The electric revolution is coming, and you can be sure that it is here to stay. Not just with electric cars or motorcycles, but with foldable electric scooters especially. Its small compact form makes it the perfect last mile solution between the train station and your home/office. You can fold it, bring it onto public transport, and use it pretty much anywhere there is a sidewalk.
Instead of using a car, which takes up a lot of space on the road, it is a great alternative option for transport in countries where traffic congestion is the norm. Forbes also wrote a great article about how e-scooters will revolutionize public transport.
For many people, buying an e-scooter has been one of the best decisions they have made, and here’s why:
1. SAVE TRAVELLING TIME
Many of us don’t live right next to the train station or bus stop, mostly due to cost reasons. Houses and apartments near train stations come at a premium due to the convenience. Hence, we have to resort to walking the 10-15mins it takes to get to the station. But with an electric scooter, however, you would pretty much fly there in a mere 2 mins. Over months, using an e-scooter over a short distance can save you a lot of time. It also saves you from walking under the sweltering hot
If you use an electric scooter to get directly to your destination, it can also help you save time even though its speed is significantly slower than that of a car. During peak hours, traffic congestion is at its worst. A short 2-3km trip can turn into 15 or 20 mins. But ride an e-scooter and you can avoid all of that waiting and frustration.
2. SAVE MONEY
This may seem counter-intuitive as e-scooters are usually a bit expensive. Decent e-scooters will set you back by about 30,000 baht (USD$950), and at that price, it takes some consideration before one will put money down for it. For example, depending on your location, popular models such as the Inokim Light and E-TWOW will cost between 25,000 baht to 50,000 baht.
Denise Ono of NBC News suggests that electric kick scooters can save you up to USD$700 (22,000 baht) per year. And she isn’t wrong. Taking public transport every day would cost, at a conservative estimate, $5 (120-160 baht) per day. By using an e-scooter instead, you would have paid it off in less than 7 months.
Many people also second her opinion and realized for themselves that an e-scooter is an economical way to get around. If you drive a car, an e-scooter would save you gas expenditures ($200 per month), insurance ($100 per month), and parking ($200 per month). That is just $500 (~15,000 baht) per month, not even including the price of the car itself. Of course, using an electric scooter as a replacement for a car only works if you travel short distances i.e. less than 15km per trip. So if your
3. AVOID TRAFFIC JAMS AND REDUCE TRAFFIC CONGESTION
According to a study by The Belgian Consultancy Transport and Mobility Leuven, a 25 percent shift from cars to personal transport vehicles such as scooters and motorcycles can eliminate traffic congestion entirely.
Though cars can transport up to 5 people at a time, the unfortunate norm is that only 1 or 2 people ride in a car at any one time. Due to their big size, they take up a lot of space on the road, and it is because of this that traffic congestion in big cities everywhere is increasing.
If these people switch to personal transport – smaller vehicles which only carry 1-2 people – traffic congestion can be eliminated completely, if not at least reduced significantly.
The photo above shows a situation familiar to everyone living in Bangkok, which has one of the worst cases of traffic congestion in the world. Due to the relatively cheap price of cars in Thailand, Bangkok has become the 12th most congested city in the world. In 2016, Bangkok drivers spend an average of 64.1 hours stuck in traffic – a lot of precious time that could have been better spent with family, friends and loved ones.
As the photo above shows, car lines stretch for as far as the eye can see. But pedestrian sidewalks are relatively empty (of course this isn’t the case everywhere in Bangkok). A 1 km commute by car from Asoke BTS Station to Phrom Phong BTS station could take up to 30 mins when traffic is at its worst. Commuting on an e-scooter, however, would only take you 3 mins or so. Instances like this in Thailand make electric scooters a great travel option to avoid traffic jams and congestion.
So there you have it, the top 3 reasons to use an e-scooter instead of traditional vehicles. This list, however, is not exhaustive. There are many other reasons such as environmentally friendliness, portability, safety, and the ability to park it and bring it anywhere.
Last but not least, make sure electric scooters are legal in the country you ride them in. In Singapore for example, you need to get