Getting Around Town Costs Less on an Ebike

With flexible financing options, an ebike is the most cost-effective way to get around. Here's how we stack-up against all those other transportation choices.
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<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Whether you’re heading to work, running errands, or hitting the bike path for some weekend fun, everyone needs a way to get from point A to point B. </span></p>
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<p class="p1"><span class="s1">But those travel costs really add up. In fact, transportation usually ends up <a href="https://www.bls.gov/cex/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">eating away at 16 percent of most Americans’ monthly budgets</a>, making it the second-highest recurring expense behind housing. </span></p>
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<p class="p1"><span class="s1">It shouldn’t be that way. With the <a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmission-electric-metro-bike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">RadMission Electric Metro Bike</a>, it doesn’t have to be. </span></p>
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<p class="p1"><span class="s1">This sleek, stylish single-speed marvel is available now for just $1,099 -- our most affordable ebike to date.</span></p>
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<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The price tag has a cool factor all its own, but did you know that with <a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/pages/financing"><span class="s2">36-month financing options</span></a>, you can start riding Rad for as little as <b>$36 a month?*</b></span></p>
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<p class="p4"><span class="s1">That comes out to about <b>$1.16 per day --</b> less than your average cup of coffee, and probably way less if you like the good stuff. And hey, who doesn’t?</span></p>
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<p class="p4"><span class="s1">That sounds pretty impressive, right? Well, just wait until you see how much you can save by switching to an ebike.</span></p>
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<h2>1. Tired of the bus? Save money by taking control of your commute.</h2>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmission-electric-metro-bike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img alt="RadCity and RadMission riders talk along a seaside dock." src="//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0799/9645/files/MISSION_Blog_2048x2048.jpg?v=1598979288" style="float: none;" /></a></p>
<h6 style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmission-electric-metro-bike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The RadMission</a> has a high-torque 500W motor that makes short work of long stretches of bike lane and daunting hills. It has an innovative ~7 pound battery that's compact, but engineered to still achieve 45-plus miles of range on a single charge.</h6>
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<p style="text-align: left;">While buses have long been viewed as a sensible alternative to cars, they're nowhere near as budget-friendly as an ebike.</p>
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<p style="text-align: left;">On average, bus fare costs between $1.25-3.00 per trip. Even if you're relying on the bus solely for a daily commute, that comes out to a monthly cost of roughly <strong>$55-$66.</strong></p>
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<p style="text-align: left;">Not only does an ebike come in under that cost, but it also gives you the freedom to avoid crowds and set your own schedule. Plus, you'll have the peace of mind that comes with never needing to reload your fare card — one of those little annoyances that any bus rider can tell you has a tendency to throw off an entire commute.</p>
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<h2>2. Save $579 a month by ditching your car.</h2>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmission-electric-metro-bike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img alt="College students have a discussion at a park bench alongside their RadMission electric metro bikes" src="//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0799/9645/files/MISSION_Blog_2_2048x2048.jpg?v=1598979462" style="float: none;" /></a></p>
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<h6><span><a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmission-electric-metro-bike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The RadMission</a> weighs roughly 15 pounds less than Rad Power Bikes’ other models, which finally makes ebikes a possibility for those living in walk-up apartments.</span> </h6>
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<p>It's no secret that when you buy a car, you're paying for a lot more than its sticker price.</p>
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<p>Even if you get a good deal on a well-running used model, you're still on the hook for gas, insurance, parking, depreciation, and the inevitable maintenance fees.</p>
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<p>Needless to say, that can add up.<span> </span><strong>Like,<span> </span><em>really</em><span> </span>add up</strong>.</p>
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<p>According to a<span> </span><a href="https://exchange.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/AAA-Your-Driving-Costs-2019.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">2019 study by AAA</a>, a mid-sized Sedan can cost you $20.51 a day. Translate that, and you're looking at a monthly cost of<span> </span><strong>$615</strong> and <strong>$7,380 annually.</strong></p>
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<p>Even with high-performance 750W motors, our ebikes <a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/blogs/the-scenic-route/ebike-maintenance-schedule" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">cost the same to maintain as your average bike</a> -- something that puts you on the path to saving thousands.</p>
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<h2 style="text-align: left;">3. Say goodbye to surge pricing!</h2>
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<p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmission-electric-metro-bike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><img alt="A woman stands proudly with her RadMission Electric Metro Bike on a dirt road." src="//cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0799/9645/files/Mission_blog_3_2048x2048.jpg?v=1598979620" style="float: none;" /></a></p>
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<h6><a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radmission-electric-metro-bike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The RadMission</a><span> is designed to </span>look more like a traditional, human-powered, "acoustic" bike than anything else in the company's lineup.</h6>
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<p>Sure, ride-hailing apps have made it easier than ever to sidestep the longterm costs of car ownership, but when you're relying on them day-in and day-out, you may start to notice your checking account slowly dwindling.</p>
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<p>With college students adopting these apps as part of their daily lives, we decided to take a look at what they might be doing to their already strained budgets. </p>
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<p>We <a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/blogs/the-scenic-route/rad-college-tour-kicks-off" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">calculated</a> the predicted costs for a 1.5 mile trip in Seattle from a popular apartment complex to the University of Washington campus. That ended up coming to roughly $6.29 each way, totaling up to a monthly cost of over<strong> $276.76</strong>.</p>
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<p>And that's only taking trips to class into account. If you've ever been caught across town on a busy Friday night, you know that surge pricing could easily bring that total higher. Sometimes <a href="https://www.ranker.com/list/uber-surge-pricing-screenshots/jacob-shelton" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a whole lot more</a>. </p>
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<p><em>Curious about ebikes? <a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/blogs/the-scenic-route/what-is-an-ebike" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Check out the basics</a>. Looking for the right one for you? <a href="https://www.radpowerbikes.com/blogs/the-scenic-route/how-to-pick-the-right-ebike-for-you" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">We can help you decide</a>. </em></p>
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<h6><em>* </em><em>For example, a $1,099 purchase might cost $36/mo for 36 months at 10% APR. Your rate will be 0% APR or 10-30% APR based on credit. Subject to credit check and approval, and a down payment may be required. Payment options depend on your purchase amount. Payment options through Affirm are provided by these lending partners: <a target="_blank" class="c-link" data-stringify-link="http://affirm.com/lenders" delay="150" data-sk="tooltip_parent" href="http://affirm.com/lenders" rel="noopener noreferrer">affirm.com/lenders</a>. Visit <a target="_blank" class="c-link" data-stringify-link="http://affirm.com/help" delay="150" data-sk="tooltip_parent" href="http://affirm.com/help" rel="noopener noreferrer">affirm.com/help</a> for more info.</em></h6>
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