The boom in e-scooter rentals - are they worth it?

The boom in e-scooter rentals - are they worth it?

Suddenly seen a boom in the number of electric scooters on the street and wondered where they've all popped up from?

You might be thinking you missed some memo (and, you might be near the truth there). New legislation has come into force allowing rental scooter trials across the UK. Locations include: Milton Keynes, Cambridge, and most recently, Essex. 

But what does this mean for you?

Well, you can hop on and try out a scooter for yourself without the upfront cost.

But are there any downsides to a rental scooter?

It's hotly debated, but we think so, yes. 

Sustainability is questionable

Despite the fact that switching from typical transport methods to e-scooters reduces the carbon footprint per journey, rental scooters are typically only last 28 days before being replaced. Sustainable? We think not.

They aren't necessarily the most safe. (and, as we alway say at Volter HQ... safety first)

Ever gotten on a Boris bike and thought it wasn't as well put together as a bike you've owned? It's the same with rental scooters. Maintenance is key. With your own scooter you're far more likely to notice any issues that need fixing before getting on and riding, plus it's unlikely to be left outside for long periods of time. 

You get the best experience on your own scooter

The better you know the scooter, the more fun you can have with it. Once your scooter becomes an extension of you, you'll be far more comfortable hopping on for longer rides.

Rentals often end up being fly tipped

Now, we don't know why it happens, or why people feel the need to throw a scooter in the river. But it does. Recently French startup Guppy (www.guppy.earth - go check them out) fished out 58 electric scooters in less than 3 hours from the Seine in Paris. Not acceptable in our eyes.

That being said, if you're a scooter newbie they're a great way to test if scooting is right for you and reduce emission producing journeys. You never know, maybe you'll discover a new love you never knew you had.

Please note that currently private scooters are not allowed on public roads.