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6 Reasons Why Buying An Electric Scooter is Better Than Hiring One
If you’ve been outside recently you may have noticed that rental electric scooters have made their way to the UK and taken it by storm. Bristol is one of the first cities in the country to introduce these scooters to the streets, and while many people have welcomed them with open arms, there are those who have reservations.
Electric scooters are not only cheap to run, fun to ride and easy to get the hang of, they are also a more sustainable and eco-friendly transport option. With no carbon emissions, the scooters are a great replacement for traditional transport.
However, whilst we are 100% all for electric scooters, we do see a few cons to the hire scheme. In this article, we explain the top 6 reasons why we believe it’s better to buy an electric scooter instead of renting one.
1. Renting Is More Expensive
You could buy a scooter for the same price as a monthly pass!
One of the biggest selling points of the Electric Scooter is convenience. Need to get somewhere quickly? Then grab a scooter and go! However, it doesn’t quite work like that.
For starters, it’s not as cheap as you might think. In a recent review, it was stated that a trip that would normally cost someone £4.50 on public transport, actually cost £6 on an electric scooter. While this may not be a lot of money for a single trip, if you are relying on the scooters for your daily commute, you may be better off sticking with the bus.
While buying an electric kick scooter does require larger payment upfront, over time the scooter will cost next to nothing. You’ll also find that many companies offer affordable payment options, making it even more cost-effective.
Hiring a scooter twice a day could cost you up to easily over £600 a year depending on distance, however, you can purchase an Electric scooter for under £400. That’s a saving of £200 a year. It also works out cheaper than a Voi monthly pass of £420 a year. And better still, it’s yours to keep!
2. Riding Damaged Goods
As is the case with anything left to the public, you’ll often find that citizens do not take care of the rental electric scooters when they use them. The scooters are thrown down or used irresponsibly and this results in the scooters getting damaged.
Public electric scooters, when treated without care, will not last as long as those that are cared for. Their lifespan is much shorter and what’s more, they look like they’ve done ten rounds with a bull.
By purchasing an e-scooter, you can take care and ride it in a way that ensures it will last you years. You can also choose the style and design that you like, meaning you can ride around in pride on a great looking set of wheels.
3. Charging – There’s No More Juice!
So you’re in a hurry and decide the fastest way to get to where you’re going is to rent a scooter, only to realise that the one you find needs charging. You then have to walk half a mile until you find one with enough juice. My argument here, is why? Why on earth would you run around trying to find a handy scooter when you can just own one.
It’s cheaper, and it’s more convenient! Simple charge your scooter at home and ride it whenever you need to and do so for the whole journey.
Of course, it’s not all bad. There are people who regularly charge the scooters and a lot of the time you would be fine. However, if you are someone who has to commute regularly or have very time-sensitive commitments, it’s just not worth the risk.
4. One Size Does Not Fit All
Number 4 is for me is the biggest con to renting public scooters. I have no shame in saying that I’m not the tallest, nor strongest of humans, so riding these big, bulky and, more importantly, HEAVY scooters is actually quite the challenge.
While it’s true, you mostly stand still and let the scooter do the riding, if you’re a smaller person, kicking off can be a chore and you can often topple before you’ve set off.
There are plenty of electric scooters that are perfectly designed for all shapes and sizes and with so many to choose from, it’s not hard to find one that’s the perfect fit. These public scooters, however, are not quite right for the little guy.
5. Parking, Where?
Whilst for many this one is no big deal, it does fall under one of those little things that just, ever so slightly, becomes annoying over time. When renting electric scooters like Voi, you must be sure to park the scooter in a designated zone. If you attempt to leave the scooter in an area that is not designated, the scooter will not disconnect and will continue to charge you.
That’s fine you say, I’ll just make sure I park it in the right place. Well, what if that right place is is a five-minute walk from your destination? Whilst it may not be far, is it worth paying more for something that doesn’t do the full job?
Many people who use electric scooters for hire are not aware of the laws surrounding them. Electric Scooters should not be ridden on the roads and it is not actually legal to do so. As we have seen over the last few months many people are not aware of this, and therefore users are not riding responsibly.
When purchasing Electric Scooters, retailers like EcoMove will explain the laws regarding Electric Scooters and ensure you know exactly where you can and can not ride them. They will also talk to you about how to ride the scooters safely, with the correct protective equipment and accessories required.
A Great Idea
Here at EcoMove, we support all electric and eco-friendly initiatives and strongly believe that the scooter hiring scheme has fantastic potential. However, there are still areas where improvement and consideration are needed. The idea of renting out scooters should first and foremost be an affordable alternative of transport for its users, but it is still cheaper to use public transport such as buses and also cheaper in the long run to buy.
The electric scooter hiring system also needs to consider the diversity of people who may use them. There should be different sizes, weights and designs. And finally, there should be stricter rules on how people treat the vehicles and people should be made aware of the laws surrounding them. Only then will they be safe and sustainable.
Our wish is that one day soon, governments will back the scheme and invest in making it a safer option for citizens. It offers a fantastic chance for us to reduce carbon, reduce noise pollution, create healthier lifestyles and provide affordable transport to the people of Bristol. Together we can reduce carbon in our streets and make city life safer, more fun and more environmentally friendly.