When gas prices started to climb up the charts, we quickly saw how quickly e-bike sales also increased. With many fast and inexpensive e-bikes available, commuters were ditching gasoline and turning to smaller electric vehicles. But new sales figures show the e-scooter market is also getting a big boost thanks to high petrol prices. And even smaller electric vehicles come with their own unique advantages.
Certainly, standing electric scooters were mostly new just a few years ago.
But like shared electric scooter companies Demonstrated the convenience and portability of such small, low-impact alternative electric vehicles, electric scooters have quickly become a popular form of urban transportation.
Now more than ever, the ability to get around without gas on a small-size vehicle is proving advantageous as gas prices continue to climb. And consumers are realizing this awareness in droves.
One of the largest electric scooter dealers in the United States, Fluidfreeride, reportedly saw its own electric scooter sales soar. Compared to last month, the Miami-based electric scooter company has sold twice as many electric two-wheelers. Compared to the same month last year, sales increased by 70%.
Fluidfreeride offers a wide range of electric scooters designed for different types of commuters. Of the society small electric scooters at $499 can reach speeds of 18 mph (30 km/h), while its more powerful electric scooters can more than double those speeds and ranges over 80 km.
When it comes to the needs of city commuters, that kind of high-speed, long-range performance is usually more than enough.
And it’s a lot cheaper than paying for gas, parking, car insurance, or other costs associated with owning a car.
In fact, the payback period for cheap scooters is often surprisingly quick.
New Jersey resident Kris Mercado told the WSJ than buying a $460 electric scooter at Amazon paid for itself after just five trips from Mercado’s home in New Jersey to a destination in Queens. According to Mercado, using a combination of electric scooter and public transport costs just a fraction of the old car trip of almost $100, when factoring in the cost of gas, parking and tolls.
The portability and convenience of electric scooters have become one of their main selling points. Almost all electric scooters fold up for easy transport, and many users combine them with public transport such as buses and subways to extend their reach even further.
Serving as last-mile vehicles, lightweight electric scooters help commuters get from their home to a local train or bus station, and then from the next station to their place of work.
Other larger and more powerful electric scooters can often stand on their own, serving as alternatives to self-driving cars. Famed California electric scooter company Voro Motors touts 25mph Emove Cruiser electric scooter as having a range of over 60 miles (100 km). Thinking that might be a little hyperbolic, I spent three hours on a Saturday morning putting that claim to the test, managed to drive the scooter at full speed for just over the claimed 60 miles. You can see the arduous test in the video below.
With electric scooters now serving as both lightweight range extenders and fully independent alternatives for cars, this popular form of electric vehicle appears to be sticking around for the foreseeable future. And with the added benefits over traditional cars such as traffic avoidance and ease of parking, it’s safe to say that they will remain popular even if gas prices eventually drop.
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