Lately, there has been a lot of news around Electric Scooters. Many new companies both product manufacturers and brands but also surrounding services like scooter sharing has emerged trying to get a piece of the pie that is up for grabs.
Strangely, looking at many of the Asian countries they have been utilizing both gas and electric driven scooter models for many years as an alternative to the car. Singapore who has a long history of being a technically advanced country has had scooter-sharing companies for many years now and electric scooters are one of the most common transportation used for work or shorter commutes.
Electric scooter have already proven time and time again
Electric scooters has throughout the history proven itself to be a sustainable and environmental friendly option, even in comparison to public transportation.
Now more than ever can electric scooters really be utilized to a potential where even the longer commutes of 10 miles+ can be done in just a short amount of time.
Thanks to new emerging battery technology they can now ride faster and further than ever. A report from Envyride where they compare the fastest models against each other to see which one is the fastest reported a top speed of over 55 mph.
During this test, multiple scooters actually achieved a top speed above 55 mph which is much faster than the average driving speed of a car, especially in a city like Singapore. So once again these scooters have proven that they cannot only handle that last mile problem, they can and will easily handle the whole trip from start to finish.
The pros and cons of electric scooter riding
The obvious pro is the positive effect switching out a fossil powered vehicle for something that drives on electricity has on the environment. Even if you calculate the use of power plants to create electricity, it is still much more environmentally friendly to use.
One of the big cons is the safety aspect of it. Mainly were people who don’t follow the rules and end up exposing themselves and others too dangerous situations by riding on the sidewalk, or not wearing the proper protective gear.
So what’s it like riding one
There are many electric vehicles on the market. To name a few we have skateboards, hoverboards, now even electrically powered shoes for god sake. However, the best part with scooters is that most of us have been riding bikes as a young kid, and riding an electric scooter is even simpler than that. However, with the bike riding in our backbone the learning curve for electric scooters are very steep. It rarely takes anyone more than a couple of minutes to learn how to use it. Then after a couple more, they will probably be comfortable enough to take them for a spin.
They are simple yet sophisticated machines that can be driven two ways, one is by using a push throttle and the other is by having the motocross standard twistgrip throttle.
The push throttle is, in my opinion, the most commonly used one and is very simple to operate although it doesn’t provide the same accurate adjustment of speed as a twist-grip throttle would.
Why they gain in popularity
That’s how easy these vehicles are to use and I bet that is one of the key factors to them gaining mainstream popularity so fast. That and the scooter-sharing companies who have helped push these into cities making it easier than ever to try before you buy.
I think this has helped scooter manufacturers to an extent that some actually reported sales of over 12,000 units during the Black Friday month in 2018.
Where do they increase the fastest
Countries like India, Indonesia, China, and Singapore among other Asian countries have had a problem with pollution for years. It is no coincidence that these countries are also chipping in the most money into electric scooter manufacturing and trying to push people into considering this alternative transportation. The industry is all-set in these countries to really take off.
There are more electric scooter users in India than anywhere else in the world and even some low-pollution countries like Sweden have tagged along on this new way of transportation.
In Sweden, they offer their citizens a 20% tax deduction for showing the receipt of a purchased electric scooter or bike. I think this carrot on a stick method might spread to other countries where the citizens yet have become aware of how dangerously close we are to making this planet unlivable. The situation that you find in some Asian countries where they have to cover their mouths to avoid the polluted air probably reminds them every single day.
I beg, hope, and wish that this positive trend continues. All we need now is for the various governments around the world to sit down and come up with a set of rules both for manufacturers and users to follow.