If you’re a particular age, then you might have memories
of riding a new energy scooter. Those
flimsy, two-wheeled scooters that gave you freedom on the
sidewalk in front of your house before your acquisition of a
bike opened up the whole neighborhood.
Until recently, that image of a scooter as a nothing more than
a child’s toy was the one most people carried.
Now, several companies, such as Bird, LimeBike, and Spin, are
out to change that perception. They are banking big on the idea
that the small, compact e-scooter is a viable personal
But is it?
Let’s take a look at where e-scooters are at today, from their
fundamental appeal to how they work to their practicality
beyond ordinary weekend fun.
Although manual and electric kick- or push-start scooters have
both been around for some time, the popularity of the latter
has risen steadily over the past two decades.
Perhaps the central development in the design and marketing of
today’s e-scooters is children are no longer the primary
Make no mistake, the targets are still young. They just happen
to have a different set of priorities.
College students on campus.
Young professionals who live and work in urban environments.
People looking for alternative means of transportation in those
Each of these groups offer a market segment that tends to
eschew the norms and traditions of the past. Zipping around
town on a low-speed, zero-emission scooter certainly caters to
those demanding alternatives.
With a unifying factor that everyone over a certain age will
probably look a little goofy riding one, it’s easy to see the
appeal. It also doesn’t hurt that
scooters come across as simple and easily accessible
devices that are even easier to operate.
E-scooters, much like their non-powered siblings are about as
straightforward as it gets when it comes to personal
In their simplest form scooters are composed of a narrow
platform or deck, t-stem handlebars with a throttle and
hand brakes, two wheels (although some models come with three
or four), and front and rear suspension. Most scooters are
fold-able, and some models also include a seat.
When it comes to variation, scooters are what they are. Alter
the design too much, and they become an entirely different form
of transportation. However, they do possess a few key areas
where a slight difference makes a significant impact on
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