It’s simply a reality in the form of many thousands of public share e-kickscooters and e-bikes – and it could just be the first wave of transport innovations in cities across the world.
And at the forefront of the micromobility transport revolution are large corporations, many from the high-tech business arena.
You might expect auto makers to be at the forefront; for example Ford-sponsored share e-bikes appeared in San Francisco early in the year, demonstrating just how keen auto manufacturers are to move into new areas of electric transport in all its forms.
Part 1 – E-Kickscooters, Powered Cycles, & Speed Pedelecs
E-bikes have seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years so that many more people are aware of what they are and how they can work.
In summary they have all the advantages of a regular bicycle with the added power of a relatively small but very effective motor whose power output and maximum assist speed are limited by law.
But in fact there are many more designs of vehicle out there that are (legally speaking) classed as e-bikes but frequent interesting but often very specific niches or perhaps vehicles that are not e-bikes legally speaking but borrow many of the elements of their design i.e. small but powerful motors and lightweight lithium batteries.
These are many and varied, from the relatively well-known e-kickscooters and speed pedelecs to emerging classes of vehicles such as e-micro-cars and quadricycles that have the potential to radically change the transport scene in our towns and cities.