Electric Scooters: Are They the Future of Eco-Friendly Urban Transportation?

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The world is going full electric. Burning fossil fuels has filled our environment with toxic gases so dense that the weather update says – Polluted Air, Smoke or Smog.

AQI is through the roof even in Tier-2 cities.

We can’t all afford a Tesla or Prius Hybrid when most of us belong to the salaried young urban professional category.

Enter the electric scooters – a viable, sustainable alternative to personal cars or public transport that run on CO2 emitting fuels.

Here are six reasons why you should consider the E-scooter for your urban transportation.


1. Zero Emissions

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The only time an e-scooter might give out any residue is when you pull the brakes. Electricity is the new Oil. We are turning Green in everything we consume. 

Modes of transportation around the world can’t all be made environmentally adaptable for years to come but we could take baby steps in ensuring our contribution to the smog is as little as possible. 

These scooters just need to be charged through a 1000W outlet and they can run at an average speed of 25-30 mph.


2. Take less storage space

Big cities and parking problems are inseparable with the fast-spreading urban population. Everyone wants to own a car – it is the first societal stamp of having ‘arrived’. 

However, given their compact design, the owner of an e-scooter can never see a space issue anywhere. Whether it’s in a college parking lot, the coffee shop in the next lane, departmental store or your friend’s apartment, you are sure of one thing at least – you will always find a spot. 

This also means you do not pay garage rent! Now that should be reason enough for you to invest in a durable and trendy e-scooter in smart colors. It could also make for a very practical and thoughtful Easter gift to your loved ones.


3. Budget Friendly

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The goal is not to look rich but to be rich. Imagine saving a few hundred bucks every day. It all adds up to a lot in one year! 

E-scooters do not cost a bomb, there is no fuel cost and no post-purchase maintenance or servicing required. All that you might incur is a dearer electricity bill which is not even close to the daily commuting expenses of public transport put together or the taxi fare. 


4. Low Maintenance 

You don’t need to change the oil or get the wheels checked every week or worry about heating up and engine troubles. 

With an e-scooter, the stress of monthly servicing costs also disappears. It is a cool, educated mode of short distance commuting. You don’t even need to wash it, just wipe it with a soft cloth and zoom off.


5. A healthier option

E-scooters can only be driven standing up so unlike a car or a bus or a train, you get to burn some calories while doing your daily chores, commuting to office/school/college. 

It will literally keep you active on your toes and alert at all times since it is just your feet on wheels. 

Another plus side is it saves you traffic time since it is so easy to maneuver in traffic and side lanes which are specially built for cyclists, pedestrians and these e-scooters.


6. Recyclable Batteries

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Electric scooters being electric vehicles use lithium ion batteries. Li-ion batteries are not only recyclable but the extracted material is also big on value. 

Lithium, cobalt, manganese and nickel as residue can be reintroduced in the manufacture of new batteries. Waste management of these batteries have helped in preventing accumulation of toxic electronic debris. 

Recyclable Li-on batteries become a valuable secondary source of material. Cascading reuse of these batteries is also encouraged to extract as much energy from it till the last drop. They can be utilised in weak grids on the downward slope and ultimately the chemicals can be extracted to recycle the  battery. 



Electric scooters are an essential part of the electric vehicle revolution. They have the potential to decarbonize transportation at a very cellular level. Because electric vehicles offer a green, economical alternative for commuting, their manufacturing also needs an end of use dismantling process. 

There is a significant amount of environmental footprint which gets left behind in the process. To counter this, a facility for recycling and reuse becomes a part of owning the end-to-end manufacturing, dismantling and repurposing batteries as a responsibility towards the planet.

Countries across the world are undergoing a transition towards clean energy. Crank cars and vehicles emitting toxic gas has led to an urgent need of increasing the popularity of electric vehicles. 

2020 saw the electrification of transportation with 10 million electric cars on roads. The rising fuel prices and CO2 emissions have led to countries offering substantial fiscal incentives to electric vehicles manufacturers and primary purchase subsidies to consumers. 

Governments have invested heavily in setting up infrastructure for charging points to bring electric vehicles into the mainstream transport.

  • Luke Rooks

    Luke is a passionate environmental advocate based in upstate New York. When he's not sharing tips on sustainability and wellness, you can find him hiking with his dog, Max.

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