Electric scooter companies like touting their green credentials, which often remind motorists that every two-wheeler they take can help reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change – but the truth is far more complicated. A new study from North Carolina State University found that e-scooters, like the Xiaomi M365 scooter, maybe more environmentally friendly than most cars, but they can be less green than some other options, such as bicycles, walking, and certain modes of public transportation.
Drivers tend to think they are making the right move by jumping on a scooter that is free of electricity and thus carbon-free. But what they don’t see is all the emissions produced by manufacturing, transportation, maintenance, and maintenance of scooters without docks.
“If you only think of the life cycle segments that you can see, which will stand on a scooter where there is no exhaust pipe, it’s easy to make that assumption,” said J. Johnson, an associate professor of civil engineering, construction, and environment at NC State. “But if you take a step back, you can see all the other things that are somewhat hidden in the process.”