Comparative analysis indicates that e-scooters produce 98 percent less emissions than a traditional single passenger car, amongst other measures of efficiency.

E-scooter vehicles have the potential to slash emissions, reinvigorate mass transit, and address America’s dependency on cars.


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A team from Valence Strategic put together a series of infographics to encourage policymakers to push for the proliferation of micromobility services (such as e-scooters).

In general, e-scooters were represented to be:
  • More energy efficient than traditional vehicles (e.g. the embedded energy of an e-scooter is less than 1 percent of the embedded energy in an automobile).
  • Cheaper in terms of capitals costs compared to alternatives.
  • Cheaper to fuel than alternatives like public transit, taxis, and personal cars.
      Vehicle TypeDistances in Football Field Laps (per Kilowatt Hour)Capital Costs (USD)Fueling Cost of 5 Miles of Daily Transport Over a Year (USD)CO2 Emissions per passenger per gallon (lbs)Weight (lbs)
      Gas Vehicle3-$185.1018.90 lbs4,100
      Electric Vehicle17$53,000$78.872.25 lbs4,072
      E-Scooter 333$499$2.930.3 lbs28

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Let's Count the Ways E-Scooters Could Save the City

Author: Tillemann, Levi and Lassor Feasley

Published By: Wired

Source Date: 12/7/2018



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Benefit ID: 2020-01440