Whether or not e-scooters are good for the environment is a hot topic that is widely debated. As a nation, we are all making more environmentally conscious decisions to live more sustainably, and how we travel day-to-day and our carbon footprint while doing so is also a big consideration.
To reduce our impact on the environment, many of us are turning to alternative modes of transport, including electric scooters, to get around. And although there are arguments to suggest e-scooters aren’t eco-friendly, there are many positive benefits to riding an electric scooter over jumping in a car or on a bus. Read on to find out the three main reasons you could be helping the environment by choosing to ride an eco-friendly e-scooter.
1) Reducing emissions
One of the best ways to reduce your impact on the environment is to travel emission-free. Electric scooters are good for the environment as they are powered by a rechargeable battery meaning they do not emit the greenhouse gasses associated with road transport; carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. These emissions are a particular concern in urban environments where there is often a vast amount of traffic close to citizens.
Many cities have already begun to put restrictions on vehicles in cities. London operates both low and ultra-low emission zones to encourage the most polluting vehicles to become cleaner and Transport For London (TFL) charges most vehicle types when entering a zone. And, in lots of European countries, towns and cities are becoming increasingly pedestrianised, with areas completely cut off to cars, motorcycles and vans, and people even receive government incentives for owning an eco-friendly electric scooter.
Even in the UK, electric scooter share schemes are popping up in large towns and cities across the country as part of a government’s research into the use of eco-friendly e-scooters. However, riding privately owned electric scooters on footpaths, cycle lanes or roads remains illegal in the UK. By law, you can only ride privately-owned e-scooters on private land, with the landowner's permission.
2) Energy-saving technology
Electric scooters continue to evolve as brands release upgraded models, with each next generation e-scooter becoming more energy efficient. Newer models from Xiaomi Mi such as the Xiaomi 1S electric scooter and Xiaomi Pro 2 electric scooter have an energy recovery system built into the front wheel motor. When you pull the brakes, the electronic brake recycles some energy back into battery power, allowing you to ride longer.
The Xiaomi 1S electric scooter battery life also lasts longer than its predecessor the Xiaomi M365 with a quick 5.5hr charge time.
The Xiaomi Pro 2 e-scooter boasts better visibility with reflectors to the front side and rear, plus skid-resistant, shock-absorbing pneumatic tyres and shorter braking distance.
The majority of electric scooters use a type of battery called lithium-ion. Although the typical lifespan of an electric scooter is determined by several factors, including the battery size and watts, lithium-ion batteries have one of the highest energy densities of any battery today. This higher energy density means an eco-friendly e-scooter battery should work efficiently for up to three years or more. Find out more about how e-scooters work.
3) Improving urban environments
Until you ride an e-scooter, you might not be fully aware of the impact that traditional vehicles have on an urban environment. Not only do electric scooters reduce emissions in urban areas, but they are also quiet and do not contribute to noise pollution in cities. Like riding a bike or walking, e-scooters allow you to enjoy your surroundings without spoiling the experience with a loud engine.
Although cars are designed to carry several passengers, many drivers travel alone when commuting to work every day, with lots of people driving only short distances to the office. If it was possible to swap out your daily commute for an electric scooter, your journey would be far more efficient and environmentally friendly.
Unlike cars, vans and even motorcycles, e-scooters are small and take up a lot less space. They are also designed to be portable and can be folded easily for carrying when you’ve reached your destination.
These three factors mean that electric scooters are more environmentally friendly than other methods of transport. By helping to reduce emissions, save energy through the use of technology, and improve urban environments, e-scooters and micro-mobility are likely to become a big part of our futures.
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In the UK, it is against the law to rise electric scooters on footpaths, cycle lanes or roads. Privately-owned e-scooters can only be used on private land with the owner's permission and a rider should always wear appropriate safety equipment.
It is the customer’s responsibility to ride their e-scooter within local laws and therefore assume all liability and risk associated with the use of electric scooter products. Read more about navigating through the UK law on electric scooters.