eScooters: the more efficient mode of transport
Posted 8th November 2019. Category: General.
Electric scooters are becoming more and more popular in our cities; for good reason! They are helping commuters travel more efficiently, affordably and quickly! Latest advances in electric motor and battery technology have created this new form of city transportation - a compact device that can propel an individual at high speed while making their ride comfortable and hassle-free.
For the vast majority of the population, who have either a walk or public transport mode of travel set within their daily commute - can benefit from the perks of an eScooter! The standard walking speed is approximately 5km/h, and some electric scooters (such as the Xiaomi M365 Pro or Unagi Model One) have a cruising speed of 25km/h. This is 5x times as quickly. So all things being equal, if you spend your morning walking for 35 minutes, an eScooter can get you there in under 8 minutes. Multiply this by 2x, then by 5x days per week, you could save over 4.5 hours per week on an electric scooter!
WalkSmart offers FlexiRental plans starting at $80 per month (equivalent to $19 per week), or $4.3 per hour. Do you value your time greater than $4 per hour?
Some of the most common questions we get asked are:
What do I do with my eScooter when I get to work?
Depends on the model (but the Unagi for example): is very lightweight, compact and versatile. When you arrive at your destination, you can fold your Unagi, easily carry it in one hand, and leave it under your desk at work. You can bring it on public transport, bring it inside tight elevators and carry it up large stairs easily!
Why don't I just ride a bike into work?
Bikes are often big and clumsy; they are challenging to maneuver in densely populated areas and difficult to carry or take into your workplace. You often cannot take them on public transport and need to take special routes to get around. Bikes can be more costly, especially eBikes.
Are eScooter legal in my area?
eScooter legality varies from area to area. In Sydney, for example, there are many locations that permit eScooter use, including private property and council zones which are doing eScooter trials. We recommend you check your local area to see whether they are permitted for use. We expect the whole of NSW to permit eScooters shortly.
I also have to charge the device? So I need to pay for the electricity?
Electric scooters are very power efficient. Using an electric scooter for your daily commute uses minimal electricity. The charger (power supply) is generally 60w across all models and so will cost about 7c per charge (at $0.25 per KW). Charging once every three days will equate to about $9 per year in electricity costs. Alternatively, you may be allowed to charge at your office!
Electric scooters are booming in our cities! For good reason! Say goodbye to Uber, public transport and walking! eScooters are here to improve your quality of life, so you have more time to do what matters to you most.
WalkSmart recommends that you check your local state laws and regulations in relation to using electric scooters in public locations, roads and footpaths. Laws vary state by state and therefore may limit use to private locations only. Each local body is reviewing public electric scooter use, so we expect it to be regulated, but legal in all states within the short term. Feel free to contact WalkSmart if you have any further queries.