Ridepanda Partners with University of Michigan

Here at Ridepanda, you’ll find a group of people that are passionate about e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-mopeds. 

According to a Bicycle Retailer, before the founders of Ridepanda, Chinmay Malaviya and Charlie Depman, developed an online marketplace for e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-mopeds, they have always been actively involved in reducing pollution and slowing climate change by working for nonprofit environmental organizations in India and China.

At Ridepanda, we realize that our environmental goals cannot be accomplished alone.  We need to build partnerships to help accelerate the transportation revolution to light electric vehicles.

Changing the World for the Better Needs Partners

The University of Michigan is known for its innovative research, diversity, hospitals, and athletic programs. The staff, students, and alumni are comprised of a wide range of intelligent, driven individuals who are ideal to continue the transportation revolution to light electric vehicles. 

Supporting this, is the forecasted adoption to light electric vehicles that is expected to happen over the next decade. During this time, we believe many people will be making their transition to electric bikes, e-scooters, and e-mopeds at some point in the near future.

This is why Ridepanda has partnered with University of Michigan Finance to offer a 5% discount for all University of Michigan staff, students and alumni.

Hail to the Victors! Enter the promo code MICHIGAN5 when purchasing a light electric vehicle and you will save 5% on your purchase.

What Vehicle Is Right for You?

We have learned that everyone has different needs and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all light electric vehicle. So to help as many people as we can to find the right vehicle for their needs, we have built a tool that we call Ridefinder.

In this quick & easy quiz, you can select many different options to find the perfect light electric vehicle for your specific needs. Give it a try here: https://www.ridepanda.com/ridefinder/

Where to Ride in Michigan

There are many different options and variables to consider in the state of Michigan when you decide to to ride on a light electric vehicle. You have multiple seasons throughout the year, sometimes in the same day. There are also different routes, cities, and infrastructures that may or may not have what you need as you navigate throughout the great mitten state.

But one thing our research has revealed is that 6 out of 10 trips away from home are less than 5 miles. If you consider that 1 gallon of gas burned creates 20 pounds of C02 that is released into the air and the fact that you could be getting exercise while having some fun outside, then you might to consider traveling on a light electric vehicle (unless it’s too cold, snowing, or raining that is – a few of us are Michiganders and alum so we know this first “hand”).

If you are looking to have more of a day adventure or take the electric bike out as the weekend warrior, then consider some of the beautiful trails that can be found throughout the state. Below we have compiled 5 top trails that made our list.

5 Top Trails in Michigan to Checkout With Your New E-bike

  1. Polly Ann State Rail Trail is 36 miles extending from Oakland County and Lapeer County.  The trail surface in Oakland County consists of limestone while in Lapeer County, it’s an undeveloped natural-surface trail.
  2. Musketawa Trail in the Muskegon State Park is a 26-mile trail that provides a peaceful ride past farms and natural beauty.
  3. North Central State Trail is a 75-mile limestone and asphalt surfaced trail that extends from Gaylord to Mackinaw City.  Its flat terrain makes a long bike ride fun.
  4. Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile trail in the upper peninsula of Michigan.  This trail’s surface along the 47 miles is a mixture of paved, crushed aggregate, or natural surfaces such as dirt or sand.
  5. William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail State Park.  This trail runs through rural, forested lands for 22 miles with scenic overlooks and picnic areas sporadically located along the trail.