A few months ago I went to a seminar on reaching zero emission. Sadly, that may never come true as we are highly dependent on fossil fuel. But that doesn’t mean that we do not have to pitch in when it comes to lowering our own carbon footprint.
That’s why I chose to sell my car and invest some of that money into a more planet-friendly solution, an electric scooter.
Why an electric scooter
There are many reasons to why I wanted to go with the two-wheeled option for my daily commute, instead of buying an electric car or any other electric ride for that matter.
Sure, I did have a hard time making up my mind about what to pick. But eventually, it came down to a few things that made the scale tip in favor of an electric powered scooter.
- Electric scooters are far superior to other electric rides when it comes to performance and durability.
- There are models for people of all ages, adults, seniors and there are even electric scooters for kids.
- I was not interested in getting an electric bike for a number of reasons.
- The comfort of riding one was much better, and it seemed like the most versatile option out there when it comes to handling various terrain.
- Plenty of models with good feedback to choose from within my budget which for the record was £1500.
- I wanted comfort so getting something with a firm and well-padded seat was just what I needed. I did look at a few electric skateboards. But sitting down on those would probably not be my cup of tea when it comes to comfort.
Apart from all those things above I felt that the technique used in these have come further at this time than any of the other personal transportation devices out there.
My new ride
After getting a headache reading through a bunch of reviews and information on which type of transportation might be the best solution for my needs. I finally found something of interest.
Since I was swapping out my car I felt like investing at least a 10th of what I got from the sale into a new electric scooter. Doing this I force myself into buying something more expensive which would hopefully be able to handle my everyday tasks.
Reading up on all these models quickly got me realizing that the Xiaomi scooter wouldn’t make the cut. So now I was only down to two different models. To make it easy for me I read up on the distance and speed on both models and how well they held true to what the specifics promise. The Q1 had much better comfort and overall seemed to be the better choice out of the two.
Checking up on its performance and various features got me sold and I eventually ordered the Qiewa Q1 after.
How it is to ride
It might have taken me a few weeks before I actually threw myself out there and made the order. But boy, do I regret not doing this earlier. My daily commute from home to the university takes even less time with the scooter compared to taking the car.
You know how much traffic it is around 4-5 PM when everyone just wants to get home from work. Well, I don’t have to be bothered with that anymore. I ride past the traffic jams, I slow down and just head on over to the bike lane if that route is faster. And I do all of this while comfortably seated. It handles rough roads like nothing and I have a hard time not taking it with me wherever I want to go.
The combination with a padded seat, inflatable tires, and a double suspension system make riding the Q1 very smooth. It goes up to 40 mph and has a maximum driving distance per charge of 40 miles. However, I have yet only reached about 34 mph and that is fast enough for someone of my weight. Also, I would estimate that I can get around 25-30 miles on a single charge was taken into account my weight and riding style.
Do I recommend others to do the same
I highly urge you to consider switching over to an electric vehicle of some sort. Whether it be a car or any other sort of electric transportation doesn’t matter. What matters is the fact that you lower your own air pollution. The fact that this new way of transport is much more fun is just a side perk. Or was it the other way around!
Yeah, saving the planet has and will probably never be this fun. Swoosh through traffic without having to worry about getting stuck in it. I ride past mopeds that cannot reach the same speed as me on my way to work every day.
How could you want a moped when an electric scooter is cheaper to buy, more cost-effective in the long run, it is smaller so you can easily park it in the hallway just like a regular bicycle.
Overall I highly recommend anyone reading this to consider buying an electric scooter. You get hours of fun out of it and you cut the time and costs off your daily commute in half.