In urban areas, there are two main grievance points when it comes to commuting - relentless traffic jams and the scarcity of parking spaces, particularly in historic city centers. What's the solution? Ditching your cars, of course.
E-scooters can help you out in this regard. They offer portability, mobility, and cost-effectiveness that cars never will. So, if you haven't yet transitioned to vehicle-grade Apollo e-scooters, do it in short order — your precious time and frayed nerves are on the line.
The Convenience of Electric Scooters
Why are electric scooters better than cars?
Ease of use
Electric scooters are the epitome of user-friendly transportation. Simple controls and intuitive handling make navigating through congested streets a breeze. Plus, as of 2023 you don't need a license, so you can order your dream e-scooter and hop on it immediately.
In the race against time, electric scooters are the clear winners. They effortlessly slice through traffic, significantly reducing commute times. Additionally, they make you the captain of your fate, as you decide when you hop on it, without being affected by timetables or rush hours. The perks of a car, but without its drawbacks.
Electric scooters are democratizing urban travel. They offer an accessible mode of transport for short distances, opening up new avenues for people who may find traditional vehicles challenging.
You can take them with you almost anywhere you wish. Most e-scooters, especially commuter models like Apollo Air or Apollo City, are light and easy to carry, which makes them ideal for your daily trips to the office.
Parking Options with Electric Scooters
One of the biggest advantages of electric scooters is the hassle-free parking. Their compact size allows for parking in tight spaces, a luxury cars can't afford. And if for some reason you can't leave them outside, you can always bring them inside.
You're probably thinking that parking may be hassle-free, but it's not necessarily worry-free, as your precious stallion can get stolen. This is a valid concern. That's why our scooters come equipped with certain countermeasures. On top of that, we offer accessories that will make you worry less.
Folding locks and smart security
You can get one of the traditional locks to give yourself peace of mind and prevent your e-scooter from being stolen. Many types of such locks are available, but we find folding locks the most effective, as they present a compromise between mobility and security.
No one would like to return from their errand to an empty spot with only a cut-in-half lock lying hopelessly on the ground. That's why Apollo scooters are equipped with smart security features. One of them is GPS tracking. Having this in place means that if your scooter gets stolen, you have a good chance of retrieving it.
Some smart scooters like Apollo Pro have remote locking capabilities, so you can tap your smartphone to secure and access your scooter effortlessly. As an additional feature, some models can alert you via smartphone notifications when used or moved without your permission.
Tips and tricks for secure parking
Parking e-scooters securely is a must to prevent theft and damage. Here are some tips and tricks to ensure your e-scooter is safe when you're not using it:
Choose the Right Location
- Park in well-lit, high-traffic areas. Thieves are less likely to target scooters that passersby easily see.
- Park close to where you are staying or working. This allows you to keep an eye on it.
Use Quality Locks
- These are tough for thieves to cut through. Attach your scooter to a fixed, immovable object like a bike rack or a metal post.
- If a U-lock isn't feasible, a heavy-duty chain lock can be a good alternative. Make sure it's tightly wrapped around the scooter and the object it's secured to.
- Some locks come with built-in alarms that go off if someone tries to tamper with the lock.
- Always lock through the frame and, if possible, through the wheel as well.
- Keep the lock off the ground to make it harder for thieves to break it.
Remove Portable Parts
- If your e-scooter has any detachable components (like an LCD display, lights, or a battery), take them with you.
- Use Smart Locks/Tracking Devices
- Consider getting insurance for your e-scooter. In case it does get stolen, you won't be at a total loss. (Link)
- Keep your scooter in good condition. A well-maintained scooter is less likely to have vulnerabilities that thieves can exploit. Here are 5 maintenance tips you must know.
Be Aware of Local Regulations
- Some areas have specific rules about where you can park e-scooters. Make sure you're compliant to avoid fines or having your scooter towed.
Click here for more in-depth information about how to lock an electric scooter.
Affordability of Electric Scooters
Regarding cost-effectiveness, electric scooters beat cars by a long shot. They're cheaper to buy, cheaper to charge, and cheaper to maintain. To top it off, you have a number of financing options at hand. Aren't Apollo scooters a godsend, given the current economic situation?
If you want to delve deeper into details, you can click here to learn more about the true costs of commuting, or you can read the article on the long-term financial benefits of ownership of e-scooters. You can also watch our video on how to save money buying an electric scooter.
Sustainability and Environmental Impact
Electric scooters represent a significant stride towards sustainable urban transportation. Their compact, electric-powered design contributes to reduced carbon emissions, especially compared to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. This makes them an environmentally friendly option for short-distance travel in congested city environments.
Furthermore, electric scooters can alleviate traffic congestion and require less space for parking, which contributes to more efficient land use in urban areas. However, the sustainability of electric scooters also hinges on factors such as the sourcing of their batteries, the electricity used to charge them, and their overall lifecycle management.
The Versatility of Electric Scooters
Multi-Purpose Use — Electric scooters fit seamlessly into various aspects of urban life, whether commuting to work, running errands, or leisurely rides.
Adaptability — There are various electric scooters, ranging from off-road, heavy-duty, to urban speedster models. Everyone will find a perfect fit, but if you need help making up your mind, you can take our quiz here.
Mental health — Electric scooters, beyond their practicality and environmental benefits, also have a surprisingly positive impact on mental health. In today's fast-paced world, where stress and anxiety are rife, e-scooters offer a unique and enjoyable way to decompress and improve mental well-being.
Electric scooters are not just a fad; they're a practical solution to many of the challenges of urban commuting. They stand out for their convenience, affordability, sustainability, and versatility.
With cities seeking smarter, more efficient transportation methods, electric scooters will play a key role in the future. Now is the time to embrace this change and make the most of the advantages electric scooters offer.