Why Electric Mobility Devices are Critical for Smart Cities?
The Smart city is on the horizon and electric mobility devices are critical for it. But what exactly is a Smart city? Here is the simplest explanation: Smart cities use technology to improve citizen’s life, operating as a big ecosystem, driven by data, collected from the people, vehicles, and buildings. Sustainability is one of the main features of the Smart city. For that reason, they need to use cleaner forms of energy and at the same time reduce traffic congestion.
That is why electric mobility devices such as electric vehicles (EV), e-scooters, electric skateboards, and e-bikes will play a major role in Smart Cities.
EVs are a cleaner alternative to the vehicles with an internal combustion engine, but they are still a part of the traffic congestion problem. But as a part of a carsharing program, they can be a great solution for both issues.
E-mobility devices (such as e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards, etc.) are a much cheaper and affordable option that could contribute to the more extensive transition to Smart sustainable cities.
Every Electric vehicle that is used for carsharing can replace at least 4 privately owned vehicles. When all these cars are away from the road, the traffic jams and air pollution in the most populated cities will be seriously reduced.
EVs are on the rise as they gain support from the administration. City officials are looking to promote “green” transportation solutions. They offer such benefits as lower taxes and free charging stations.
Electric skateboards such as Linky Innovation are another alternative to cars. They’ve become very popular recently. Here are some of their benefits:
- They are stable and maneuverable.
- There are foldable electric skateboards. When you are done using it, you could just fold the skateboard and put it in your backpack.
- Large range – 6 – 12 miles.
- Tops speed – up to 22 mph.
- You can carry it with you while using public or air transportation.
This option is a little unorthodox, but it is really efficient. It provides a fast way for people to get from point A to point B. It will not only help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution, but it is also very fun to use.
Electric scooters are also improving city energy efficiency. Their conventional cousins have been a part of the city environment for decades. There are easy to navigate through traffic, quiet, easy and cheap to maintain. Here are some specs:
- Range – 30-40 miles per charge.
- Max speed – up to 20 mph.
There are also e-scooters sharing programs. You can use one, without owning it.
Electric bikes are commonly used in Western Europe and Asia as commuting devices. They replace millions of cars from the roads of cities every year. Electric bicycles help commuters save money and time (due to avoiding traffic). When the commuter needs to rest, he can just switch to the electric motor. E-bikes are allowed in public transportation. With a range of 30-50 miles from one battery charge and a top speed of up to 30 mph, electric bikes are a great alternative to traditional transportation.
E-mobility devices provide a unique approach to achieving the goal of transitioning toward cleaner energy sources and reduced traffic jams. Especially when used in some sort of sharing schemes, they can largely contribute to a substantial decrease in the vehicles on the road.
With the necessary infrastructure, Smart cities will encourage citizens to join the “smart” revolution, which will make cities more sustainable and promote a better quality of life.