At first glance, the notion that electric scooters are not as environmentally friendly as other means of transportation may be strange. It is true that they do not emit greenhouse gases, nor do they increase congestion. But according to a study published last week at North Carolina State University, the problem is in the manufacturing process.
Research suggests that the materials needed to make the frame, wheels, and battery, as well as companies' efforts at the end of each day to load, scoop, and return them to the streets, have a significant impact when driving. dealt with greenhouse gas emissions.
"Companies say electric scooters are environmentally friendly and potentially carbon-free," said study author Joe Hollingsworth, quoted by The Guardian. "What we found is that while they may have zero exhaust emissions, there are definitely upstream and downstream processes that definitely do not make the processes carbon free," he explains.
The study showed that cycling and riding were almost always less harmful to an environment than an electric scooter. If public transport had a large number of passengers, it would be more favorable to choose this mode of transport than a scooter.