17 Reasons why Electric bicycle shopping is NO fun. And how I found what I was looking for…

The electric bycicle (e-bike) market keeps growing at progressive rates and is a bonanza for manufacturers and retailers alike. Most brands can’t produce fast enough and the media is full of praise about the technology development, the eco-side of things and of course the profits earned. At some point, the excitement caught on with me, […]

First street-legal e-scooter in Germany

Looks like the first street-legal e-scooter just made it’s appearance in Germany… (20km/h, insurance sticker, age minimum 15, “moped” driver license required, helmet not mandatory…) A promising concept, but probaly not a game changer at EUR 2000. Respect for the initiative, well done, Metz. #escooter #micromobility #metz  

Micro Mobility / Last Mile transportation

20 years ago, I made my choice for “last mile transportation” bought a longboard (skate) and learned how to ride it.I never saw the need to park close to the office or home – and despise people who drive loops on the shopping centre parking until they found a spot close to the entrance.

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Elon Musk says electric scooters lack dignity, but truly sustainable mobility will require more than Tesla

accidents / e-scooters

And still… hardly anyone talks about the risks for the user. These little zippers go flat out as fast as I can go on my mountainbike – on 20cm toy wheels, without proper brakes and with (mostly) untrained, office type people 😉 at the handlebars.

toys… those scooters have a lifespan of just 30-90 days

“The companies began operating before a suitably robust industrial scooter existed, so they all used the same consumer models from companies like Xiaomi and Ninebot. According to some industry experts, those scooters have a lifespan of just 30-90 days before being broken beyond repair from nearly constant commercial misuse. Both Bird and Lime are working on their own industrial strength scooters, but neither has rolled them out to the public yet. “

BMW e-scooter

e-scooter sharing was one of the biggest business surprises of 2018 – and keeps promising huge profits. The first hype is gone and the news start filling up with accident reports. It was just a question of time until the public realized that the hardware was just “toy-grade”, mostly provided by one single manufacturer in […]