Recently, the number of electric scooters has increased significantly on the streets of Russian cities.
To say that the popularity of this type of transport is growing rapidly is to say nothing. Some retailers claim an 8-fold increase in sales. Scooters appealed to many consumers (mainly young people) due to their compact size, high maneuverability, ease of use and the absence of any problems with parking. They are much more compact and lighter than bicycles and are not as specific as gyroboards and unicycles.
An electric scooter allows you to avoid traffic jams, while moving at a fairly decent speed. This is a great way to get to work or make a delivery. By the way, courier services have become one of the most active consumers of this type of personal transport. All kinds of sharing services are beginning to develop. The latter additionally contribute to the growth in the popularity of electric scooters - the user can test them in action before making a purchase.
Increased consumer interest has led to lower prices for electric scooters (by 10% on average) and an increase in the number of brands represented. So, if earlier mainly Chinese manufacturers were represented, now Western brands are also beginning to appear. More reliable solutions have appeared, with capacious batteries capable of covering considerable distances on a single charge and developing decent speeds.
So far, it is difficult to say how this market will change in the future. Experts believe that its development may be hindered by the unpreparedness of Russian cities for personal transport - constant traffic jams and a large number of pedestrians on the sidewalks do not contribute to development. In addition, the climate can also be a serious obstacle. As a result, the electric scooter trend may end as spontaneously as it began.
Meanwhile, the active development of personal transport has led to an increase in accidents involving these vehicles. In this regard, the Ministry of Transport even prepared a draft amendment to the traffic rules, which takes into account such road users. At the same time, the Traffic Management Center proposes to equate electric scooters and gyroboards to vehicles, with the introduction of administrative responsibility for their owners.