Could self-balancing scooters be great news for the environment?

Two Wheels Self BalanceSelf-balancing scooters are the futuristic hoverboard type device that we’ve all been waiting for. There is no denying that they are exciting and extremely fun to use, but can they also be beneficial to the environment?

Benefits

Electronically powered

The main benefit that the rising use of self balancing scooters provides to the environment is the fact that they are electronic and powered by batteries. If the use of them became more frequent for short journeys rather than simply for fun then this could dramatically reduce the amount of fuel we consume, which would do wonders for the environment. The use of fuel such as petrol and diesel is one of the main causes of the environmental crisis we are now in. Car manufacturers have already taken on this point and have developed hybrid and fully electronic cars. However, these are extremely expensive and most people could not afford to drive one of the environmentally friendly vehicles. Therefore, if the option was there to use self-balancing scooters for short journeys which would be a lot cheaper, would definitely reduce the amount of traditional car use and in turn help to cut down on fuel consumption.

Single Person Operation

Self-balancing scooters can only be operated by one person at a time. This might seem like an inconvenience if you actually want to use it for travelling purposes as obviously there is no option of carrying a passenger. However, in terms of the environment it could definitely be a benefit. If more people were using self-balancing scooters for travelling purposes, then the roads would be far less congested than they are now. There also would not be as desperate a need to create new and wider roads, the development of which puts a huge strain on the environment. There is also the benefit of easy storage with the scooters. They are essentially not much bigger than a skateboard, so are extremely easy to transport and to store. This would reduce the need for huge parking complexes, driveways and anywhere else developed to store traditional vehicles, which again would limit new construction and help to reduce the consumption of goods which could damage the environment.

Problems

Road Illegality

Even though the benefits of using self balancing scooters on a regular basis would definitely help the environmental problems we are currently suffering. There are some problems with this becoming a reality. At present, it is actually illegal to use one of these scooter on roads, and even on pedestrian walkways. Currently the use of the scooters is only allowed on private land when the land owner’s permission has been obtained. This obviously poses a huge problem, and so many people do not have the opportunity to use their scooter as much as they would like and are forced to use traditional modes of transportation such as personal cars and public transport.

Economic Decline

The motor vehicle industry is huge and provides jobs and financial security for many people. If self-balancing scooters were declared to be road legal and the use of them really took off, then it is likely that we would experience a decline in the amount of cars on the roads. As mentioned previously this would be a huge benefit to the environment, however, economically speaking it would not be such a benefit. Many companies would find that their services are no longer required or that they would need to downsize their operations and re-think their traditional methods. This could result in huge job losses and even bigger profit losses which could potentially kick-start a domino effect that negatively changes the entire economy.