We are on verge of revolution when it comes to personal transport. The big cities are “stuffed” with people, the air is getting stuffy, and unless we want to spend our lives stuck in traffic, we have to find another way of transportation. The automotive manufactures are turning to finding alternative sources of energy, producing more efficient, lighter and less expensive batteries, and even though the industry is progressing rapidly, we are still far from electric cars being ubiquitously available. Till that happens we still have our bikes, car sharing and public transport. But what people really want is a way to move themselves from one destination to another and keep the comfort, freedom and flexibility that owning a car offers.
Electric vehicles for personal transportation
Personal electric vehicle is defined as battery, fuel cell, or hybrid-powered, 2 or 3 wheel vehicle generally weighing less than 200 pounds. An electric vehicle is one that uses an electric motor instead of an engine, and batteries instead of a fuel tank and gasoline. They come in different shapes and sizes: from small, toy-like self-balancing scooters to full-size electric motorcycles and electric cars. Since electric cars are out of reach for most consumers, we’ve focused our attention to the world of electric two-wheelers.
The electric scooter is the term that can be used to describe a wide range of vehicles: from electrified kick scooters to Vespa-like electric mopeds. While apparently, no one thinks they are cool (or they are just afraid to admit it), they have proven to be an excellent way of commuting to work, or going to school, especially as a last-mile solution. The stand-up rides are fun and take you back to your childhood days, while electric scooters with seats offer more comfort. In the sea of different designs, there is no way you won’t be able to find one that you like.
Bicycles are one of the best commuting vehicles currently available, and with the improvements in electric motor and battery technology, the electric bike industry has sky-rocketed. The idea behind the electric bike is that you should be able to pedal it just like a regular bicycle, but if you need assistance on steep hills or when you get tired, the electric motor kicks in and helps you out. The only downside is that they can be rather expensive. However, if you use an e-bike as an alternative to a car, you will quickly make up for the initial investment.