5 electric scooter myths you’ve probably heard but shouldn’t believe

February 10, 2021

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Electric scooters are a hot topic right now so questions about them do frequently arise. Are they really that green? Can they be recycled? Are electric scooters bad for the environment? We’ve gathered the most common myths about e-scooters and will put the worries to rest once and for all.

Electric scooter myth #1: E-scooters aren’t built to last

The lifetime of an e-scooter depends on the quality of the product and how often and properly it is maintained.

Bolt’s custom-built scooters are strong yet environmentally friendly — built from 100% recyclable aluminium — and thanks to their modular design which makes repair work easy and quick, the lifespan of Bolt scooters exceeds 60 months of regular use next to an average of one year.

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To put that into perspective, in 60 months you can:

  • Fly from Singapore to New York more than 2,400 times;
  • Rocket yourself to the Moon and back at least 300 times;
  • Sail over the Atlantic ocean 60 times.

So, there you have it — electric scooters can be durable, friendly and built to last. You just need to pick the right one!

Electric scooter myth #2: E-scooters clutter the city streets

At Bolt, we believe that everything comes down to proper education. We’re committed to making sure our riders are informed about how to park e-scooters responsibly and safely. To do so, we launched an app called the Safety Toolkit.

The Safety Toolkit is a way to encourage all Bolt scooter and e-bike users to be more responsible for their own safety, the environment around them, and their fellow citizens. This feature includes the following elements:

  • Beginner Mode: which limits the maximum speed and teaches riders how to ride.
  • How to ride: a short guide for beginners explaining the basics about riding a scooter.
  • Safety tips: reminders about safe riding and responsible parking.
  • Local rules: information related to local micromobility regulations.

In addition, we’re in constant communication with local governments to establish the best practices for the use of electric scooters and e-bikes in our cities.

You can help, too! If you see a scooter that’s badly parked, please let us know. Together, we can make sure our cities are both green and clean!

Electric scooter myth #3: E-scooters are bad for the environment

First, let’s talk about production. Most scooter operators buy the scooters they put on the street from a third-party and, therefore, have no control over the way they are put together or what materials are being used.

To be completely honest, at the beginning of our scooter days, we did the same. But pretty quickly we understood that this wasn’t the Bolt way. So, we brought in an in-house scooter design and hardware team to control every step of the process.

This way we can be sure that our scooters are recyclable (yes, including the battery!) and our operations are climate positive.

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Still, the main problem here actually is how scooters are used. Scientists predict that the lifespan of the average scooter is close to one year. This is where our in-house scooter team came into play again. Now we’re producing durable, environmentally friendly and safe electric scooters that last up to 60 months. Talk about an upgrade.

Additionally, in the near future, we’re aiming to switch all the vehicles that are used for scooter-related logistics (the drop-offs and pick-ups) to more environmentally friendly modes, e.g. fully-electric/manually pedalled vehicles.

Electric scooter myth #4: E-scooters aren’t safe

People whooshing around at 20 km/h on two wheels is something relatively new to us and, let’s be honest, resistance to something unfamiliar is only human. So, how to normalise it and remove the fear?

Again, as with keeping our surroundings and city environments clean through parking electric scooters properly, it all comes down to education. And proper legislation, of course.

For the latter, we’re actively engaging with local governments to ensure the best outcome for everyone.

In terms of education, each Bolt scooter rider has access to a Safety Toolkit giving them tips on responsible riding. Additionally, road safety lessons should increasingly include micromobility topics in the near future.

In addition to educating riders and working together with legislators, we also develop our scooters with safety in mind.

Our freshest electric scooter model, the Bolt 4, is packed with innovative features and constructed with stability in mind to ensure the safest riding experience possible.

Our fourth-gen e-scooter is the first on the market that uses sensors to detect accidents, falls, sharp braking, and unsafe riding patterns. These sensors can trigger audio and visual warnings for riders and notify our operations team of any problems that may happen.

Electric scooter myth #5: Shared e-scooters are expensive to ride

The aim of Bolt’s scooter operations is to make greener and more affordable means of transportation available for everyone. To illustrate this and debunk the myth of scooter rides being expensive, we’ll just give you some examples. Here are some numbers from our scooter fleets in the Baltics.

In Tallinn, Estonia, the average Bolt car ride costs €4.86. Whereas the average scooter ride is just €1.20. In Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, the numbers are €3.91 for a Bolt ride and €1.54 for an average scooter trip.

Expensive? Most definitely not, we say.

Need to go somewhere? Take a Bolt scooter!

If this article got you in the mood for a scooter ride around town and you wish to do it the safe, green, affordable way — all you need to do is download the Bolt app and get going! Happy scooting!

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