The electric scooter continues to grow in popularity and necessity, especially in Europe and Asia. The United States are slowly seeing the benefits, too, as more people are looking to save money from high gas prices and insurance fees. While scooters are very popular, electric scooter adoption has only recently picked-up in comparison to the gas scooter market. Last year, there was an estimated 12 million electric scooters sold around the world.
Electric Scooter Progress
As battery technology improves, electric scooters get more and more appealing to those who have never owned a scooter before. The same goes for electric cars, the growth of Tesla is nothing short of impressive, spurring more car companies to develop their own competitive counterparts and hybrids.
The introductory model electric scooter is equal to a 50cc gas scooter, capable of around 50 miles on a charge with a top speed of about 30mph. There’s a slew of other advantages that come with buying electric over gas, not only in cost-per-trip, but also in maintenance. Electric scooters break-down far less and need only basic owner care to run efficiently. So, while they may cost more than gas, they provide much more long-term savings for the consumer.
Beyond the Horizon
For now, China dominates the electric scooter market. Jiangsu Xinri E-Vehicle company is the number one producer of electric scooters, with Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and Germany following. Part of the reason why America has such a low adoption rate is due to the fact that there are no American manufacturers or Asian motorcycle brands that are prevalent here, i.e. Honda, Yamaha, or Suzuki.
Market experts believe that in the U.S. alone, sales are expected to jump ten-fold to over 36,000 scooters sold by 2018. This is a conservative estimate, since other outside factors like the economy and infrastructure could play a role in adoption rates. The electric vehicle movement could cause a surge in things like fueling stations and charging technology that allows owners to charge their vehicles to full in a matter of 5-10 minutes, around the typical amount times it takes for one to fill-up at the gas station.
Without a doubt, though, the future of electric scooters will depend on who becomes the first company to step-up and lead the charge against the old oil and gas industry that everyone knows is unsustainable for the future of the automotive industry. We need one of the major scooter manufacturers to do the right thing and support electric scooters, or maybe Tesla will need to get the ball rolling for that, too.