From Bosch with respect
Sustainability is a community project. Everyone can contribute to protecting resources and reducing emissions - out of respect for nature and future generations. Our mobility, specifically traffic-based mobility, is responsible for more than a fifth of all CO2 emissions worldwide. Using an eBike helps to lower this value.
It enables us to reduce traffic and relieve the environment. An eBike makes the journey to work more relaxed and allows us to do without our cars more often, whether for transporting people or loads. It requires little space and causes neither noise nor exhaust fumes. The switch is a win for the environment. And therefore for every one of us.
eBikes are among the most environmentally friendly means of transport you can get. They offer you sustainable, flexible, emission-free, quiet and climate-friendly mobility.
The eBike is the next evolutionary step in cycling. You can ride for longer, further and higher without sacrificing sustainability.
Sustainability right from the start. From the moment we start to develop a product, we pay close attention to its resource requirements and environmental impact. In this "Design for Environment" process, we consider how a new product can be designed to be as sustainable as possible, across the entire value chain. This starts with the selection of environmentally friendly raw materials and the use of recyclables, continuing through energy-saving manufacturing steps to the design of packaging that is as sustainable as possible.
The CO2 footprint over the entire life cycle is a key metric when comparing the sustainability of different modes of transport. Together with TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH, we have calculated and evaluated the product's carbon footprint according to international standards (ISO14067). The result: about 75 percent of an eBike's CO2 footprint is produced during manufacture, 15 percent during actual use, and the rest during transport, packaging and recycling. The CO2 footprint over the entire lifetime of an eBike is about 14g/km.
If you only consider the time spent on the road with your eBike, the power consumption only results in an average CO2 value of 2-5g/km, depending on the power mix. In comparison, according to the Federal Environment Agency, a car emits about 150 g CO2/passenger kilometre (pkm), while public transport emits between 60 and 80 g CO2/pkm. Compared to all other means of transport, the bicycle and the eBike are significantly lower in emissions.
The eBike is an answer to many questions and challenges of contemporary mobility: shortage of resources, climate change, urbanisation. eBikes are an efficient means of transport, especially over short distances. People who ride eBikes get around more economically and with less environmental impact.
This is the case even though more energy is required in the production of the battery and drive system than for the bicycle: People use eBikes more often and for significantly longer distances. In everyday life, the eBike can replace the car in many situations, for example when eCargo bikes are used for shopping, and the energy required is very low at around 7Wh of electricity per kilometer travelled.
Step-by-step approach to sustainability
To evaluate the sustainability of eBikes, it is necessary to consider all the individual components
separately. The eBike system transforms a bicycle into a means of transport for electromobility. The drive,
battery & display provide electric tailwind, flexibility and riding enjoyment.
The eco footprint of an eBike is largely determined by the production, use and recycling of the battery. That's why we do everything we can to maximise product service life and support sustainable recycling solutions.
A central component in reducing the environmental impact of our drives lies in the consistent reduction in the use of materials. We always try to make each new generation of our components smaller, more compact and lighter. The most important components for the drive system come from a network of European suppliers.
Besides drive & battery, the ecological footprint of the display solutions is much smaller. Nevertheless, for all products, we also consider how we can optimise durability and increase the material mix while at the same time improving the repairability of our products.
Batteries and recycling
Maximum service life
The eco footprint of an eBike is determined from the production, use and recycling of the battery. That's why we do all we can to maximise their service life and to ensure proper disposal. You will find more on the subject of batteries in our battery guide.
At Bosch, we share a common goal: we aim to improve people's quality of life and protect the livelihoods of present and future generations by acting in an economically, ecologically and socially responsible
manner. We are playing a pioneering role in climate protection in particular. Since 2020, the 400+ Bosch locations worldwide - from development and production to administration - no longer have a carbon footprint. Of course this also includes all Bosch eBike Systems locations.
The Bosch eBike Systems product range also makes an important contribution to the sustainable mobility of the future. This is not just part of our corporate responsibility, but also a sign of our respect for customers, partners and the environment. Because as eBikers we feel we have a special bond
with nature. Making a positive contribution to environmental protection is not just a matter of common sense for us - it is something close to our hearts.