Micro-mobility? - Upgrading your travel to work

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by James Veale

A new form of transport that has been advancing over the last 20 years; electric micro-mobility is made up of electric bikes, scooters and skateboards. This article will focus on the development of electric bikes and scooters as suitable methods of transport for modern workers.

What is electric micro-mobility?

Electric bikes (commonly known as e-bikes) come in all shapes and sizes, with a range of specialised features. There are options such as folding bikes for rail commuters, and road bikes that can go over 75 miles between charges for those who commute those extra miles.

Electric scooters also have a variety of perks depending on the model that you choose. The ‘Glion Dolly Foldable Commuter Electric Scooter’ boasts an impressive 3.5-hour battery life which is ideal for a week of commuting in the city. Other models such as the ‘Razor E300S’ allows riders to sit for a more comfortable journey.

Who should be riding?

E-bikes and electric scooters are ideal for commuters with varying needs. They are much cheaper to run than a car or motorbike and are even cheaper than public transport (which tends to cost 10p-30p per mile). E-bikes and scooters can allow you to nip through traffic and shorten your commute to work with some scooters allowing speeds of over 40 mph.

Electric scooters are especially beneficial when you can’t guarantee finding yourself a parking space or don’t want to spend upwards of £100 running and parking your car each week. They are ideal if you want to cut down your pollution, save some time on your commute, get more fresh air and save yourself some money.

Where has it worked already?

Cities all over the world are experiencing increased pollution and congestion. 46% of car traffic in the US is caused by cars on trips less than three miles, this could be greatly reduced by electric bikes and scooters.  There has been lots of success all over the US as borrowing electric scooters (similar to Boris/Santander bikes in London) has become popular across many cites. Similar trends have been shown in Singapore and China.

How much does it cost?

Prices really do vary for different models of e-bikes and electric scooters. If you are looking to pay as little as possible, you can find a range of e-bikes for as little as £400 and scooters as low as £300. There are many with all sorts of features which raise the price little by little.

If money is the least of your worries, then you could consider the ‘Specialized Turbo Levo FSR’ at £4250 as a serious e-bike to get yourself a bike with amazing suspension and traction. Alternatively, if an electric scooter is more your style, the ‘Scrooser’ is the top of the range at almost £4000. A scooter offers a smooth ride with zero emissions and a 15.5 mph top speed.

Newest developments

Boosted (one of the largest manufacturers of electric skateboards) has recently released an electric scooter to enter into this market. The scooter they have released is priced at $1599 (which is just over £1250). While it is on the pricey side, it offers a vehicle grade scooter for a serious, modern commuter.

The technology within electric micro-mobility has advanced over the last 20 years. Battery life, maximum speed, suspension, brakes and comfort has all improved for e-bikes and electric scooters. Competition has increased as popularity has increased so there are even more options when looking to buy e-bike or electric scooters.

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