Electric transport is actively developing in megacities around the world. Here are a few views from different parts of the Globe.
The President of the Russian Club in Tokyo, Mikhail Mozzhechkov, notes that Japan is catching up fast with China in the popularity of electric transport.
“The Chinese have special riding lines for electric vehicles, in Japan, these lines also appear more and more often. We have good electric bicycles now. The electric motor helps turn the pedals, so you can ride around the city without much effort. Scooters have also become fashionable,” – said Mozzhechkov, adding that the cost of his scooter paid off in six months.
He rode a scooter to work and could ride up to 30 kilometers, at a speed of up to 27 kilometers per hour. And recently, electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in the country.
“The new generation of Nissan electric cars competes with Tesla. So far, however, their distance is not so good. Nissan cars can travel up to 400 kilometers without recharging. Use Chinese batteries mostly. An American, who drives such an electric car, says that it is necessary to carefully plan the route, because there may be lines at charging stations.
According to Mikhail Mozzhechkov, Japan is gradually abandoning gasoline, because a kilometer on electricity costs less.
Adeline Smirnova, a technology student from Berlin, said that electric vehicles can often be seen on the streets of Germany.
“But scooters and monowheels, which are now so popular in Moscow, are very rare here. The “Tesla” electric car costs about 30 thousand dollars. It is usually chosen by the middle class. Charges are often hidden in the courtyards. But most often charging sockets can be found near shopping centers.”
And yet the most favorite urban vehicle of the Germans is the bicycle. Many Germans start riding from childhood. They are not in a hurry to switch to modern e-bikes due to certain conservatism and commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
The journalist from Beijing, Nikolai Masterov, noted that electric transport in China accounts for about 55 percent of the total number of urban transport.
Most often, these are electric buses. Today in China, “Kin-Kong” bus models are using electric engines. They are so silent that pedestrians often do not hear them coming and risking to get under their wheels.
Electric motorcycles and mini-bikes can be charged at home or on the staircases of the apartment buildings.
The journalist said that when he moved to China, he immediately bought an electric scooter with a rechargeable battery. Scooters are very accessible here – they cost less than 200 dollars, and most Chinese people ride them.
There are dedicated lanes on the roads for electric scooters and bikes,” said Nikolai Masterov.
He also noted that in China there are a large number of places where electric transport can be recharged. Around 8 thousand stations are already built and new ones appear all the time. “Tesla” in China is several times more expensive than in Europe, so the Chinese and tourists are offered an alternative. You can rent a small car and it will be electric.
According to Masterov, the state is interested in switching to electric transport, since there is a large oncology mortality rate in the country, which is partially due to the poor ecological situation.
Journalist Margarita Sandler from Brussels noted that scooters, or rather, those who use this type of personal electric transport, in Belgium are not very welcome.
“Electric scooters appeared on the streets of Brussels relatively recently. Earlier there were certain rules for riding electric scooters, but now the restrictions were lifted, allowing to travel at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour. I am certainly against this!”
“In my opinion, bikes were enough. Electric scooters are left on the streets without any order. In Moscow, for example, everything is very well organised. This is amazing!”
“In general, the Belgians are very fond of bicycles – both electric and traditional. Belgium is one of the countries, in which people buy a large number of electric “Tesla” cars. They love those cars and are proud of them.”
According to Sandler, not so long ago, electric buses first appeared in Belgium. This happened after the entry of diesel vehicles into Brussels was banned.
This post was translated from Russian and adapted. The original version was published on Rambler. Photo credit – public domain.