At the Nantes Velo-city event earlier in June, the European Cyclists Federation (ECF) presented a new tool which calculates savings for E-bike users, which has drawn the attention of business and municipal managers alike.
It’s obviously less expensive to buy an E-Bike compared with the cost of a car, van or truck, or even a scooter. How much can a business or a council save? The Pro-E-Bike SIM(ulation) Tool will calculate that for you, based on the data you input for your particular circumstances. It lets you look at total costs, starting with purchase prices, and including fixed and variable costs like insurance, maintenance and fuel.
As the Tool works offline, all the data you input is yours and yours alone. The Tool was developed over a long period of time and works across all EU countries, with consortium partners providing input to the development of the tool from their respective countries. Some of this results in time savings for the user, as there are some standard values for certain countries.
Ms Lara Moura is from OCCAM, which developed the Pro-E-Bike SIM Tool explained that “One of our objectives was to develop a simple and easy-to-use E-bike simulation tool for companies and public bodies that have a fleet of vehicles. This enables potential E-bike users to simulate the impact of the use of E-bikes. It analyse the potential benefits in terms of costs and emissions by using E-bikes in their business.”
The tool compares different technologies, cars, vans, scooters, versus bicycles and e-bikes. The data is provided by the users including the number of trips. It does look at fuel consumption in litres/100 km and purchase costs in Euros, but these values are easily converted from mpg and GB£.
The researchers drew the conclusion that it is possible to see 25% of all trips to bikes or e-bikes in EU towns and cities, and 42% of all motorised trips. Of huge significance for the logistics sector is the finding that 51% of all motorised trips related to goods transport in EU towns and cities could be carried out economically with e-bikes.
The authors thanked Mr Gary Armstrong from Outspoken Delivery and Mr Richard Armitage from Richard Armitage Transport Consultancy Ltd, for provision of expertise, knowledge and experience, in the development of the simulation tool. They also acknowledged Martin Kaspar from Innovationmanufaktur GmbH, for feedback and suggestions after testing the tool.
You can download the form for your own use, and then also provide feedback on how you found it in use.
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