Electric bicycles and cars
In this video, normal, customized and race bicycles are shown. This represents the different purposes of having one. Some uses it as a way to exercise, as a sport and as a mode of transportation. You might like to
read the Part 1 of Green Transport of Blooming Etiquette. (see video her)
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Sheree Ann K. Indiongco
As we grow, our priorities changes into something that fits to our daily lives and definitely compromising some of our luxuries. We practically learn the difference between luxury and needs. If I could think of a luxury that I had 6 years ago was that going to the salon and having my hair fix by a trained hairstylist on a regular basis or or even more.
But all of that changed after some time, I get to be contented by coloring my own hair and treating myself into a homemade spa that could be easily found in our kitchen. Result, I have managed to pay my bills on time and had saved up for something more important like eating the food that I am craving for and being in the mall with my small siblings having delicious meals at a restaurant once in a while. Then I realized, it is our basic needs that needs to be fulfilled first before everything else.
Abraham Maslow's pyramid of needs is very true.
In this part of my research about electrically and or manually powered vehicles, I have noticed that it is quite expensive to invest/convert to these methods.
Do you know why?
Aside from the reason that not too many manufacturers at the moment, converting to green energy is something that is not normal to many of us. For more than a century, we were dependent on using fuel/diesel/gasoline/oil powered vehicles. The reality is that fuel/gasoline/oil helps us enormously and will until forever. What we do not know is that consuming these resources in large amounts each time, results to becoming limited.
Sad to say, it takes a lot of effort to start it or maintain it. I myself had a hard time realizing that as well. Soon, I will be using bicycle regularly as a form of transportation going to places I've never been before. hehehe! But yes to places like supermarket, school, workplace, visiting friends and more.
Through my interview with Jacob about his long-waited wish, I get to know him deeply. His needs, his dreams and his priorities.
I told him a couple of times, "we have many tricycle manufacturers in the Philippines and it is 7x or more cheaper". It is because in the Philippines, motor-powered tricycle is a very popular mode of transportation to small streets. There may be some manufacturers who are currenlty working to align them or built to be electrically powered. At some point, I believe it is possible. There will be more filipinos who will be in that business and hopefully they will be receiving a fair labor cost.
(This is a sample picture of a tricycle in the Philippines. Grabbed from Google shared public photos.)
This is the part 1 of my interview and part of my research about "Technology & the Environment". I will try my best to write in a very informative manner so everyone who reads my homepage would learn about a greener transport system (which talks about public transport system and private cars). I will conduct short interviews from the manufacturer(s) and other related parties to enlighten you more.
I would like to be the first one to write about his long-waited dream vehicle and so I think I was fast enough to take videos and research on some other topics closely related to it. :D
Take note that his electric bicycle is customized. It was designed according to Jacob's needs specifically. I could not fit myself on it because I could not reach the pedals. Maybe I am a bit short. :/
Sheree: Hej min kære. What made you thought about having an electric bicycle?
Jacob: The thought of getting a bike with an electric assist was like getting a very cheap electric car that could get me cheaply to work. I used to drive a suzuki alto which is also economically sound. I normally spend between 1,500 - 2,200 danish kroners for the gasoline each month (take note: taxation cost is very high in Denmark and Norway). It is equalled to their good social welfare.
With this bicycle, the single fully-charged battery could take you as far as 140 km. That is equalled to/ more or less to 4 hours of bicycling at a speed of 35km/hour. Max speed of the electric bicycle is 75 km/hr.
Sheree: Would you like to share with us how you learned about it; that it could possibly help you a lot in saving money?
I knew that your primary purpose of getting one is for a better economy. You save more by driving a bicycle on the way to work everyday instead of a car that needs to have its insurance maintained, gasoline, repairs, etc.
Jacob: Well, I spent a lot of time into research to figure out what kind of electric bicycle to get and how it could cope to the weather situations in Denmark. As you said the economic factors plays a big role also a bonus in getting one is that you get to have great health benefits from it since you exercise while you are travelling with it.
Sheree: How did you find the suppliers/manufacturers?
Jacob: I did manage to find the producer of my velomobil through the internet. It wasn’t easy to find him since it is not yet that popularly introduce to the danish/scandinavian market.
Sheree: You mentioned to me before that you talked first to a chinese manufacturer who promised to produce one but failed to do so, maybe because of the probability that the manufacturer's economy could not afford to invest making one to its clients who will be initially be depositing at least 10% of the full amount. Luckily, you managed to get back your money back after a few months of dispute.
Jacob: The producer from China did not seemed to be able to manufacture it at a time frame as we agreed and also there was no hard proof that the product is being made during that time.
Sheree: You have been driving it for 2 weeks now. Tell us what are the pros and cons of having one, based on your observation.
Jacob: The pros and cons
You get to save money. No gasoline. Charging the battery is like charging a cellphone.
Low maintenance like an ordinary bicycle.
The battery could be turned on and off.
The battery from my experience helps you keep with the pace or consistent speed km/hour pedalling.
Exercise which is good for overall health.
A magnent for conversation and common interests.
Sometimes you get a lot of attention since it is new to their eyes.
Cannot just park it everywhere in the city or public places at the moment.
Sheree: Investment wise, do you think it is worth paying the money or loan in the bank (if there is or if possible) for some matters by having a special electric bicycle?
Jacob: Well for me it is since im going to use it the whole year round and hopefully more than a decade of rain and cold weather, while a normal bike would be too hazard to use sometimes. Example snow and rainwater if there’s any. So yes its worth paying/working for the things that would benefit you in the future. But nonetheless, it all depends to a person's preference.
Sheree: What are the (special) specs of your electric bicycle?
Jacob: Weight 38 kilograms without a passenger (the weight of the battery makes the most of it).
It has 18 gears.
It was designed to flow with the air easier ”aero dynamics” so the body or casing itself is very light and moves fast when you drive it. The bonus part is that you are protected and/enveloped when driving. It has windows that could protect you from the rain and wind in the winter time (that is to be reviewed in the next 3-5 months).
Sheree: Thank you very much my love for sharing some practical information about your electrical bicycle. ;)
Everyone of us has special needs. It is the same with all other creatures. What makes us happy defines who we are. My point of interests could not be the same as yours. The way I see the changing environment is not easy to understand by others. I can only guarantee that we learn something each time. Please do not hesitate to interact with me. You can write to my e-mail or contact me under the contact section of Blooming Etiquette. Or see Contact Details
Sheree Ann K. Indiongco
Continue reading below to see the video of Jacob's electric bicycle and my blog about folding bikes & Tiklop Society of the Philippines (TSP).
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In one of my research projects of finding alternative modes of transportation that is undoubtedly creating an impact to our environment, I discovered the TSP group that was founded in 2009 led by Pio Fortuno.
I remember back in 2014, TSP escorted us into a rural place in the Philippines in support to the Rotary Club of Angeles Skytown medical and dental mission in the area of Sapangbato, Angeles City.
Many might not know, that the Philippines is considered an agricultural and developing country, but sad to say that more areas in the center of the country is waste and air polluted. Admit it or not, from the time we were thought to be responsible of our own trash, we sometimes forget or worst, have ignored it even if it is just a tiny trash from a candy wrapper.
On the brighter side, many Filipinos are excelling in promoting a healthier environment and that counts to peace and prosperity. One movement would not be enough to say "I participate in the development." One should always be consistent in his/her mission towards achieving his goals. Small or big it may be. If not, pass the knowledge or awareness to someone who could do it or make the lead afterwards. Life is always a cycle, we received, we give, we learn, we support, we lead.
Moreover, air pollution is a major problem in many countries in the world. Some car companies started producing electrical powered cars that could provide cleaner exhausts and green mobility. We do not of course state that diesel powered cars should be taken out into consideration when it comes to private and public vehicle/modes of transportation. These great helps our industry, both air and land.
Green transport system is a contribution to lessen the dependency of the use of oil in general. Reducing it to some amount so that we would then use it either for household or industrial purposes.
In Denmark, bicycling is very popular and it is also because it is a part of their culture. In every city and in small streets, you will see bicycle lanes and even stop lights for these lanes. A lot of people uses it everyday to go to school, work, grocery shopping, travelling, as a sport, as an exercise and many more.
I learned to bicycle even when I am wearing high heeled shoes and a dress on. What could be more fashionable and practical than riding a bicycle? ;) Just do not forget a helmet on.
Sometimes, you will see the danish or the new danes are wearing formal dresses and coats. Yes, the cost of public transportation in Denmark is very high. Oh yes. From my own point of view, it might be because of the environmental hazards it has and at the same time, things like these in Denmark are heavily taxed. I will try to reach out to DSB, Ministry of Transport and to the ministry of Food and Environment to know more about it and enlighten more of my readers of this topic.
In the statement below, you will learn about the Tiklop Society of the Philippines. This is from TSP's facebook page.
The Tiklop Society of the Philippines is a Philippine-based, non-stock, non-profit organization that brings together decent people with a singular love and appreciation for folding bicycles. It is a nexus for discussion about the technical aspects of these bikes as well as avenue for fostering camaraderie among the members by facilitating friendly discussions, meet-ups and rides. All folding bike brands are welcome here, as we are bound by the folding action of these amazing machines. Tiklop, is the Filipino word for "fold".
TSP seeks to promote the use of folding bikes as a means to better oneself and achieve cleaner air and more livable cities. By nature of its fold, these bikes are most suitable to bimodal transportation, wherein one combines biking with other modes of public transportation such as buses, jeepneys, or trains. Through this, one can easily increase their range of travel and this will hopefully cut down on the number of private cars on the road. These bikes are well suited to urban landscape with its quick fold, they may be taken inside establishments such as malls, groceries, markets, banks and the workplace. If enough people bike to their destinations instead of using cars, there will be less road congestion, promote cleaner air, calmer streets and a healthier populace.
Formed in 2009, TSP has rapidly grown from a single member to quite a handful today. In a short time, TSP has been instrumental in making small-wheeled folding bikes acceptable to the riding public.
For further information about TSP, visit their facebook group:
Tiklop Society of the Philippines.
You can also download the project in pdf form of the Ministry of Transport in Denmark entitled "A Greener Transport". You might get great ideas and inspiration. You are welcome to write to me so I can send you a pdf form of it to your e-mail. Contact me under the contact details section of my website. See their official website here:
The photo in this page was taken during one of TSP's "Lighten Up" Projects wherein we stand by the side of the road and flag down bike commuters from the financially challenged sectors, and when they stop we outfit their bikes with lights and give them vests and helmets if we have any. This way it is hoped that they have a safer journey when they ply the roads to and from work everyday. Such is the spirit of TSP, where we aim to give back to society as well.
Photo courtesy of TSP.
Note: Next week, I will be sharing Jacob's experiment into shifting to an electric mode of transport. I will be writing about his curiosity and investment related opinions by having a Velo Mobil.
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My willingness to be better at writing and research has pushed me to have my own webpage. I am making a research about different topics from time to time and hoping to reach those people with inspirational thoughts, love for music, art, culture and more.
-Sheree Ann K. Indiongco