Are Scooters the Future of Green City Transportation?
I’ve been thinking about this question for a while now. Government regulations and the concern for more fuel efficient or alternative fuel vehicles have been gaining momentum. More and more of the population is starting to embrace the concept of going green, and it’s not uncommon to see people ditching their big SUVs for fuel efficient vehicles.
Based on trends, the United States’ oil consumption was expected to exponentially grow over time. However, actual fuel consumption started to decline from the expected in 2005. A number of factors contributed to the decline in oil consumption - the growing cost of oil, the concerns of the greenhouse effect, and the progression of more fuel-efficient vehicles.
- Fortunately, the scooter does a great job of relieving these concerns.
- It uses a very small amount of fuel compared to a car or SUV – helping out your wallet as the price of oil increases.
- Motor scooters produce around 70% less CO2 emission as compared to cars or SUVs, which helps lower the greenhouse gas output.
- Electric scooters are considered zero-emission vehicles.
- Scooters can get up to 85 mpg!
- It’s a great feeling when you rarely have to fill up your tank, and when you do it won’t cost you much more than $10.
The environmental and financial benefits of scooters are clear, but there is an added benefit which makes them that much more appealing.
The logistics of getting around in an urban setting are much easier in a smaller vehicle. Unlike cars, scooters can be parked nearly everywhere. In a big city, this will save a lot of heartache and a lot of gas that would otherwise be spent circling the block to look for a parking spot.
Many European and Asian countries have gotten it right and have adopted the scooter as a regular mode of transportation. Major cities such as Zhengzhou, the capital of Central China’s Henan province, have been seen to have an estimated 500,000 scooters on the streets. That’s a lot of scooters in one area, but it’s not a problem thanks to the low-profile design of these vehicles.
There are quite a few options out there in terms of scooter size, speed, and style. The most recognizable brand is the Vespa, but it can cost quite a bit of money. Other companies such as Road Rat Motors, make comparable motor scooters but at more affordable prices.
Just like cars, there’s going to be something for everyone. You just need to do a little research to find it.
Motor scooters are in a good position to become a leader in city transportation. The future of getting around major cities seems to favor these nimble, low emission vehicles.
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