Top 3 Innovative New Transport Solutions
As our technological capabilities as a species continue to grow every year, transportation has taken a front row seat in attracting new innovations. Although much of the world still uses traditional means of transport: bikes, cars, trains and boats, there is an increasingly large number of new vehicles that can help people get from A to B.
Whether it be because of environmental concerns, cost effectiveness, convenience or even just to look cool, many people are choosing battery-powered personal mobility devices as their daily ride.
In most cases, e-bikes are just regular bikes with a battery and motor fitted somewhere on the chassis. E-bikes allow their riders to drive on both bike paths and roads, oftentimes greatly reducing commute time and cutting through traffic.
E-bikes also have the added advantage of functioning just like a real bike, making them useful for people who want to sometimes exercise and sometimes just cruise. They also continue functioning as normal when the battery is dead, and are quickly replacing regular bikes in places such as China and parts of Europe.
The major downside is that e-bikes require charging, meaning the entire bike must be parked somewhere close to a charger (oftentimes outside) and therefore, they are prone to theft. With premium models reaching upwards of five thousand dollars and protected by regular bike-locks, parking outside on the street can be very risky for e-bike owners.
Similar to e-bikes in that the rider is seated, mopeds have been especially popular in Asia for the past few decades. In being a lot bulkier than e-bikes, mopeds are much more difficult to steal, but also requiring keeping outside or in a garage as they are not easily transported.
Mopeds come in a variety of sizes, shapes and functionality, many even allowing for owners to remove battery packs and charge indoors. The convenience and ease of driving makes mopeds a real alternative to motorcycles as they allow for more intricate driving and are especially useful in short journeys.
In some parts of the world, however, electric mopeds are regulated as motorcycles. This means a license is often required in order to drive them on the road, and they are also not suitable for all roads. This legal framework in some jurisdictions turns many potential riders away and results in less awareness of this means of transport and less moped-friendly roads.
Made possible by advances in battery technology in recent years, e-scooters are one of the fastest growing products in the new mobility space. With a simple design of two-wheels, a vertical shaft and a deck, riders stand on the e-scooter and use the throttle attached to a handlebar to propel them forwards.
Although first-time riders may feel a little unstable, the learning curve is actually quite reasonable. Perfect for short rides, the e-scooter’s greatest advantage lies in its portability. Able to folded, carried and stored, the e-scooter is a perfect addition to a commute or short journey. Also, as they are easy to be carried, e-scooters do not have to be charged outdoors like e-bikes and mopeds; they can be brought inside to charge at home or the office.
Depending on the brand and function of the e-scooter, prices can range from between $400-2000. This proves to be much cheaper than an e-bike or a moped, yet with the same usefulness in getting from A to B, and the peace of mind that comes with being able to lock, store and charge in a safe location.