The electric revolution has arrived and you can be sure that this trend will continue. This does not only concern cars or motorcycles, but also and especially electric scooters. Their compactness makes them the ideal solution for the last mile between the station and your home/office. You can fold it, carry it on public transport and use it almost anywhere there is a sidewalk.
Instead of using a car, which takes up a lot of space on the road, it is a great alternative for transportation in countries where traffic congestion is the norm. Forbes also wrote a great article on how electric scooters will revolutionize public transportation.
For many people, buying an electric scooter has been one of the best decisions they've made, and here's why:
1. SAVE TRANSPORT TIME
the majority of people do not necessarily live near the station or a bus stop, very often for reasons of cost; houses and apartments near stations are generally more expensive because they are more popular. Therefore, very often we have to resort to the 10-15 minutes it takes to reach the station. But with an electric scooter, however, you will get there in just 2 minutes. Over the months, using an electric scooter for a short distance can save you a lot of time. It also saves you from walking under the scorching sun and going to the office in a sweat.
If you use an electric scooter to go directly to your destination, this can also help you save time, although its speed is significantly lower than that of a car. During rush hours, traffic jams are heavier. A short trip of 2-3 km can quickly turn into 15 or 20 minutes. But with an electric scooter you will avoid all this wasted time and frustration.
2. SAVE MONEY
This may seem paradoxical because buying a good electric scooter is a significant budget. To get started in the world of micro-mobility with a good scooter, you will need to count on a budget of €800 to acquire a well-made electric scooter. That's quite a bit of money and getting a scooter is an important decision that you need to factor into your budget.
Denise Ono of NBC News suggests that electric scooters can save you up to $600 per year. And she's not wrong. Taking public transport every day would cost, according to a conservative estimate, 4 euros per day. By using an electric scooter, you would have paid it off in less than 7 months.
Many people also share this opinion and realize for themselves that an electric scooter is an economical way to get around. If you drive a car, an electric scooter will save you from gas costs (€150 per month), insurance (€60 per month) and parking costs (€150 per month). That's already €360 savings per month, and you haven't even included the depreciation of the car itself yet.
Of course, using an electric scooter as a replacement for a car only works if you travel short distances, i.e. less than 15 km per trip. So if your workplace or school isn't too far from home, this is a transportation option worth seriously considering.
3. AVOID TRAFFIC JAMS AND REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION
According to a study carried out by The Belgian Consultancy Transport and Mobility Leuven, If 25% of cars were replaced by personal means of transport such as electric scooters, motorcycles, etc., this could completely eliminate traffic jams on our roads.
Although cars can carry up to 5 people at a time, the standard has shown that unfortunately, overall only 1 or 2 people are traveling at the same time. Due to their large size, cars take up a lot of space on the road, which increases traffic jams in large cities.
If these people opt for personal transportation - smaller vehicles carrying only 1-2 people - traffic jams can be completely eliminated, or at least significantly reduced.
The photo above shows a situation familiar to all residents of Paris or large cities; There are countless traffic jams. The car lines stretch as far as the eye can see. But the pedestrian sidewalks or cycle paths are relatively empty. A 1 km journey by car can easily take you 30 minutes in heavy traffic. Whereas on a scooter you would have a maximum of 3 minutes.
4. RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
As the world becomes more aware of climate change, many countries are working to keep their cities green and eco-friendly. Even China, notorious for its pollution, has launched an environmental campaign aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.
Electric scooters consume much less energy and are more environmentally friendly than cars or motorcycles due to their light weight. The amount of energy needed to power it is tiny compared to traditional modes of transportation.
5. EVERYONE CAN DO IT
Unlike motorcycles and bicycles where there is a learning curve, riding an electric scooter can be easily adopted by virtually anyone, from young children to seniors. Age is no barrier to riding an electric scooter.
Even for people who have never ridden an electric scooter before, they can all get into the ride very quickly if they want. It will take you very little time to get used to your EDP and drive safely.
For safety reasons, however, children should only use smaller, less powerful electric scooters such as the Inokim Mini, for example, which can reach a maximum speed of 20 km/h.
Another advantage of riding an electric scooter is that no permits, licenses or tests are required. With an electric scooter, it's simple and easy: buy and ride.
6. SUPER FUN
Nowadays, almost every kid has a mechanical scooter and they love it because it's a lot of fun. Electric scooters, because of the electrical power they deliver, offer their share of sensations. It's very pleasant and very fun to ride an electric scooter. We quickly get a taste for it. You only need to try it once to be hooked.
Most electric scooters can reach speeds of 25 km/h. At these speeds, you will feel yourself growing wings! You will rediscover the sensations of sliding and the child within you will ask for more and more.
Small but significant advantage, when you ride your scooter, the wind will continually cool you and dry you, ideal in summer during high heat, on an electric scooter, no more sweating.
An electric scooter is also a fun way to get around.
I presented to you the 6 main reasons to use an electric scooter
Or a NVEI (New Individual Electric Vehicles) generally instead of a car or a traditional vehicle.
This list is, however, not exhaustive. There are many other reasons such as portability, safety and the ability to park and transport it anywhere.
For short distances, the electric scooter really is the ideal transportation option. Mobility trends are evolving in Europe and around the world and we hope that awareness will be even faster so that there are always more people using these new ecological and economical means of transport, for a better life.