduces the carbon footprint of a journey that might otherwise be made in a car. Customers who choose to switch suppliers to Good Energy can now travel everywhere on their electric bike without leaving any carbon footprint at all.

“And when you compare that with the carbon food miles used up by a hungry, thirsty cyclist covering the same distance at the same speed, electric bicycles come out very, very well indeed.”

Cambridge at rush hour

50cycles had a base in Cambridge for nearly two years and in many ways it is cycling Nirvana – lots of serious, separate cycle tracks, miles of riverside riding, plentiful parking and tens of thousands of of fellow cyclists. This sped-up footage of the junction just to the south of the main college thoroughfare illustrates how a town ruled by bikes works. Look out for how most large vehicles make room for cyclists, but a couple of drivers clearly couldn’t care less!

Is there anywhere else in the UK where similar numbers of cyclists can be seen at certain times of day?

Power-assisted bicycles good for the heart?

There is some evidence that using an electric bike in power-assist mode is a useful form of exercise. Power-assisted cycling allows the rider to stay in a zone of useful aerobic exercise for extended periods of time; pedalling a normal bike brings a higher heart rate, but this cannot be maintained by many riders and may even be harmful (or off-putting) for those who are less healthy.

The research was carried out by the Institute for Transport Studies at the Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University in Australia. Geoff Rose offered the following information on the research:

“The research involved fitting an individual with a heart rate monitor and comparing the readings when a standard course was ridden on a conventional and electric power assisted bicycle. The data for the journey on the E-bike highlighted that the peak heart rate was consistently lower than when on the conventional bike but still in the zone where there was cardiovascular benefit.”

Electric cycling may be ‘cheating’ but it keeps your heart healthy and beating! Clearly, more research needs to be carried out on this.