Test an E-bike

Traffic jams and transport congestion are problems many experience daily. At the same time, CO2 emissions from transport create an increasing share of total emissions, both in Denmark and globally. To leave the car behind in favor of other means of transport provides benefits to the climate and society. For example, one kilometers on the electric bike emits about 12 grams of CO2, while one kilometer in the car emits, on average, 132 grams. The project Test an E-bike would like to help the Danes take up electric bicycles and document the benefits.

The purpose of the Test an E-bike project is to get more people to choose electric bikes over cars. To do this, eight municipalities and eight hospitals in the Capital Region are loaning out e-bikes to a total of 1,700 car commuters, encouraging them to jump on an e-bike instead. The project’s target audience is drivers who live more than five kilometers away from work or study, because studies show that the majority of all trips between five and 11 kilometers are taken car.

Test an E-bike will promote the e-bike as a legitimate means of transport and change the perception of how far you can ride on a daily trip between home and your place of work or study. But it takes time to change a habit transport. Therefore the test subjects will borrow the e-bikes for three months each. The test subjects will subsequently be followed for a one year period to document how many people maintain the new habit.

The objectives are to:

  • Get 1,700 car commuters to make three out of five commuter rides on electric bike rather than car in the future.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions resulting from commuting. After the test period, it is expected that the test subjects will be responsible for an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of 410 tons by communting with electric bikes instead of cars.
  • Improve employees’ and citizens’ health.
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by 300 tonnes during the test period.



Municipalities: Albertslund, Ballerup, Frederiksberg, Gladsaxe, Høje-Taastrup, Odense, Roskilde and Gentofte.
Hospitals in the Capital Region: Bornholm, Herlev, Rigshospitalet and Rigshospitalet Glostrup, Frederiksberg & Bispebjerg, Gentofte, Amager & Hvidovre, as well as Nordsjælland.


The project’s budget is approximately 7.5 million DKK, of which the Capital Region of Denmark and the Danish Road Directorate is supporting the project with almost 5 million kroner.


August 2013 – September 2016

Project management

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More information

Emma Liisberg, project manager Transport

Timeframe: August 2013 – July 2016