Electric power has been identified as a particularly promising way to reduce emissions of CO2, air pollutants and noise from road vehicles and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. The inherent advantage of an electric motor is that it can typically achieve 90 per cent energy conversion efficiency, as opposed to around 20 per cent with internal combustion engines and that it requires virtually no maintenance.
Electric Vehicles (EVs) don’t generate pollution at their point-of-use, CO2 emissions associated with EVs are ultimately determined by electricity generated at a remote power station. In the UK the vast majority of the power generation relies on fossil fuels. However, even today EVs account for around 40 per cent less CO2 per mile than the average conventional vehicle driven in an urban environment. As electricity generation becomes more efficient and as the ‘mix’ between renewable energy and non-renewable energy shifts more and more towards renewables, the carbon efficiency of EVs will improve further. The UK aims to meet a 15% renewables target for electric power generation by 2020, in December 2008 this was only 5.4%.
On average, 84% of trips made in inner cities are less than 15 miles which means that today’s EVs have a range sufficient for a typical household’s routine daily use. Full electrically powered vehicles that offer the performance of conventional vehicles will be available on the mass market in the coming years. The uptake of EVs in urban areas is a priority, not only for environmental reasons, but also for the associated economic and job creation opportunities.
Today most electric cars still demand a price which is by a factor of 2-3 times higher than their fossil-fuel powered equivalents. Electric scooters therefore offer an immediate and affordable solution to this problem. Particularly attractive are the very low running cost due to exceptionally low maintenance and cost per mile – a full charge of one of our scooters will give you a range of up to 20 miles and cost you no more than 7 pence.
Recharge at home, at work or while you’re out and about for a few pence or even for free. Don’t just ‘re-fuel with e-fuel’ its better to ‘re-fuel with renewable e-fuel’. To reduce pollution we recommend using renewable energy to recharge your scooter. We are currently developing an ‘e-fuel station’ (undergoing tests and TÜV approval in Germany) which looks a bit like a high-tech bus shelter with electric charging points for our scooters, a media centre with Wi-Fi, InfoScreen etc.
We plan to introduce the ‘e-fuel station' to local authorities and shopping centres in 2011. This ‘e-fuel station' uses renewable photovoltaic and wind energy to provide the electricity to charge your scooter. For backup, e-fuel stations are also connected into the grid to provide electricity for your scooter all year round, 24/7.
Using one of our ‘e-fuel stations’ gives you piece of mind knowing that a large proportion of renewable energy is used to recharge your batteries.
Not only is environmentally friendly, sustainable personal transportation central to our business philosophy, we take this one step further by supporting organizations working to conserve the biodiversity of our planet.
We will donate £20 for every scooter sold using the promotion code related to the organization of your choice below and in addition give you a discount on your purchase: a Win – Win solution for all. Please visit the website(s) below for further details.
The Ape Alliance is an international coalition of organisations and individuals, working for the conservation and welfare of apes.
The Ape Alliance
Great Apes Film Initiative
Protecting great apes and their environment through the power of film and television.
The Great Apes Film Initiative