Originally Posted by takeitez
While gas is much easier to deal with and can be very efficient don't kid yourself that you are more green then an electric bike. Some coal companies can convert a pile of coal to electricity with 97% efficiency.
A gasoline powered bike can be greener than an electric bike. I'm not fooling myself whatsoever. But that's not my point. My point is that electric is not as green as it's advocates make it out to be.
Oh, and you have a source for this "97% efficiency"? Sounds like BS to me, it's impossible according to the laws of thermodynamics. According to the book "Standard Handbook of Powerplant Engineering" by Elliott, Chen, and Swanekamp, coal peaks at 33%.