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.
Made Public Date
02/24/2020
Identifier
2020-B01440
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Findings
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 Type Distances 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 Vehicle 3 - $185.10 18.90 lbs 4,100
    Electric Vehicle 17 $53,000 $78.87 2.25 lbs 4,072
    E-Scooter 333 $499 $2.93 0.3 lbs 28
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