Along with the lives misplaced and the financial injury, the COVID pandemic has wrought untold environmental catastrophe. Plastic bag bans have been reversed, discarded masks now litter sidewalks and parking heaps, and factories worldwide are busy turning petroleum into Plexi for cashier sneezeguards. These results will linger for generations.
One vivid spot: For urbanites in search of private transportation sources, e-bike uptake is positively hovering. Dutch producer VanMoof, who produces what stands out as the prettiest fashions in the marketplace, is using the upswing. “In March 2020, gross sales of e-bikes in America soared by 85% in contrast with the identical month a yr earlier,” the corporate writes.
VanMoof’s share of the pie was even bigger: “Our world Q2 (Apr-June) gross sales progress for e-bikes year-on-year was 379% (overlapping strongly with Covid), [and] our US gross sales improve, year-on-year, 2019/20 (Jan to June) was 91%.” Not unhealthy for an organization with simply two fashions, the standard-sized S3 and the compact-sized X3, each of which retail for $1,998 and include an e-shifter that robotically adjustments gears, in addition to an alarm and site monitoring characteristic to stymie thieves.
As proof of their success, final week VanMoof opened a new store in Seattle, their third in America following Brooklyn and San Francisco outposts. Between the U.S. shops and those in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Paris and Tokyo, in addition to the power to order on-line, the corporate says their “long-term aim is to completely democratize biking, and finally get the subsequent billion on bikes.”
As e-bikes start to extend on our city streets, we’ll simply have to verify they do not come into conflict with other types of electric vehicles.