It's been just under a week, and I am still very happy about having my electric scooter!
The electric system is what I appreciate most. Ever since reading the biography of Elon Musk, I was convinced he was a visionary, and having a better understanding of Tesla's design, innovation, the company and the man behind the show -- I simply could not really appreciate internal combustion cars as much thereafter. A requirement, if I was the purchase a car, would be that it's electric only! As a result, I figured I should apply the concept to my scooter purchase -- and purchased an electric scooter. It wasn't something I had to consider consciously as I already had multiple reasons to make the purchase:
1. I'd estimated less than 5% of the scooters I've seen were gas powered, and I believe this speaks volumes based on free market decisions
2. Gas scooters are noisy, I like whisking around quietly
3. Substantially less parts to maintain, or which could be damaged, and simply less overall
4. It's electric vs mechanical in my eyes. Electronics, in general, appeal to me more
5. I hope one day small solar panels will be efficient enough to handle charging an electric scooter as it drives - providing nearly unlimited renewable transportation fuel
6. Making this purchase, in my eyes, is best how I can contribute in the market of demanding innovation on electric scooters. This also puts my money where my mouth is when I say I will take part in helping to shape our world and make it better for ourselves and those after us.
Going forward, I'll continue to rely on my scooter for transportation except renting an electric vehicle for major hauls, or purchasing a Tesla if I was settling down somewhere and could comfortably afford one. (Side rant: Tesla should make a scooter!!!)
It's so nice driving around and not needing to pop into a gas station to refuel, or worry about oil changes, hearing the noise, feeling the vibration, causing all the smoke and being susceptible to gasoline prices.
I haven't inquired if the scooters include regenerative breaking (at least on high end models), as this could extend the range quite far! Using electric systems also represents a paradigm shift because electricity can be created from numerous methods and operates on a perpetual cycle. Whereby, internal combustion simply consumes constantly without wane. It's obvious, right?! Sustainable makes so much sense if you add 'self' in front of it! We've already seen major advancements within the field, and the timing couldn't be better as such a revolution is needed from an environmental standpoint. The timing is also perfect from a technological point as we are exploding in new discoveries daily thanks to the rapid advancement of technology, and computing power which assist in such dramatic progression.
With the rise of technology, keen interest in sustainable energy sources by the Gen Y and Internet access, we have been empowered to learn, create and share such advancements! We must strive forward while celebrating our participation of such a revolution! I hope we can move this paradigm shift forward and build a more sustainable future for ourselves and children!