The blogger found out whether electric bikes are cheaper than gasolineSeptember 4, 2019
For a year, the guy on the usmcsaxoki Youtube channel rode the 2018 Zero SR and Honda CB650F motorbikes to find out which one is less costly. The results were not as clear as expected.
On the one hand, it seems that electric motorcycles have an advantage over gasoline because you do not need to spend money on fuel. But on the other hand, you will have to pay more for electricity, which is essentially the same. So is it cheaper to charge an electric bike than to refuel a regular one? Yutuber usmcsaxoki has proven that yes, cheaper.
In his video, he shows the approximate cost of charging Zero SR over the past year. During this period he dashed 9,496.74 km. His motorcycle has an average range of 193.12 km, 12.6 kWh is required for a full charge, “fuel economy” is 15.33 km per kWh. Given the average price tags for electricity per year, $ 65.68 came out spent on charging the bike.
Using the same scheme, he calculated the annual cost of fuel for his gasoline Honda CB650F. Thus, it turned out $ 288.32, which is more than $ 200 more than the cost of charging an electric bike. And if a motorcycle requires premium fuel, the amount grows by another $ 80.
The benefits of an electric motorcycle are obvious, but it’s not just the numbers. It takes a certain amount of time to recharge it, while a gas bike can be refueled in minutes. Fuel is also easier to get than finding a charging station, especially if you are traveling.
Do not forget about the cost of the motorcycles themselves. You will find a large number of equipment with ICE both much more expensive and much cheaper options with an electric motor. Green transport is on the verge of conquering the world, so its price is not as affordable as we would like. However, it is worth considering that it does not require an oil change, valve adjustment or any other work, which makes it a bargain.
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