The persecution of the scooters electrical does not stop. A time to this part, the scooters electric have become the main enemy of many. Among the main causes bandied about by its detractors, the problems they can generate to pedestrians and drivers in large cities, where the streets have been taken over by this type of vehicle for personal mobility. The last attack against them ensures that the scooters electric are more polluting than travel by bus. Now, what we are faced with a new piece of news is false, or an exaggeration? Or do you really have the sense to worry about what contaminates the scooters electric?
The scooters electric does not emit pollutants
The first irrefutable truth: the scooters electric does not emit any pollutant gas. This is crucial in many cities, within the meaning of the elevated levels of contaminants that are forcing many cities to take measures, often unpopular, to try to avoid episodes of high pollution. Use a powered scooter to get around town, instead of a car, or a bus, with the internal combustion engine, it will always be beneficial to the city.
It is true that the scooters electric they require power to recharge their batteries. And that energy could, in part, come from non-renewable sources that generate CO2. Even so, the study that occupies us considered negligible pollution generated by the charging of scooters electrical. And that is precisely where we go to the crux of the issue and the problem should lead us to reflection, of the short life span of scooters, electric-shared, rent.
The scooters electric does not emit pollutants, and the pollution resulting from the obtaining of the energy needed for recharging is negligible
The business of scooters, electric rental
Despite the fact that most of the owners do not make a distinction at this point, the study of the University of North Carolina who has come to this conclusion focuses solely on the scooters electrical shared, and not on the scooters private, that more and more urbanites use on their travels.
The study has concluded that the greatest impact of the scooters electric shared is, first, on the pollution generated in the manufacturing process and transportation (50% of the impact) and the recharge processes of daily (43%) that are required to deliver the service.
The problem of these scooters electric does not lie, obviously, in its conception as a vehicle of personal mobility, but in the fact that vandalism, misuse, and theft, make the duration of these scooters are reduced to a few weeks, and not years, that should be the useful life of a scooter. On the other hand, we must consider the process by which each day the scooters electric are picked up from the streets, to be recharged in vehicles that don’t tend to be electric, and therefore pollute, to be scattered again the next day through the streets, and have enough battery life to serve. In any case, the companies that provide this type of service has criticized the rigor of the study to assess the impact of their vehicles, considering that the data on which the study is based, as the rotation due to vandalism, are not correct.
The powered scooter is not the problem, the problem is in the scooters, electric car, or, better said, on the model of scooter electric rental that is proliferating also in the Spanish cities. This business can be profitable for the companies that provide the service, despite the vandalism. But it is obvious that it cannot stand as an environmentally friendly alternative if you do not reduce your environmental impact, avoiding the vandalism (which is not always depends on the company, but also of the vandals) and looking for a methodology of recharging more efficient (which itself is in the hands of the rental of scooters, electric).
Just as importantly, that we continue reflecting about the regulation of the use of the public space and put in a balance the benefit provided by these vehicles, compared to the inconvenience generated to the citizens.