As someone who’s lived in China for nearly four years, one of the things I find most interesting about this country, and specifically Chengdu, is the presence and sheer number of ebikes (electric scooters) that are in use here. Especially in Chengdu, ebikes influence so many aspects of daily routines, for both Chinese and foreigners.
Over the past few year, my friend Harry Bateman and I have been working on this short documentary about Ebikes in Chengdu called “China’s Electric Revolution”. It’s below, hosted on Youtube.
Our goal with this video was twofold. First, we simply wanted to show how ebikes are such a vital part of daily life for Chengdu families and businesses, and how a certain culture has developed as a result of this reliance on ebikes. Secondly, on a more humorous note, we wanted to show how it’s possible to basically spend an entire day without getting off one’s ebike. To do this, we rode an ebike to some pretty ridiculous places around Chengdu and participated in some typical Chengdu activities.
I’d love to hear some of your thoughts on this video, and ebikes in China. Please remember, also, that while we call this a “documentary”, the title is tongue in cheek. This is not what your average person does on their ebike during the course of a day.