Why buy an electric scooter
Electric scooters are quickly gaining momentum as the sustainable urban personal transport solution of the future. They have already proven to be hugely popular across the globe and in the UK where scooter rental schemes are being trialled throughout the UK. With the correct legislation, they have the potential of solving so many of the issues our cities face today, not least, toxic emissions, inefficiencies and overcrowding of our public transport networks and roads. So, why buy an electric scooter? Is it worth investing in your own scooter or should you rent one?
Renting an Electric Scooter
One of the greatest benefits of using an electric scooter is the ease and flexibility of transport, saving you both time and money – as well as doing your bit to save our planet! You can get from A to B significantly faster with average speeds of 14mph and due to their small size and portability, you can avoid the congestion that often builds up in cities throughout the day. Once you have reached your destination, you can park the electric scooter in a safe place and pick one up when you need it again. However, there are also some downsides to renting.
In recent months, rental scooters have developed a somewhat negative reputation. It has been reported that many residents in Silicon Valley (where electric scooters have been used since 2017) are not parking their rental scooters responsibly but instead leaving them on the side of the road or other areas where they risk becoming a hazard.
Another problem with rental scooters is that you may find yourself having to spend time hunting one down near you and when you do it may not be in the best condition, be fully charged or you may be restricted by the zone you’ll be allowed to park it without receiving a penalty.
And with the personal hygiene concerns due to Covid-19, you don’t know who’s used it previously so you’ll likely want to give it a good wipe down before hopping on.
Why Buy an Electric Scooter?
When it comes to buying your own electric scooter, on the other hand, you can enjoy all the benefits that a rented scooter brings without any of these cons.
Firstly, you won’t have to worry about damage from another user or low battery. With full control of the scooter, you can make sure it’s continuously maintained and fit it with or select an electric scooter with a larger battery to reduce the number of times it requires a charge. The customisation options available for scooters you buy are vast and allow you to own a scooter that works for you. You can pick a brand of your choice, which all vary in their weight, top speed, suspension, wheels size and tyre type and much more!
Once you have finished riding your scooter you can also park it responsibly where it is convenient for you – rather than being restricted to the zone defined by the scooter sharing app. You’ll never want to leave your own scooter lying around in the streets which reduces hazards for pedestrians, and you’ll benefit from having a fast and efficient transport whenever you need it.
So, what is the best option for you?
Whether you want to rent an electric scooter or buy your own, you’re looking at a win-win situation. Electric scooters are likely to be the game-changing solution for the future of sustainable and zero-emission personal transport. The more people who take part in this movement the fewer cars there will be on the roads of tomorrow. While riding personal electric scooters on public roads or pavements is not currently legal in the UK, electric scooters can be enjoyed on private land (with permission) so you can still enjoy your electric scooter while we all wait for the big change in legislation we’re all hoping for.