Electric scooters are setting the trend for city commuting. Coming to the foreground in America and most recently gaining further ground in Europe, the electric scooter craze continues to grow.
With the on-going developments of scooters popping up across the states of America, I wanted to understand the financial impact that these life size gadgets could have on the average commuter.
I conducted extensive research to reveal how much money the average worker, across 49 metros in the United States, could save if they commuted by scooter instead of driving.
All over America, commuters are paying hundreds of dollars commuting to work but, with electric scooter technologies, these costs could be dramatically reduced.
In fact, I was able to uncover that commuters in Los Angeles could save over $1,000 each year if they were to commute to work on an electric scooter as opposed to driving, This is the largest saving across all 49 metros in the study and equates to an annual fuel cost saving of 72%.
Although Los Angeles commuters could save the largest amount, commuters in Seattle benefit from the largest proportion of fuel cost savings, equating to an astonishing 83% – thanks to the lower kilowatt-hour cost used to charge the scooter.
Interestingly, 96% of the cities included in the study could see their commuters save over 50% in fuel costs if they rode to and from work on an electric scooter instead of driving.
These insights show how the growing popularity of personal transportation devices can have a direct, and significant, money-saving impact on our wallets.
My study compares fuel (gasoline) against charging (kWh) costs to uncover the money-saving benefits of electric scooters over cars but, the savings could be exponentially higher if the cost of buying a car, insuring it and general maintenance were included.
Take a look at the full results below to see how much you could save:
- U.S. Energy Information Administration – Form EIA-861M (formerly EIA-826), Monthly Electric Power Industry Report 2019
- United States Environmental Protection Agency – Automotive Trends Report 2018
- American Automobile Association – Regular Gas Prices by Metro 2019
- Numbeo – Traffic Index by Metro 2019