Motorcycles are by far the most popular way to travel in Cambodia, with the number of registered motorcycles in Cambodia reaching 5.2 million in 2021. That’s one bike per 5 people! They are convenient and cheap to drive, not needing much petrol or maintenance. But how are these machines affecting the environment we live in?
According to co2everything.com, a standard motorbike can create 10kg of co2 emissions per 10km driven. That’s the same weight as a small dog! Imagine creating a small dog every time you drive to work and back! Another issue created by these kinds of transportation is PM2.5 particles. These particles are created by the engines in our vehicles, they can get into our lungs and cause all kinds of problems like shortness of breath, coughing, and even bronchitis.
Clearly, these kinds of emissions need to be reduced to protect us and our future generations, but what can we do now? E-bikes seem to be a great start! E-Bikes produce only 140g of CO2 emissions per 10km, the same as a tiny hamster! We have already seen some e-tuk-tuks in Phnom Penh, which are faster and cleaner than traditional petrol-powered tuk-tuks, as well as those that look like tiny spaceships, which makes your journey a little more fun. What do you think about e-bikes?