We get in the car to get groceries or drop the kids off at school. But while the car is convenient, these short trips add up in terms of emissions, pollution, and gasoline costs.
Almost half (44 percent) of all Australian interstate journeys are by car – and under 10 km. Of Perth’s 4.2 million daily car journeys, 2.8 are for distances of less than 2 km.
This is common in rich countries. In the United States, 60 percent of all car trips are covered less than 10km.
So what is the best solution? You might think that switching to an electric vehicle is a natural step. In fact, for short trips, an electric bike or moped may be better for you—and for the planet. That’s because these modes of transportation—known collectively as electric micromobility—are cheaper to buy and run.
But it’s more than that—they’re being displaced four times as much for oil just like all the electric cars in the world at the moment, because of their amazing movement in China and other countries where mopeds are a common mode of transportation.
How can that be?
On the world’s roads last year, there were more than 20 million electric cars and 1.3 million commercial EVs such as buses, delivery vehicles, and trucks.
But these numbers of vehicles with four or more wheels are completely eclipsed by two- and three-wheelers. There were over 280 million electric cars, scooters, motorcycles, and tricycles on the road last year. Their elites are simply reducing the demand for oil by a million barrels a day—about one percent of the world’s total oil demand, according to estimates by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
What about electric cars, you ask? After all, EVs have been heralded as a silver bullet for car emissions and air pollution in cities, as their tailpipe emissions are zero. If you charge it with renewable energy, they get even greener.
But to see them as an undisputed good is a mistake. They are cars, but they are still cars, taking up space on the road and needing a lot of electricity to power them. Their batteries make them heavier than a traditional car and draw heavily on the extraction of rare earth elements. While EVs overall much greener than internal combustion engine components, battery manufacture can be harmful some benefits.
On the plus side, gasoline costs about AUS$0.14 per kilometer in fuel, or about $1,820 in fuel annually for those total car n 12.000 km. Maintenance costs $910 a year, bringing the total to $2,730 per fuel car.
By contrast, charging an EV would cost around $480 for that distance. The $240 maintenance takes annual operating costs to $720. So EVs are much cheaper to run. But they are expensive to buy.
What advantages do electric mopeds and bikes have?
The electric transportation revolution is a great opportunity to rethink how we move through our cities—and whether we even need a car at all.
Cars, after all, often have only one occupant. It uses a lot of energy to move itself.
By contrast, electric mopeds and bicycles use a lot less power to carry one or two people. They are also much cheaper to buy and run than electric cars.
If you travel on an e-bike 20 km a day, five days a week, your charging cost will be about $20 — annually.
In Australia, electric bikes are rapidly moving from a hobbyist pursuit to a major mode of urban transportation. Over 100,000 e-bikes they sell here reply.
Therefore, it is not possible to use electric mopeds or bicycles to drive from Sydney to Melbourne. Their real value is in short trips – running school, making milk and bread, or even traveling – where they take roughly the same time or less than a car.
Small electric options like scooters and skateboards also offer a way to overcome last kilometer problem that plague public transport systems. This, in short, is inconvenient distance between your home and the station or bus stop. Being able to cover this distance quickly can be a game changer for public transport.
If taken up, micromobility electricity can cut urban emissions. A survey of e-scooter riders in the United Kingdom found these trips produced up to 45 percent less carbon dioxide than others.
US researchers estimate that if e-bike trips expand to 11 percent of all vehicle trips, transportation emissions will fall by about 7 percent.
As gasoline prices rise and battery prices fall, the cheaper running costs of electric vehicles and even cheaper running costs of electric mopeds, bicycles, and scooters will continue to eat up. out of demand for oil.
World oil demand now projected to peak in 2028 at 105.7 million barrels per day—and then begin to fall, according to the International Energy Agency.
Electric vehicles will play a role in cutting fuel demand. But it may well be that the electric micromobility hacks are in rapid demand, given how quickly these are cheaper, many different options are taken.
What does this mean for me?
If you’re looking for an electric car, it’s worth taking a closer look at your transportation needs. If you live in the suburbs or surrounding cities, you may find the long range and great power of an electric car better.
But for most people, you will likely have many options. You can have an electric car for long trips, or group trips, as well as an e-bike for going to school or meals.