A feasibility study of electric bicycles: case of Manikkal Gram Panchayat, Kerala

Micromobility technologies, primarily consisting of e-cycles and low-speed e-mopeds, have been proliferating across the Global South. Low cost of operations, ease of use and charging/swapping are the primary drivers facilitating the uptake of these technologies. These modes are energy-efficient alternatives to internal combustion engines and motorised two-wheelers. Limited public transport services and expensive shared modes of transport make micromobility technologies a lucrative option in rural areas. In this study, a detailed survey followed by a demonstration exercise of e-cycles was conducted with Anganwadi, Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) and women associated with Self-Help Groups (SHGs). The study aims to assess the potential of e-cycles as an alternative to their current travel modes.