Why an Electric 2-Wheeler is the Smartest Choice for Urban Commutes

Commuting within Indian cities has become more challenging over the years due to the huge increase in vehicles on the roads from 127.7 million in 2010 to 326.3 million in 2020. The cost of commuting has also risen as fuel prices have nearly doubled in the past decade from Rs 51.43 in June 2010 to Rs 101 in June 2023.

A man and a woman wearing smart clothing on electric scooters driving past each other. There is a city in the background

In such a grim scenario, electric bikes in India offer a smart solution as a viable choice for urban commutes. Electric 2-wheelers represent the cheapest mode of travel with their smart user-centric technology and low running costs that allow you to navigate the congested landscapes of towns and cities smoothly.

An electric bike in India is also a robust solution to the country’s pollution problems, which makes it a futuristic vehicle. Let’s explore in detail how electric bikes in India are the best solution to otherwise tiring and costly urban commutes.

Best Way to Get Out of Gridlock

What could be a better way to avoid the hassles of traffic jams in the world’s most populous country? Commuting with large fuel-powered vehicles in traffic jams can cause unexpected delays, turning a short commute into an exhaustive ordeal.

With shared electric mobility services like Yulu, you will always have access to ready transportation for short commutes or a trip to public transport stations at any given point in time without the need for a personal vehicle.

Electric Bikes are User-Oriented

Low-speed electric vehicles (LSEVs) are designed to cater to urban residents’ mobility needs and act as safe, efficient and enjoyable commuting companions. These bikes are convenient for travel, as their small form factor and speed (with a top limit of 25 kmph) ensures that you don’t need a license to ride them.

Take for example Yulu’s Miracle electric bike which has a lightweight design and a comfortable seat, features a robust braking and suspension system, and is backed by heavy-duty solid rubber tyres that are puncture-proof. The smart dockless electric bike comes with a range of 60 km and a safe speed limit. It is loaded with state-of-the-art IoT technology that works in the background to track and enhance every aspect of the rider’s comfort and safety.

Yulu also delivers a seamless experience by offering affordable rides on a pay-per-use basis via its Android and iOS apps. A user can pick up and drop the bikes in Yulu-operated parking spots known as Yulu Zones. All you need is to open the app, find a bike near your location, start riding and end your ride in any Yulu Zone near your destination.

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Yulu Miracle

High Savings on Fuel

Commuting to work or for household chores like buying groceries can come at a price, especially when fuel prices have reached record levels. Similarly, if you don’t have a vehicle, public transportation and taxi services can also burn your savings if you don’t have a vehicle. This is the most critical factor in why an electric bike in India is the future.

An electric bike can be a perfect cost-effective alternative. You just have to charge the battery and start for your destination. Moreover, shared EVs are a perfectly affordable solution for short everyday commute. For example, you can ride a Yulu Miracle EV at a base charge of Rs 5, followed by Rs 2.5/ minute for every minute ridden. Similarly, Yulu Miracle has a one-day rental pack that starts from Rs 299 for a day’s worth of unlimited usage.

Further, electric 2-wheeler vehicles in India attract GST of just 5%, which benefits the end consumer.


Two-wheelers constitute around 80% of total vehicle sales in India. They are primarily powered by internal combustion engines (ICE) and are thus a major source of air pollution.

According to the International Council on Clean Transportation, two-wheelers account for 60% of India’s petrol consumption. In 2020, they emitted 38 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is expected to increase to 56 million tonnes by 2030.

On the other hand, electric 2-wheelers don’t use fossil fuels and hence are environment-friendly. Moreover, such vehicles create zero noise pollution, enhancing the quality of urban commutes. If the penetration of electric 2-wheelers in India increases to 60%, with a CO2 level of 56 million tonnes can be brought down by 42% by 2030.

Shared Electric Mobility: A Viable Solution

Ride-sharing and electric bike rental services, due to their enormous potential for positive societal impacts in terms of pollution, congestion and energy consumption, have become widespread across the world.

Be it intra-city mobility, first-and-last mile connectivity, a commute option to go to the office, or having fun outings nearby, shared mobility offers an affordable and sustainable ride experience.

Here are some facts about shared electric mobility that make it a smart choice for urban travel:

  • According to a recent study conducted by Emory University, shared mobility programmes increase economic activities in cities and generate spending, especially for the local economy.
  • Further, electric 2-wheelers in India, when used as shared mobility vehicles, can play a vital role in solving urban vehicle density problems. They also improve connectivity with public transportation networks like metros, railways and buses.
  • With the latest technology in the form of mobile apps and cloud platforms, booking vehicles in real-time, planning end-to-end journeys, parking and payment can be done at your fingertips.

Change the Way You Commute with Yulu

Electric bikes are the future of urban commuting. It’s only a matter of time before electric vehicles in India will become mainstream and people realise their significant economic and environmental benefits.

Electric 2-wheelers, besides being fun and environment-friendly, also open up several avenues to build a more connected community and simultaneously contribute to the local economy.

Yulu is working on the same principles by offering the best electric bikes in India to reduce traffic congestion and pollution and acting as a key growth driver in personal and shared electric mobility.

This article was originally published by Yulu.


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