Ten years ago, electric vehicles were a rare sight, but today, you see them on roadways all across the country. Advancements in battery technology have led to smaller, even more efficient batteries, which has opened the door to new forms of electric transportation, or e-transportation. Let’s take a look at some of today’s novel modes of e-transportation.
One of the newer forms of electric transportation is the electric scooter. They’re relatively easy to use, inexpensive and some versions are even foldable, making it compact and easy to carry and store. There are also several electric scooter rental companies that offer their services in many major cities, making it especially easy to find a nearby scooter to use for a limited time. However, something to consider is that electric scooters’ small wheels are only meant to be ridden on paved surfaces like sidewalks. Electric scooters’ limited range and speed also make them unsuitable for long distance travel.
Another newer form of electric transportation is the electric bicycle. These modern versions of the familiar bicycle offer the same ease of use while requiring much less physical exertion. Travelers can ride longer distances without being as fatigued and they can be parked easily at bike racks.
Some of these electric forms of transportation can be used for recreation in addition to everyday use. For example, the electric skateboard has additional power that a normal skateboard does not have, and the user can still perform tricks while riding it. Another example are electric roller skates which are just as entertaining as normal roller skates, and users can maintain fast speeds without the effort. While these electric modes of transportation are fun, their faster speeds can also make them more dangerous, which makes wearing helmets and knee pads especially important.
For those looking for more exciting forms of e-transportation, there are many innovative options being developed. One of these is the electric unicycle, which is a self-balancing device. You can speed up and slow down the device by simply leaning forward or backward. The electric unicycle is easy to store or carry around and, because of its large wheel, it can drive on a variety of terrain like grass, gravel, curbs and potholes. The major drawback is that it’s relatively difficult to learn how to ride the electric unicycle, so be prepared to spend a few hours just to learn how it works.
For even faster speeds, there is the electric motorcycle. This mode of transportation has many benefits when compared to gas-powered motorcycles, such as increased performance, less maintenance and lower fuel costs. Although, a couple of major differences between the electric and gas-powered motorcycles is that electric motorcycles cannot drive as far and are much quieter, which may be less appealing for long-distance road trips.
Since these technologies are relatively new and more complex, price tags for all of these modes of transportation will be higher than their conventional counterparts. Each mode includes a variety of features, so it’s important to consider all options. Before purchasing any of these newer forms of e-transportation, make sure you research to find the mode of transportation that best matches your needs.