Dec. 6, 2021

E-bikes: the electric vehicle transforming our cities

Zoomo’s Mina Nada chats to Nick and Alex about the role of electric bikes in the future of our cities.

Electric vehicles are a key pillar of our shift to zero carbon transportation. And when we hear the words "electric vehicles" most of us think about cars. But what about e-bikes? In the US for example they outsold cars by over 2 to 1 last year! And they are growing at 16 times faster than general cycling. 

We wanted to feature ebikes because the reality is they’re not replacing walking or the humble push-bike - they’re replacing trips commonly made by cars and even trucks. And it’s because they’re up to 60% faster at getting you what you need

So there’s a good chance your delivered pad-thai came to you on an e-bike and a really good chance it came to you on a Zoomo bike. Zoomo is riding a number of waves: electrification, the rise of the gig economy and consumers LOVE of on-demand products. The waves are so large that they just raised a A$80m funding round to continue to expand their business globally. Their co-founders recently won the TrailBlazer Award at the 2021 Young Entrepreneur Awards so we were lucky to have their CEO Mina Nada to chat e-bikes. 

In this episode we cover:

  • The role of e-bikes in addressing the zero carbon transportation challenge
  • What is driving the explosion of e-bike usage around the world
  • An e-bikes for dummies speed round (costs, charging times, range, theft)
  • Why Zoomo is unique and why the bikes are flying off the shelves
  • How Australia can go about creating a bike culture

Oh and if you listen to this and think - “Geez I wish i knew more about the batteries powering transportation”- we have an episode for that too!


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Music by the late, great Nick Weaver

Production by our hero Mark Spencer from Here.Media

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About the podcast

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing humanity. The consequences are so dire that the media usually focuses on the negative and many of us have no idea where to begin.

To flip the script, clean energy experts Alex McIntosh and Nick Zeltzer host A Positive Climate, an uplifting podcast focused on ways to tackle climate change.

If you want to be inspired by interviews with some of Australia’s most innovative people, if you want to learn a lot (and laugh a little) and if you want a way to leave your climate related existential crises at bay, this podcast is for you.

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