Every year, US cars and light trucks are driven more than 2.6 trillion miles, the equivalent of 10 million trips from the Earth to the Moon. In the process, the average car consumes more than 600 gallons of gas and puts more than 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide into the air.
This is not only harmful to the environment, it is also expensive, and a growing number of drivers are seeking alternatives to the automobile for short trips. One of the most popular alternatives to the automobile is the electric scooter.
In most states, electric scooters can legally go anywhere that bicycles can go. Generally, a helmet is required by law, but in some regions electric scooters do not require insurance or even a driver’s license to operate! The modern generation of scooters typically runs anywhere from 30-50 miles on a single battery charge and can be recharged in as little as an hour. Electric scooters significantly reduce carbon emissions from transportation, and if they are charged using electricity produced by wind or solar power, they can eliminate emissions entirely, as well as saving money on gas bills, reducing wear and tear to automobiles, reducing congestion on roads, and many other benefits.
Types of Electric Scooter Businesses
Electric scooters offer several great business opportunities for eco-minded entrepreneurs:
- Electric scooter sales. More than one third of all Americans say they would consider or strongly consider using an electric scooter. Sales of electric scooters more than tripled between 1998 and 2004 and have continued to grow.
- Electric scooter rentals. Electric scooter rentals are already growing in popularity on college campuses, around tourist attractions, and in downtown areas, and their popularity is likely to ocntinue to climb.
- Electric scooter servicing and parts. As the number of electric scooters in the US continues to grow, there will be growing demand for service and parts.
- Electric scooter power stations. In the future, electric scooter recharging stations might become a common sight in urban areas so commuters can have a place safe from theft to lock up their scooters and recharge them while they work.
In addition to electric scooters, electric scooter stores or rentals could sell, rent, and service electric mobility scooters, electric bikes, electric mopeds, electric motorcycles, and more.
The exact combination of vehicles and services your business offers will depend on many factors, including local laws, local markets, and your own personal preferences.
Three Electric Scooter Businesses On the Road To Success
Electro Ride Bikes and Scooters has been serving the San Francisco Bay area since 1996. Electro Ride offers a wide range of electric vehicles, including scooters, bicycles, tricycles, golf carts, and more. In addition to local sales, Electro Ride’s website Electric-Bikes.com offers one of the most informative resources for first-time electric vehicle buyers on the web.
Eco Scooter is an electric scooter rental service for tourists and sightseers in Parksville, on Vancouver Island, in Canada. Eco Scooter offers both electric and biodiesel scooters for rental in increments of up to eight hours. In addition to rentals, Eco Scooter is a local retailer for 500w electric scooters, and offers full assembly and pre-delivery inspection.
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