The modern world offers you many different options when it comes to transportation. Public transport has become increasingly popular around the world, as it offers people a cheaper way to get where they need to be. But there must be a better and faster way to get around, right? If you don’t notice already, Portable Electric Vehicle (PEVs) can be seen anywhere on the street, you can at least spot one PEV zooming down the pave way, be it an Electric Scooter, Electric Bicycle or even Electric Skateboard.
If you are already considering in getting one, that’s great. But which is better for you? E-Scooter or E-bikes? Well, let’s break it down for you.
Here’s a brief overview of E-Scooters.
Electric scooters are becoming more popular around the world, for a few reasons. Even the largest ones are relatively easy to get accustomed to, and they can be surprisingly fun. Unlike motor vehicles, E-scooters don’t require a license or any form of training to ride. Even when they do, they seldom require insurance and license plates, making them exceptionally easy to jump right into. They are a great option for frequent, short-distance travel. So, if your workplace is not far from home, getting an e-scooter will be a life saver! Not only that saves you money from your everyday commute, but you’ll also able to escape the morning rush hour! They start very quickly and can be on the road in seconds, on top of often having a good amount of storage space.
E-scooters come in varying sizes and speed limit. The smaller ones are lightweight and portable as well, so you can take them anywhere. While the bigger ones are heavier and faster, great for long distance travelling!
What about E-bikes?
E-bikes operate very similarly to E-scooters. They accelerate and brake through the same processes, generally speaking. The setup will usually include acceleration on the right-hand side, and brakes in front.
E-bikes offer a great method of transportation, as they can be ridden on the same paved roads or paths as a regular bicycle. They generally offer you a more sustainable charge than an E-scooter, as pushing on the pedals can charge the battery a bit on the go. This makes them ideal for long distances. In Canada and the United States, the bigger E-bikes with a greater range can exceed 30km/hour, so it’s perfect for daily commuting or leisure outdoor activities!
Some E-bikes are smaller; Thus, they are lighter and portable to bring around everywhere but typically the lightest E-bikes weigh about 14-16kg. While the bigger ones can weigh up to 18-20kg, equipped with better range and functions.
However, both vehicles come with their own unique challenges that need to be taken into consideration. Depending on where you live, they can be a pain to deal with or a pleasure.
When on E-Scooter; Safety’s first!
The primary downside to the E-scooter’s ease of use is that many people don’t treat them with the respect they deserve. Because they are relatively unregulated and slower than motor vehicles, you may feel inclined to drive less cautiously and forgo on safety equipment. Remember that when you are on an E-scooter, you have no seat belt and you are still going at high speeds. Accidents at even 40 kilometres per hour can be devastating, particularly if you are not wearing a helmet or driving carelessly. Many people have had to learn the hard way, so while you are getting started, boots and gloves are highly recommended with the larger E-Scooters. Furthermore, no matter how experienced you are, not wearing a helmet can be quite dangerous.
Charge after every use!
You will need access to a charging station. This can be in the form of a charger in your own home, or a commercial E-scooter charging station or store. In certain parts of California, for example, there are plenty of locations to charge your E-scooter. Elsewhere, you’d likely need to charge them yourself. Preferably at home, the night before as for typically e-scooters, it will take at least 4 to 8 hours to charge for optimal use. On the brightside, apart from the initial cost of buying your E-scooter and its accompanying products is quite affordable. Charging them doesn’t require much electricity at all, so you end up saving money over time. However, their battery life is often very short, so the TRUE challenge is travelling far, or worse yet running out of electricity in the middle of nowhere. Don’t risk that.
E-Bikes, long-distance travel and leisure activities!
E-bikes carry the same challenges as E-Scooters when it comes to a power source. As most can be charged similarly to an E-scooter, often with a simple plug, the issue is no more or less concerning. Typical smaller E-bikes take 3 to 5 hours to charge. However, E-bikes face one other glaring challenge to new riders: they don’t operate like normal bicycles. If you are mounting an E-bike for the first time, you need to remember that the vehicle has an electric engine that will send you flying forward with a very simple touch. Be careful when mounting so as to not injure yourself or others by pre-emptively launching your E-bike forward.
How fast can they go?
Well, typical lightweight e-bikes have similar speed to normal e-scooters which is about 25-30km/hr. However, one challenge for E-bikes is that they are not as portable and mobile as compared to E-scooters. It is slightly harder for E-bikes to squeeze in between the crowd or traffic as they are not as slim and small as E-Scooters. Also, for some people, E-bikes can be a little heavy to be carried around despite before foldable and portable.
Location, Location, & Location
Ultimately it comes down to your own priorities and your location. If you live in a country like Canada, either vehicle would be less useful due to seasonal weather and road conditions. In colder countries, roads are built with cars in mind, and it can be dangerous to drive somewhere where people don’t expect to see you while you’re riding in their lane. Furthermore, you wouldn’t be allowed to ride at all on many sidewalks in countries like the US and Canada. In many cities, however, roads are built with bicycles and other smaller vehicles in mind, making it safer and easier to get around.
In the end, you need to take your location into account to decide which vehicle will serve you better. If you have access to large sidewalks, smaller E-scooters and some E-bikes are a great idea. If you know that you will not have much space to ride your E-vehicle safely, then you may want to abstain in favour of other options.
If you’re sold on PEVs as your new mode of transportation, then your choice between the two comes to location as well. More specifically, where are you coming from and where are you going. Both E-scooters and E-bikes are compact and easy to ride. If you need a vehicle for short-distance travel, to pick up meals or get to the gym quickly, then an E-scooter is right for you. If you are looking for a more long-distance or sporty vehicle, then an E-bike will offer you the power and rigidity you are looking for. Either way, have fun and stay safe!