The landscape of urban mobility is rapidly changing and experiences a clear shift away from cars to modern electric scooters and bicycles. While the car industry is fighting with increasing image issues and polution scandals, the electric vehicle industry is on a steep rise, especially in urban areas and also powered by new, innovative share and rental schemes.
As more and more people start to making a switch away from cars to two-whelped electric scooters, electric bikes and electric kickboards, many wonder which vehicle is the best choice for their particular mobility profile and need.
Urban electric scooters are usually sold as 25 kph or 45 kph versions, with just a few reaching top speeds of 80 kph or more. Those electric scooters and mopeds are usually electrified versions of their well known gasoline counterparts, of which still billions circulate on the streets of Asia and Europe.
All of those electric scooters and mopeds fall into classic motor vehicle categories (L1A, L1B) and need to be insured, registered and are usually taxed. Also, drivers need to hold a driving licence, meet minimum age criteria, wear a helmet and the vehicles are not allowed on bike lanes or parks.
Electric scooters typically either have one fixed battery that can only be charged directly on the vehicle inlet or (in more modern versions) sport removable batteries that can be replaced or charged at home.
Because of the all-electric drive and heavy weight of electric scooters (100-180 kg) the batteries need to be quite large and are therefore costly. Typical range per charge is 50-60 km, less in winter.
Because electric scooters need to stay on roads, they are forced to mix with car and truck traffic.
The average speed of road traffic in Europe is 16,5 kph due to traffic jams, one way streets and red lights.
Electric bikes compared to electric scooters offer many clear advantages in an urban environment:
In short, electric bikes will bring to your destination faster than a road-bound electric scooter, they use less energy for the same range, are good for your health and are easily adapted to cargo transport needs or used to bike with your children (Child seats or trailers).
Replacement parts and battery costs are much less and e-bikers profit from the huge amounts invested into bike infrastructure in modern cities like Amsterdam, London, Berlin, San Francisco and many more.
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