Opinion

Electric scooters - good or bad for environment?

2019-04-10 11:01 #0 by: Niklas

Electric scooters are a new and fun way to move around. Several companies want to get into the market of renting them out in larger cities around the world.

Convenience is one of the selling points compared to walking and public transport. You pick one up, activate it with a smartphone app, and go. Another selling point is care for the environment. Electricity can be a good environmental choice.

A factor many haven't thought of is the lifespan of electric scooters. Reports suggest scooters for rent live between one and three months on average. The distance traveled during that time, according to an article in Quartz, was 262 kilometers over 92 rides. With current prices of an electric scooter, it doesn’t look like a very sustainable business.

Depending on what happens to the scooters in the afterlife, they may not be very good for the environment either. Are they refurbished and put back into the streets? Are the materials harvested and used for other things? What impact does the manufacturing of electric scooters have on the environment?

Initially, I thought the rental scooters were a fun new, “green” way to get around in cities. After reading about their short lifespans I'm not so sure anymore. I am pretty sure that, if I owned an electric scooter, I would take care of it well enough to last much longer than rental ones. Perhaps it would be a better business renting scooters to people for longer periods. Pay per month and have all maintenance taken care of for free by the rental company? If I rented something for a longer period, I would take better care of it than if it was a one ride thing and no one could pin any damage to me.

Do you have an opinion of electric rental scooters? What do you think?

» How long does a scooter last? Less than a month, Louisville data suggests — Quartz

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2019-04-10 11:35 #1 by: Evelina

I find it really annoying how the people who rent the scooters in Stockholm often ‘park’ the scooters in the middle of the sidewalks instead of parking them out of the way of people’s walkway. It’s rude and inconsiderate. I’ve found many scooters, as a result, sawed in half and left as rubbish in the city. I don’t know who is sawing them in half but the whole thing is just a big issue in my opinion.

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2019-04-10 11:54 #2 by: Joab

Badly parked scooters seem to be a major problem for blind people.

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2019-04-10 19:47 #3 by: Leia

I personally don't see the point in them, I think bikes are much more environmentally friendly mode of transport if you really don't want to walk.

 I think they only promote laziness and considering the problem of obesity here in the UK, I don't think they should be encouraged at all. 

Although if you have a serious mobility issue or a disabled I think they are a brilliant idea. 

All the best, Leia

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