Can electric scooters become a viable mode of transport in the future, or will their fame be short-term, like the fast-cooled hype for electric cars? Market analyses so far show that the boom of motorized scooters follows the breakthrough of the e-bikes from several years ago. But for how long?
The e-scooter is designed for the urban areas. Problems with range and enormously high acquisition costs, which were detrimental to the electric car, are not an issue for the scooter. They are quiet, they do not stink like their annoying two-strokes, fuel-powered cousins. The cities are becoming ever more crowded, and the air is getting worse, so the alternative way of transport is more than welcome.
The fact that the survival chances of the two- or four-stroke engine scooter are slim in this setting has been proven in China. There, the scooters have replaced the bikes and made the mobility more comfortable. But now there is way too many of them, which is why in many Chinese mega-cities petrol engines are no longer allowed because of the pollutant and noise emissions. In the middle of the last decade, more electric scooters were registered in China than those with petrol engines.By 2020, it’s estimated that the demand for electric motors will rise to 46 million.
What about in other parts of the world? The establishment of electric personal mobility in China inspired many local small-scale companies to bring this technology to Europe and the USA. However the electric scooters have yet to take ground outside Asia. Seems like most people are not really aware of what good e-scooters can do. Riding an electric bike or motorized scooter is the easiest and fastest thing you can do today to reduce your carbon footprint.
There are so many other advantages of the battery-powered scooters:
- They are amazing for outdoor activities; they can move smoothly and effortlessly over different surfaces.
- The technology is very simple, some models feature a hub motor, which means that there is no need for a heavy transmission, drive line, differential, and axles.
- They are quiet so no noise pollution either.
- You can use electric scooters inside public buildings while gas-powered scooters are not allowed.
- They are a great alternative for individuals who worry a lot about gas expenses, and don’t bother about speed.
- They are clean, green machines that you can plug into a standard electrical socket to recharge. And while you have to wait several hours for a full recharge, it will cost you only around five cents per charge.
- They are very well designed, built to last, and much cheaper to take care of then motorcycle or a car
- They are not as fast or powerful as their gas consuming counterparts, but they are lightweight and will get you where you need to be with ease.
All in all, they are a great alternative for short or medium range transportation. With lots of people looking for a faster, easier way to get to the subway station or make a run to the grocery store, it’s just a matter of time before electric scooters become the mainstream transportation for the city folks.