Quite recently many cities in the world has been flooded with a new way to move around in cities – it’s called e-scooters or micro mobility, and it has actually been an eye opener for people that you can go around in the city in other things than just – cars.
Say what you want about micro mobility, but it has sure made an impact and helped people to start thinking about transportation in new ways. I mean, the big thing as I see it, is that it has shifted the mind-set in some way. I have too tried them – they have given me the fantastic freedom to be even more of a “tidsoptimist” when trying to catch the local bus on time..
There’s still a big gap between micro mobility solutions/bicycles and conventional cars. A good description on what Mini Mobility is was done by Brad Templeton in this article published on Forbes in august.
It’s a term that you could describe as the operative space between cars and this micromoblitiy. It uses 1/4th of the space needed from regular cars and an energy efficiency that is 5 times higher. Basically, taking the already existing transportation service models from big Asian cities, like the famous TukTuks/Auto Rickshaws, and apply new improved technologies on it. Together this combination will have great impact on emissions and still give you sufficient protection from the weather elements.
Just as a comparison our vehicle Zbee is only 280kg including our on-board battery. And that’s because its small, but also because we use a highly redefine composite body – no steel structure in the body at all. That is also what makes it comparatively safe in the city environment, and it is an important innovation. We need to keep things small and lightweight because that’s what’s needed if we´re going to cope with emissions and overuse of recourses.
Life is just a long stack of changes, although most of us are actually scared of change. It’s in the human nature to stay within our homeostasis, our bodies have an inbuilt system to maintain balance of the internal eco-system and the current perception of the world. It’s nothing that comes naturally, but without going beyond our selves we’ll never excel.
It’s critical that we do – because we don’ have the time to do business as usual.
I think that, if we start to look at cities from a mini mobility perspective, we can take back urban environment, use less space and have cleaner air. The city will become interconnected in a new way, as we are getting things and people transported emission- and hassle free when bridging this gap.
And as Brad said; it’s a small world, after all. I couldn’t agree more.