Recent years has seen a steady rise in the popularity of electric scooters throughout the world. But with many other micro-mobility options such as e-bikes, manual scooters and mopeds already available, it is surprising to see that e-scooters have gained rapid growth in popularity amongst almost every age group. Generally speaking, there is a good reason behind this. And that is because every personal electric vehicle is solving the first and last-mile problems by replacing the car. Almost all big cities are planning to move away from car-centric infrastructure and beginning to accommodate a more inclusive cityscape for various types of users.
Today, there is a wide range of vehicles to choose from when it comes to micro-mobility (this is the term used in the industry for personal or single-occupant vehicles). They include bicycles, electric bikes, scooters, mopeds and electric scooters. Out of these modes of transportation, electric bikes and electric scooters have seen an explosion in sales thanks to their portability and ease of use. But how do you pick the most suitable mode of transportation for you?
Change of attitudes in transportation
For decades, cars have been the preferred mode of transport everywhere in the world. However, due to unbearable congestion and rising costs, studies have shown that most of us prefer alternative modes of transportation. Of course, other modes of transportation such as public transport, rideshare and mopeds help us get from A to B with relative ease and low cost. But they still do not solve the ‘last mile’ problem. This is why electric scooters have seen an upsurge in their usage in all major cities worldwide.
There are other reasons for this kind of change in attitude to personal transportation, too. They include:
These factors have contributed many urban dwellers to reconsider a much faster, cheaper and convenient way of getting around their towns and cities. But are electric scooters the best solution for these problems? To understand this, it is worth noting the advantages and disadvantages of electric scooters compared with other micro-mobility modes.
Advantages and disadvantages of e-scooters
The leading contender for e-scooters is the e-bike. The folding e-bike is a more significant rival than a conventional e-bike as it can be carried around and stored away with ease. Both e-scooters and e-bikes have certain features in common, and they include:
How do you know if e-scooters are right for you?
To answer this, you will need to consider your requirements. Although seemingly similar, not every micro-mobility system is suitable for every occasion. For example, you cannot ride e-scooters as part of a food delivery service (at least not for now!). So, you will need to pinpoint when and where you will be using the bike or scooter and for how long.
Once you have determined these factors, you may come to realise that almost every micro-mobility transport option is ideal for shorter journeys that are a little too far to walk. If that is the case, electric scooters could be the best fit out of all the transport options. And here’s why.
At present, you do not need road tax, insurance or MOT to ride an e-scooter on a public road. When you consider the running costs, all you have to worry about recharging the batteries with electricity. On average, for a daily user, the recharge is the cost under £15 per week. You will not be able to get lower running costs than that with any other mode of transport!
Compact and flexible
Because of their unique design, e-scooters can be carried around easily in places such as train carriages or busses. Better still, if you live in a small apartment or studio, storage is not a problem thanks to the compact design and lightweight. During the ride, electric scooters are convenient to ride in traffic as they are small and agile.
Easy to maintain
Unlike cars or mopeds, e-scooters are easy to maintain. Their design is not as complicated since there are only three major parts. They are the motor, the battery and the controller, and all you need is a small space to do the charging.
The solution for congestion
The compact size makes e-scooters the ideal solution for inner-city traffic. Also, it is possible to part eight electric scooters in one car park bay.
Electric scooters emit zero noise and zero CO2. That is a win-win for everyone especially considering the climate crisis we are faced with today.