Macklemore made it cool for us to fill our closets with thrift store finds. Now, he urges us to rip up our bus passes and ditch Uber for a more sustainable transportation option — the electric moped.
At Green Future, we know sustainable living is no longer a trend. It has become a way of life for millions of people across the globe. It has sparked the imagination of Elon Musk and other innovators, leading corporations to launch successful green endeavours around the world.
While electric mopeds are nothing new, they have only recently shed their dorky stigma to emerge as a responsible green alternative to driving gas-guzzling vehicles. They are simple, economical, convenient, and fun to ride.
What Modern Electric Mopeds Look Like
Electric mopeds have revolutionized the idea of environmentally friendly transportation throughout the world, especially in Europe, where daily commuters have been spotted riding posh eco-friendly mopeds in record numbers.
Unlike electric bikes, mopeds do not have pedals, and they require a driver’s licence, insurance, and registration. Mopeds are specifically designed for city streets — and you’ll save time and money on transportation costs while you zip past traffic. Electric mopeds are brilliantly designed by internationally recognized manufacturers that have revolutionized the way scooters look and drive.
Some mopeds have compact electric motors that are built into the hub of their front or back wheel, while others are mounted in the center of the bike and often connected to the pedal sprocket. The most distinguishing feature of electric mopeds is that they run without oil or gas, making them an economical choice to reduce your carbon footprint.
Effects of Electric Mopeds On Environment
In the United States, automobiles are known to emit over 300 million tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year. Automobile emissions are one of the major causes of global warming threatening our planet. Even though the carbon levels in our atmosphere have increased to over 400 parts per million (ppm), it’s not too late for us to get our collective shit together.
Electric mopeds do not emit carbon into the atmosphere; they run on batteries and do not need to burn any fossil fuels to run their motor. By switching to an eco-friendly moped from a gas-based scooter or automobile, you are reducing the pollution in your atmosphere. When you buy a moped powered by electricity, you are also supporting an environmentally friendly industry — and you are fulfilling your responsibility to the planet by decreasing the rate of harmful CO2 emissions.
Electric Mopeds Are Budget Friendly
The average American spends $1,400 on gas each year. Many are living paycheck to paycheck, trying to come up with creative ways to save money and pay their bills each month. With a raise in the federal minimum wage under threat by a potential demagogue presidency, money issues will continue to be a struggle for too many families.
However, studies have shown that switching to a moped or scooter for daily commutes and running errands can make a sizable impact on household disposable income.
Based on a 500 mile trip, Billshrink reports that the average fuel cost per trip in an SUV is $60. Scooters, on the other hand, cost just $20 per trip. Similarly, SUVs have just 21 average vehicle miles per gallon, while scooters regularly hit an impressive 70 miles per gallon. And if you’re riding an electric moped, your savings are likely even higher.
Top Electric Mopeds of 2017
Just for you, we compiled a list of the best environmentally friendly mopeds of 2017. These are the latest and best-selling models around the world in terms of convenience, design, and affordability.
1. Gigabyke Groove 48V 750W
This eco-friendly moped is perfect for city commuters and for running short errands several times a day. It boasts a top speed of over 20 MPH, with a range of up to 35 miles per charge. It carries a 14Ah battery which runs for six hours when fully charged. The maximum weight of riders is 250 lbs. It comes in smooth black color and includes the following features:
- LED headlight
- Digital speedometer
- Smart battery charger
- Front disc brakes
2. X-Treme XB-504 Electric Moped
The XB-504 by X-Treme is the perfect choice for commuters who are looking for cheaper and more eco-friendly alternatives to automobiles. It comes with a large, 500-watt, brushless rear hub motor that is installed in the center of the rear wheel and powered by four large high-power batteries.
The batteries are known for being durable: they can easily last up to five years and can be recharged over 500 times. This electric moped can travel up to 20-25 miles with one charge.
3. GenZe 2.0
This electric moped is perfect for city life. It features a 7-inch touchscreen display to tell you your speed, range, and charge level. The touch screen also replaces keys — simply type in your PIN to start the vehicle.
The GenZe has a trunk for groceries, and an under seat USB port to charge your phone while you drive. It reaches a top speed of about 30 mph, and will travel about 30 miles on a single charge.
4. MotoTec 24v Electric Moped
Mopeds are great for the whole family! If you are looking for an eco-friendly moped for your child that costs less than $500 and offers great features, then the MotoTec 24v is the perfect choice.
The MotoTec 24v is specifically designed for kids and is used in driveways, in parking lots, and cruising around cones. This vehicle has the following features:
- Seat storage
- Battery meter
- Rear luggage rack
- Front headlight
What’s next for electric mopeds? Honda has also jumped on the gas-free bandwagon and is coming up with its own model in 2017. So, whether you are just running errands or heading downtown to work, consider a moped powered by electricity for a more sustainable and affordable commute.
Update: This story has been updated with new information.