Congestion, pollution, bumper-to-bumper traffic and nowhere to park … . The nightmare commute for most car drivers is pushing cities to contemplate new solutions and one of the answers could be the e-scooter.
In Paris, three ride-sharing companies have launched e-scooter services in a matter of months, the most recent being Taxify last week. The Estonian ride-sharing company has integrated the scooter sharing service into its mobile app and is reportedly planning to do the same in other major European towns.
Paris was the one of the first cities to introduce the concept of ride-sharing with the launch of Velib’ in 2007, which was initially for bicycles. It proved to be immensely popular at the time but has since shut down and new competitors have entered the game with a plethora of varied ride-sharing services.
According to press reports, Velib’ plans to launch again by the end of the year but with a 30% offering of electric bikes.
Another electric option, Autolib’, based on the concept of sharing electric cars, had to shut down because it was too expensive to run. Studies demonstrated that people did not use the service to replace their existing car. It is likely that the downsides of commuting with a car in a big city, whether electric or not, contributed to the service’s demise.
Food for thought, as other big cities look at ways of reducing pollution and easing congestion. It would seem that while electric is good, smaller is better for getting from A to point B in today’s megapolises.
The IEC has been preparing for the electric vehicle future—whatever the chosen mode of transport —by publishing a number of Standards. Several of these deal with charging and batteries.
For instance, IEC 62660-1, which specifies the ways of testing lithium-ion batteries for the propulsion of electric road vehicles. The Standard, the new version of which is about to be released, is prepared by Technical Committee (TC) 21.