The mere fact that I am writing an article for a global audience from a computer is a testament to some of the technological leaps made within this remarkable period. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, we’ve made strides in medicine, communications, aeronautics, engineering, energy, transportation, you name it.
As with all things imaginable, there are advantages and pitfalls associated with progress. As the world has gets richer and the standard of living of people continues to rise coupled with drops in the prices of vehicles, it’s no wonder that city dwellers can’t seem to get to their destinations on time.
Traffic congestion has become an inescapable reality, one that seems to be plaguing all metropolitan areas around the world.
As income levels rise, the number of cars on the street seems to be multiplying faster than bunnies. Correct me if I am wrong, but, it does feel a bit ludicrous doesn’t it. All the while, physical space simply isn’t growing fast enough to keep pace with it.
Rise of the Electric Vehicle
The technological advancements in the storage of electrical energy have literally opened a Pandora’s Box of opportunities/problems. The problem of how to electrify everything we’re created so far. We’re a funny bunch aren’t we?
Needless to say, we now have electric vehicles which have far greater implications for our future than just congestion but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Recently we’ve noticed a new trend, an exciting trend of electric vehicles zipping through the hellish streets of major urban centers. And, it makes absolute sense. Not only is it economical, but it instantly solves most of our issues of mobility and traffic congestion.
This amazing new trend isn’t merely exclusive to some parts of the world; rather, it’s a globalized trend that seems to transcend the general boundaries of culture. It’s a truly transformative trend, one that certainly has the potential to shape our views on urban transport and the way our cities look in the future.
The Technological Implications
In the most basic of terms, e-scooters are a hybrid between a bicycle and a motorcycle. As the name suggests, they are powered by electricity and are connected to lithium ion batteries or nickel-cadmium batteries, the same technology fueling the greater revolution in electric vehicles. These new e-scooters for daily use are chargeable and as the adoption of electric vehicles grows the number of charging stations are also proliferating.
Now, e-scooters may not be power enough for long-distance commuting or travelling on the highways, but then again, they weren’t exactly meant for such purposes is the first place. These vehicles help to cut down on the costs of transportation and help clear up the congested roads and radically cut our time spent on the roads. What more could we possibly want?