Electric scooters aren’t quite as climate-friendly as we thought
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August 4, 20195 min read, 913 words

Electric scooters aren’t quite as climate-friendly as we thoughtElectric scooters aren’t quite as climate-friendly as we thought

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Published: August 4, 2019  |  5 min read, 913 words
Electric scooter companies like to tout their green credentials, frequently reminding riders that every two-wheeled trip they take can help reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change — but the truth is much more complicated. A new study from North Carolina State University...
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August 5, 2019
The article does a good job at exposing the hidden life cycle electric scooters together with all the other polluting factors that are hidden in an otherwise considered green mean of transport. This article has the power to bring the reader to critically question the life cycle of other green means of transport raising general awareness potential the hidden drawbacks of zero emission vehicles. The only flaw that I find in the article is the continuous comparison of electric scooters with walking as a mean of transport. While walking is certainly healthy and green, the study quoted by the author does not compare walking with any other mean of transport. The author lacks to specify his 'bias' towards walking, making the reader potentially believe that walking was actually taken into consideration in the study as one of the means of transport.
August 5, 2019
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August 5, 2019
Of course a new technology is not going to be as green as it wants to be and of course something with a motor is not as eco friendly as something that's not. This article has a hint of attackyness to it, but largely informs on how scooters compare to other commuter options.
August 5, 2019
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Investigative
August 5, 2019
This is a great investigative look into the true carbon emissions of a scooter's life-cycle. I'm happy to see this being talked about more, because as the piece mentions, people often only experience the "no tailpipe" ride which doesn't paint the full picture. The piece also correctly dives into the fact that 49 percent of the time, the rider would have biked or walked instead. Very well done Andrew J. Hawkins!
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August 4, 2019
TLDR: Scooters are half the emissions of cars, but not the greenest form of transportation. This information is pulled from a single source, but the author pulls out the necessary context and packages it for the article. Carbon footprint comparisons are given, along with possible solutions for reducing carbon emissions further. Informative given my recent scooter experience, which I loved.
August 4, 2019
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