Why Choose Electric ?
At Green Choice Moto we believe that consumers have a choice when it comes to personal transportation so why choose electric ? They can choose to purchase a traditional vehicle, either a gas powered car, new or used, or a gas powered motorcycle or scooter; or they can choose to purchase a light electric vehicle (LEV) such as an electric scooter. The choice is theirs but the consequences from that choice are considerable.
First consider the personal economic impact from choosing a gasoline powered vehicle:
Initial purchasing costs are higher since a gas powered vehicle is more complicated, heavier, requires more raw materials and more engineering and fabrication.
Operating costs are much higher since a gas powered vehicle requires a continuous supply of increasingly costly fuel, higher routine maintenance costs owing to a much more complicated machinery and much higher repair costs owing to more parts that are moving, sliding, rubbing and slamming against each other in an internal combustion engine.
Overhead costs that are higher since gas powered vehicles require registration, driver’s license, plate, insurance and parking. In contrast, the economic consequences from choosing an electric scooter are much better for the consumer:
Initial purchasing costs are lower owing to the simplicity of the product.
Operating costs are much lower mainly due to the simplicity and much greater efficiency of an electric motor and associated components. For example it only takes about 8 cents to go 55-70 km (equivalent to 1500 – 2000 MPG) with most of our electric scooters. *(Based on FULL single Charge and The City of Toronto’s Current Electric Prices). There is virtually no routine maintenance for electric scooters and repairs are simpler to carry out.
Overhead costs are virtually nonexistent since our electric scooters do not require registration, driver’s license, plate, insurance or parking.
The environmental impact from choosing a gas powered vehicle is even more dramatic:
A gas powered engine is much less efficient than an equivalent (in power) electric motor. A gasoline powered engine only uses 15%-20% of the energy contained in the fuel to produce useful work (propel the vehicle and its occupants). The rest of the energy (85-80%) is lost in producing a lot of wasted heat (that comes out through the exhaust and the vehicle’s cooling system). In contrast, the electric motor in our electric scooters is 90% efficient (all electric motors are 85%-90% efficient) which means that 90% of the energy supplied to the motor will be used to propel the vehicle and only a small fraction of the supplied energy (10%) will be wasted as heat.
This is arguably the “best kept secret” from the American public and consumers by the large fuel companies and gas engine manufacturers. This fact alone can make a dramatic difference both to the environment and to the “pockets” of individual consumers.
The chemical interaction between oxygen and hydrocarbon fuels in a gas powered engine produces a lot of green house gas (CO2) that adds to global warming. In 2008, over 1.9 billion metric tons of CO2 was produced from the transportation sector.
Other pollutants from exhaust gases include: nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon particles, etc. The negative environmental and human health impact of such pollution is enormous to say the least.
If you choose a car (rather than a gas powered scooter) you will be moving with you 3000-4000 lbs of metal and plastic. Besides the extra fuel that you have to burn to move around that much mass, it also takes a lot more resources and pollution to the environment to produce and fabricate that much mass.
A gas powered vehicle will accelerate faster and reach greater speeds between stops. However, acceleration requires a lot of energy and energy requirements are proportional to the square of the speed of any vehicle. This means that if you double your speed between stops you would require more than four times the energy for a given distance.
All that extra energy will just heat up the surrounding air and wear out your brakes faster. The irony is that in city driving having more power and being able to accelerate faster and reaching higher speeds does not necessarily translate in getting “there” faster.
Especially during rush hour’s heavy traffic which is the more likely time to be on the road. Greater acceleration and higher speeds means greater braking and more frequent stops. An electric scooter although slower, in terms of top speed, will make fewer stops (thus conserving energy) and will be able to keep moving on the right of the road (or even better, on the bike lane) and beat the slow moving cars.
All in all, during heavy traffic, an electric scooter can be faster from point to point and if not, the difference would be negligible. In trials that we have conducted, even in completely empty typical city streets, in an average trip of about seven miles, the electric scooter would complete the trip one minute longer than a typical car.
A gas powered car, even a compact one, has a much larger frontal area and overall volume. When it moves it needs to constantly displace a much larger volume of air. Surprisingly most people don’t realize that this is where most of the energy is needed in moving a vehicle through the air. It is the displacement of air and the friction (drag) between the air and the vehicle that requires most of the energy to keep a vehicle moving.
When taken together, the greater efficiency of an electric motor that does not produce much heat, the much smaller weight, the lower speed and smaller volume of an electric scooter compared to an average size car with one occupant for the same distance, the electric scooter can be over 100 times more efficient in energy use.
Even compared to a city bus with an average load of 30 people inside, our electric scooter can be over 10 times more energy efficient for each passenger. In conclusion, there is no question that in a world of diminishing fossil fuel resources, increasing environmental pollution with incalculable consequences for life on this planet, and an ever increasing price tag for fuel, the future is for smaller lighter vehicles that use an electric motor.
The Future is ELECTRIC!