Download the document here.
In the ideal case newly introduced pedelecs replace cars. But does this really happen or is it just wishful thinking? Within a city council you might have to justify the energy and environmental benefits of pedelecs compared to alternatives such as public transport. In this document we try to gear you up with useful related background information. In such discussions the following questions may be raised:
  1. Do pedelecs consume more energy and produce more CO2 emissions than ordinary bicycles? What are the basic critical assumptions when answering this question?
  2. Is it reasonable or is it just wishful thinking to assume that the promotion of pedelecs reduces kilometers run with cars?
  3. Provided the concept for providing the electricity for pedelecs is by regional renewable energy: How much area is needed for the production of the annual energy demand of a pedelec?