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Electric powered boats, bikes on the rise

Electric cars, bikes, and boats: three ways the electric motor has gone mobile. While the rise of a company like Tesla has been astronomical and highly publicized, electric powered cars were motivated chiefly by recognition of climate change. A renewed devotion to the environment made going green at least partially fashionable. It caught on in transportation circles, especially in havens for innovative ideas: progressive American cities, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, to name a few.

For the boat and the bike, however, installation of electric motors wasn’t driven entirely by the same force. In both instances, users turned to the new alternative for 1) convenience and 2) cost reduction.

E-boats have actually been around the longest—but sailed under the sonar—and could be looking at a robust future. Prospects from an investment scope have improved drastically, namely due to the rise of renewable energy sources. As with EV automobiles, the long-term cost of ownership and maintenance of marine EVs is expected to plummet due to cheap electricity, energy harvesting, lower battery costs, and improved reliability. Many new forms of energy harvesting can help stretch out those kilowatt-hours and range. And, as an enthusiastic chap explains in the video below, they’re also quieter:

E-bikes have streamlined motor efficiency practices and miniaturized electric motor models to create a new product designed for commuters and physical health benefits. They can make it easier for the elderly to ride into their later years by offering propulsion, and they can also make it harder for those who want to exercise while they ride by offering resistance settings. They encompass all things environmentally-friendly, promoting cleaner commutes. Most of them are lighter than traditional bicycles. Many use lithium-ion batteries, and have a range of around 30 miles per charge, which generally takes about 4-5 hours. “As with electric car batteries, there is a defined life cycle, in this case about 500 charges, perhaps 2 – 4 years,” Brad Auerbech of Forbes writes.

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