What Does The Future Of E-Scooters Look Like?
Trials for e-scooters have become more and more frequent over this past year. Starting in Middlesbrough up to the most recent in London, the government has been testing to see how electric scooters can be implemented safely into everyday life. Private e-scooters are, of course, still banned from use on UK public roads, footpaths and cycle lanes. But with the progression currently being seen, who can say where we will be in the next 12 months? We certainly cannot rule out any law changes whatsoever, that is for sure.
At Dirt E-Scooters, we believe that e-scooters can be the most convenient form of transport and have the power to impact our environment positively. With the government’s pledge to reduce emissions by 78% before 2035, there has to be a future where electric scooters are present. But what would that actually look like?
Rules to take away from the current trials
To get a clear grasp of what the future may look like, we would first have to consider the present. And the obvious way to do that would be by learning from the current trials. In London, for example, the e-scooters have been set to 12.5mph rather than the 15.5mph seen nationally. Other features such as e-learning safety courses and geo-fencing to stop the vehicles leaving the area are also incorporated into the scheme.
The main area of contention surrounds the safety of pedestrians on the roads and pavements, hence the lower speeds and e-learning courses. In the past, there have been a number of incidents that have led to the injury of pedestrians. In due course, we will learn how many incidents occur during these trials. It is unsure as of yet how many have, but we will understand if there will be further law changes at the end of the trials.
One main safety concern, however, is the lack of helmets within specific trials. This point has been brought up during the London trials and is a surprising one, to say the least. Sure, the e-scooters are capped at lower speeds, but that does not mean accidents still do not occur. A rider could be forced to move out of the way of an oncoming obstacle and be thrown straight into traffic. Helmets should be essential 100% of the time.
How will private e-scooters be implemented?
We have to address the current elephant in the room and be completely serious about how this may play out. The differences between private and trial e-scooters can be monumental. Our range of WEPED electric scooters is much more advanced than the likes of a Lime or Ginger model, as seen in the trials. Take the FS, for example; it can get up to a maximum of 120km/h – around 75mph roughly. That is SIX times the top speed of a London e-scooter. Also, there is a price difference. The FS costs around £7,000, and the trial e-scooters are a few pence per minute. There are obvious parallels that need to be identified before anything else happens.
At this current moment, we can only speculate about the changes. But there can be solutions to these problems for private e-scooters to become legal. The first being that they must be road-only vehicles. Anyone found riding the e-scooters on pavements must be punished just as they would with a motorbike or other vehicle.
The government could also regulate the vehicles precisely as they would with motorbikes. Treat them the same, and the problem of people misusing them will start to dissipate. Once there are proper laws in place, people will follow them.
Lastly, they could perhaps consider a mixture of trial e-scooters and private e-scooters. The private e-scooters must keep to all the road rules while the trial versions are slowed down to an absolute minimum to avoid pedestrians being struck. Things must be put in place to show a clear difference between the two, but it is another possibility.
So, what may happen if private e-scooters are legalised?
Say that in a year or two from now, private e-scooters are actually legalised for use on UK public roads. There would be huge potential for prices to rise exponentially. When people are wise to this change, the demand will come with it naturally. The MAIKE MK8 could be double, maybe even triple, the price that it is now. The parts for upgrading and adding towards the products could also see hikes as a result.
As has been the case during this whole ordeal, e-scooters have grown in popularity despite the restrictive rules. Those who pick up on this trend early enough will reap the benefits down the line. Investing in a good quality e-scooter could prove to be worthwhile in the future, not to mention the benefits it brings in the present. Imagine being left out due to being priced out of a purchase. Not a great feeling, is it?!
The trend is going to become more than just a trend. It is set to continue growing, and the government will be finding ways to implement them onto our roads to hit their environmental targets. So, it is just a matter of time when it comes down to it.
We believe the future for e-scooters looks incredibly bright. They offer so many advantages, but they need more regulation and testing before they can become part of our everyday lives. With more time to assess the situation and gather information from the trials, the government can begin to take a more refined approach as a whole.
If you are interested in owning an electric scooter for yourself, please feel free to browse our shop and see what interests you. We have all the latest e-scooter products at your fingertips waiting to be purchased. For more information, get in touch with us, and we will do our best to help you find what you need!