What is an E-Scooter and How Can It Benefit Me?
E-scooter sales are on a consistent rise throughout the UK. Some high street retailers have seen a 184% increase in sales year on year in November 2020. Global sales are also set to reach a whopping £20 billion by 2025, according to forecasts. Electric scooters have become more of a household name, with countless more eager to learn everything there is to know about them.
So, what is an e-scooter? And what are their benefits to you as an individual? We have put together a comprehensive guide which should help you find out more about it all.
What is an e-scooter?
Take a regular old scooter and essentially juice it up! Enhance all of its current features and add more to create a vehicle similar to a motorbike or moped. Instead of being powered by fossil fuels, however, these beauties are entirely electric. Not only is this better for the environment, but it could also be better for your daily commute to work.
There are a whole host of components that make up a typical e-scooter. Take the WEPED SMax, for example. It is made up of the following parts:
- Battery – 60V 15AH
- Cells – Samsung SDI 21700 50E
- Motors – 1,000 Watt peak power single rear hub motor only.
- Suspension – none (but others can have them)
- Lights – front headlight plus rear stop brake light
- Brakes – X-Tech disc brakes – (Front & Rear)
- Rotors – X-Tech front and rear
- Kickstand standard
- Electronic brake available
- Cruise control option
- Throttle control – thumb throttle
- Tyres – 10″x 3.0″ tube tyres
- Tubes – Touvt 10 x 2.5 – 90 degree valves
They are designed to get you from point A to point B with more ease than that of a pushbike or traditional scooter. Many see them as a tool for commuting. But others, like ourselves, see them as thrill rides that let us get out into the open countryside.
The government currently classes them as “powered transporters,” which means they are illegal to use on a public road, pavement or cycle lane. Breaching the law will class as committing a criminal offence and can lead to prosecution. The Met Police says you can be fined £50 for riding on the pavement.
As the current trials take place across the country, such as the most recent in London, some rules are subject to change as the government gathers information. Electric scooters can be seen as motor vehicles due to the motors which propel them forward.
E-scooters have many advantages, but the following are the most relevant ones.
By ditching fossil fuels for electricity, you’ll be actively helping the environment by adding less to the current 50 billion tonnes of CO2e (‘carbon dioxide equivalents) produced by people each year. Not only will this impact us in the present, in terms of air quality, but it will also positively impact our future generations in terms of global warming as well.
A secondary environmental impact of switching to electric is the reduction in noise pollution. E-scooters are incredibly quiet, the complete opposite to other motor vehicles, and that is good news for the activity of human or animal life. In humans, loud noise can damage physiological health and is associated with several health conditions such as cardiovascular disorders, hypertension and high-stress levels. In animals, noise can alter predator or prey detection, which increases the likelihood of death. It can even interfere with their reproduction systems and also contribute to permanent hearing loss.
You can help avoid these types of environmental impacts by switching to electric. And e-scooters are excellent alternative modes of transport you should 100% consider.
If it’s for commuting or a fun ride, e-scooters are handy in so many different ways. First of all, they’re relatively lightweight and usually foldable. If you wanted to take it for a spin on a private road, then you can easily load the vehicle in and out of your car due to its folding ability. If you want to commute to work, just hop on and ride, then hop off and fold it, being sure to store it somewhere safe. It’s as easy as that!
E-scooters take away the time spent waiting for public transport as well as the time wasted while stuck in traffic. Parking isn’t an issue either. Just jump off and fold it up. You’ll be saving time and costs for the likes of parking fees and road tax. That is until the government starts making law changes, so keep up to date with these aspects.
They’re easy to adapt to.
A huge advantage of e-scooters is the lack of training you have to do. You don’t need to go out and gain a license to ride one as you would with other vehicles. Just practice on an empty plot of land and understand the speeds associated as well as the handling. As a result, costs are significantly less than that of enrolling through driving courses.
They are far simpler to control—nothing to worry about in regards to clutch control either. In the case of almost all people, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to get used to!
Last but not least, e-scooters are quite simply a blast to ride. As kids, we found it exhilarating when riding our scooters through the neighbourhood. E-scooters are the same, but so much more thrilling. The speeds you can get up to are phenomenal, and the feeling you get as the wind hits you is incredible.
We could go on for hours about e-scooters, but the best thing to do is to try it out for yourself. You can’t knock it until you try; that is what we always say.
What does the future entail for e-scooters?
So, after all is said and done, we cannot fail to mention that some of these benefits apply only to when private e-scooters are legalised in the UK. That may not be for a while, either. The current trials held in various locations are the closest we will get to see people commute by e-scooters.
As the government is looking to hit net-zero by 2050, it is important for them to take into account all the ways they can cut car usage. And implementing e-scooters into their strategy will help immensely.
To prepare for when this is the case, and to have fun on private land, check out our store, where we sell a whole host of top-end electric scooters. From WEPED to Bronco and everything in between, we have you covered for all your e-scooter needs!