Electric scooters are the new marmite; you either love them or hate them. Whilst in the UK they seem to be a very divisive topic amidst the upcoming review of legalisation, they’re still managing to have a huge positive global impact by changing the way we use our roads and making cities and communities more eco-centric.
So - whether you’re team two-wheels or team no-wheels, let's bust some electric scooter myths that have been flying around recently.
Myth #1: Electric scooters aren't cost-effective.
Short answer is, yes they are. The cost of fuel is increasing and with the recent shortages, it looks like plug-in, battery-powered electric vehicles will soon take over.
It’s estimated to cost between £0.15-0.30 to fully charge your electric scooter, which - when you compare it to the average cost of petrol or diesel prices - really is a drop in the ocean.
A fully charged scooter can travel an estimated 25-40km, costing just £0.15-0.30. However, if an Audi A1 travelled the same distance, it would cost £2.86. These stats show that an electric scooter can be up to 15x more fuel-efficient than a car.
In a recent blog, we delved into this even further and looked at whether an electric scooter was worth the price.
Myth #2: Electric scooters can’t replace cars.
A recent study found that 58% of car journeys are fewer than 5 miles, and in urban environments, 69% of car journeys are fewer than 3 miles (cenex). As well as these stats being fairly shocking, it's important to remember that all those times you've driven to the local shop just 5 minutes from where you are, are contributing negatively to your CO2 emissions output - even though the immediate implications of a quick car journey may seem microscopic at the time!
The typical distance travelled on an electric scooter is between 1 to 5 miles, showing that there’s a clear opportunity for electric scooters to replace car journeys within cities, towns and villages alike.
Another benefit of replacing cars with e-scooters is the size element. As scooters take up 7x less space on roads than a car, you can say goodbye to dreaded city congestion and the public parking frenzies.
Myth #3: Electric scooters are bad for the environment.
Following on from the point above, electric scooters offer a viable alternative to petrol-guzzling modes of transport, and therefore they help to reduce the CO2 emitted into the environment. Whilst of course, they are not 0% emissions-free due to the charging required, you can see in the graph below that electric scooters and bikes produce extremely low emissions in comparison to other modes of travel.
In a recent study conducted by the IEA, transportation was found to be responsible for 24% of direct CO2 emissions due to the rate of fuel consumption (iea).
It is indisputable that how we choose to travel needs to change. Cities around the world are embracing the ‘new normal’ by reclaiming the roads and making way for bikes, electric scooters and walkers, which is ultimately helping to improve air quality and protect the environment by reducing emissions.
Myth #4: Electric scooters aren't safe.
Whizzing down city roads at 15.5mph (UK e-scooter speed limit) on a 2 wheeled electric scooter may seem alien for a lot of people and of course, as with any mode of travel, there will always be some risk attached to riding alongside cars, buses and other people. However, it is no more dangerous than riding your bike on or next to the road.
The accident statistics as follows:
There are things we can do to ensure a safer ride, such as checking that the scooter is working correctly before riding in public, wearing a helmet and any other safety equipment, plus abiding by the highway code and considering other motorists around us.
Myth #5: Electric scooters are just a toy.
Yes, they are fun - but that shouldn't take away from their functionality. An electric scooter helps to get you from A to B with a big smile on your face as well as a free blow-dry!
For many people, electric scooters are considered a novelty item, but this is all about to change. With the legalisation looming in the UK, our roads could soon see an influx of electric scooter users since they are a cost-effective and eco-friendly alternative to cars, taxis and buses.
So, that’s a wrap on addressing some of the common myths surrounding the electric scooter industry. Do you have a better idea of what you want to be unwrapping this Christmas now?! We hope so.