E-scooters have accumulated over 300 million trips globally in two years.
E-scooters have accumulated over 300 million trips globally in two years.
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Micromobility VOI and EY release report assessing the life cycle of e-scooters

Author / Editor: Erika Granath / Erika Granath

In the span of the last two years, e-scooters have evolved from a gadget to a method of transportation with a significant impact on people in cities' daily commute. A new report on micromobility by EY and the e-scooter company VOI is said to provide a case study of how e-scooters are being used in European cities, and how their adoption rates are impacting city life.

As e-scooters are banned from sidewalks in Paris, and the city if Barcelona has prohibited the use of shared e-scooters completely, the question of whether e-scooters are a great addition to cities' current mobility mix is up-to-the-minute.

Now, the Swedish shared mobility company VOI allowed Ernst & Young Global Limited (EY) access to its date to produce what is said to be the first-ever Life Cycle Assessment of an e-scooter in use in a major European city. The report Micromobility: Moving Cities into a Sustainable Future sets out to asses the potential contribution of e-scooters to urban mobility and decarbonization.

If you're curious to learn more about the key principles of micromobility and the micromobility market's current state of play, have a look at our recent article covering these topics.

According to the report:

  • E-scooters with swappable batteries, such as VOI's Voiager 3 produce 34,7 g CO2 equivalents per person per kilometer, which is on par with many public transport options
  • The average emission level of new cars in the EU is 120.4g CO2/km
  • VOI's model with a swappable battery is expected to have a 24-month lifespan
  • E-scooters have accumulated over 300 million trips globally in two years
  • E-scooter adoption rates in Europe are four times faster than those of e-bike sharing schemes
  • There are over 20 million users of e-scooters across Europe
  • Since launched in California in September 2017, e-scooters have reached 626 cities across 53 countries
Micromobility is a category of modes of transport that are provided by very light vehicles such as electric scooters, electric skateboards, shared bicycles and electric pedal assisted, pedelec, bicycles.


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Fredrik Hjelm, CEO and co-founder, Voi Technology, said: "Fundamental to Voi's mission has been our belief that e-scooters and micromobility can transform the way that people live, work and move through cities. We are delighted to see that EY also recognises the huge benefits that e-scooters could bring to cities and their potential to transform mobility options.

"In particular we are proud that our efforts to reduce emissions from our Paris operations have demonstrated that e-scooters can be just as sustainable an option as public transport, and produce a fraction of the emissions of new cars. Using insight from real-world data and interviews with city officials, this report shows how e-scooters are making the biggest impact, and where work still needs to be done.

"We're under no illusion that e-scooters are the silver bullet when it comes to sustainable cities. Nevertheless, the improvements we have made to our fleet and the supply chain are already shifting the dial. We very much welcome the report's conclusion that e-scooters offer unprecedented potential but only when there are clear regulations that foster responsible and sustainable behavior."

John Simlett, EY's Global Future of Mobility Leader, added: "Micromobility is here to stay, reducing emissions as well as relieving pressure on public transport systems, but cities and providers need to work together to seize this opportunity.

"In order to ensure that it takes its rightful place in the urban mobility ecosystem of tomorrow, the next phase of development in micromobility needs to be handled in a more collaborative, integrated and responsible way. This will require clear regulations on responsible and sustainable use, and increasing public access to micromobility infrastructure."