In order to understand the ecological impacts of petrol vs. electric mobility, we analyzed the results of several studies that reveal a complex mix of ecological impacts on human health, environment, and natural resources. They consider many factors, such as global warming potential, toxic emissions, smog formation, land use, damage to water systems, demand for non-renewable energy. All these factors have been aggregated into a single measure called Eco-indicator Points.
The graphic below gives Eco-indicator Points for cars, scooters, and cycles compared to their electric version. Three factors are considered separately:
- ROAD: ecological impact of road building and maintenance.
- VEHICLE: ecological impact of manufacturing and maintenance for the vehicle;
- USE: the ecological impact of driving the vehicle.
At Kinisi, we realized that the next best vehicle after the pedal cycle is the electric cycle, with very little ecological impact. We decided to provide this form of sustainable mobility to Auroville, and as a start, we rent e-cycles to Guests, Newcomers, and long-term Volunteers. You are welcome to try one of our models. We are located at CSR, about 10 minutes walk from Town Hall, inside the gate facing Auromodele Guest House.
The Kinisi Team
Sustainable Mobility for All
Source: Life Cycle Assessment of conventional and electric bicycles, Andrea Del Duce, EMPA Material Science and Technology, Friedrichshafen, September 2, 2011