Top Reasons To Buy An Electric Scooter Or An Electric-Bike: Two Wheels Is The Way Forward For Us All!

Eccity 125 Electric Scooter

There Has Never Been A More Profound Time To Challenge Our Relationship With Mobility, And To Migrate From Polluting Four Wheel Petrol & Diesel Cars, To Two Wheel Electric Scooters And Electric Bikes, As Consumers Seek More Convenience, Social Distancing, Lower Travel Costs And Greener Solutions!  


If there is one certainty from the ongoing pandemic, is that, the world post coronavirus will be very different to the world before the outbreak.  The impact from this crisis will be profound and long-term, but despite the current hardships, we will learn important lessons, which will have a long-term positive impact for society as a whole.  

In particular, we will witness fundamental changes in consumer buying attitudes,  in ways, which we have yet to fully comprehend.  However, we can be certain that sustainability, the environment and consumption impact on our planet, will be core themes in the decision making process of consumers, as we move forward.  

One area that we expect to witness a paradigm shift, is mobility, in particular, the relationship of an individual or household with mobility.  In our view, families and individuals, across cities, town and villages in the UK will fiercely challenge the ‘status quo’ in regards to their incumbent relationship with mobility.  Older mobility models with polluting petrol and diesel vehicles at the centre of an individual or family ecosystem will be orphaned and replaced by new mobility concepts. Families will replace their cars with more convenient, cheaper and environmentally friendly solutions. The norm of two polluting internal combustion engine (ICE) cars outside a family home will be replaced by smaller pure electric cars, e-bikes and e-scooters with a more positive outcome for the environment.

The Honda e All Electric Prototype
The Honda e All Electric Prototype (credit: Honda)

 We expect a significant number of individuals in densely populated cities, like London, to seek new forms of mobility.  Cars will be abandoned, and to some extent public transportation, as individuals migrate in large numbers to using cycles, electric bikes, electric scooters and electric kick-scooters, for shorter work and leisure commutes. Outright ownership of two-wheelers and electric mobility sharing schemes will witness exponential growth.     

During this ongoing lockdown, many of us have experienced the positives of a city or town, with reduced traffic, lower air pollution and lower noise pollution.  We have got a reasonably good sense of our cleaner environment and  will not want to revert to the congested, polluted and harmful world of cities choking due to tailpipe emissions.  

Many European countries have already achieved this utopia a few years ago.  The Netherlands is a case in point.  The country has a population of 17 million, who own over 22.5 million bicycles.  At an average they own 1.3 bicycles per capita, more than any other in the world. 

We in the United Kingdom can learn much from countries like the Netherlands, to significantly improve the quality of our lives.  The logic is profoundly simple: the lower the use of cars in cities and towns, the lower the negative impact on air quality, the lower the harmful health impact on children, the vulnerable and the society at large, the higher an individuals quality of life and lower the burden to the government in regards to healthcare costs.   It is impossible to argue with this assertion! 

Eccity 125 Electric Scooter
eccity Electric Scooters (credit: eccity)

So, wherever in the UK you are based, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I need a car to commute to work or can I commute another way?
  • Do I need a car for my day-to-day social activity or can I commute another way?
  • Do I need a car for my day-to-day errands or can I commute another way? 

You will be surprised, but on thorough reflection, you will come to the same conclusion, as many others have done i.e. cars are a very poor choice for shorter commutes!  We at e-zoomed suggest you consider the following mobility options.  

Forme Electric Bike
Forme Electric Bike (credit: Forme)

Top Reasons To Own An Electric Scooter Or An Electric Bike 


Save Money 

Now, who does not want to save hard earned money! It is difficult to overestimate this point.  Using an electric scooter or a pedal-assist bike is significantly cheaper that an ICE car (petrol and diesel).  The savings are not only from fuel, but also from reduced parking, congestion charge, service, maintenance, repair and insurance costs.  An individual and family can save substantially, which given the current economic environment, is welcome news for all! 

Increase Convenience and Save Time 

How many of you have been forced to abandon plans or arrive late for work and meetings because of delayed trains, tubes and buses? Or been stuck in a never ending traffic jam?  Or have to take multiple connection to reach a particular destination? Electric scooters and e-bikes put you in-charge of your day, such that you have far better control of your schedule. You leave when you need to and you arrive on time. Now, that is convenience!

model 3 eccity electric scooter
eccity Model3 Electric Scooter (credit: eccity)

Environmental Benefit 

To many consumers, this is now more critical than ever before, as we realise during the current lockdown the improved air quality and reduced noise pollution mostly from polluting internal combustion engine (ICE) petrol and diesel vehicles.  Moreover, many of us do not want to further pollute the very environment we live in.  Electric vehicles, in particular, battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), like e-scooters are zero-emission i.e. these vehicles do not have any tailpipe emissions and do not increase local air pollution like conventional scooters.  The same is the case for electric bikes and electric kick-scooters.  All choices of e-mobility that are environmentally friendly.  

eccity 125 electric scooter
eccity125 Electric Scooter (credit: eccity)

Increase Fitness And Health 

Electric bikes are certainly good for increasing fitness level and in turn improving general health.  Many of us work long days and are unable to exercise on a regular basis.  Pedal-assisted electric bikes gives us an opportunity to exercise in our hectic daily schedule by using an e-bike for commuting to work or running errands. 

And lastly, electric scooters and electric bikes are pure fun. If you do not believe us, try it yourself!


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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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