From L.A. to Paris, the electric scooter boom

Published by on 11.30.2018 - 2 min

The electric scooter is now an integral part of the urban landscape. Self-service rental offerings, which began in the United States and are now sprouting up in Europe, are fuelling increased interest in these fun little vehicles that are often considered the perfect ride for that last kilometre.

A small engine housed in the wheel, a battery hidden in the steering column, a handlebar and you’re on your way! Thanks to its apparent simplicity and charming, even toy-like appearance, the electric scooter is now interesting more and more city dwellers looking for an alternative to walking, cycling or public transport for their short daily trips around major towns and cities.

An electric scooter is easy to ride and practical: you can fold it up to take it on the subway or bus, load it into the boot of your car or carry it up to your apartment. And now’s the perfect time to try an electric scooter, with fleets of self-service scooters now arriving in Europe. It’s a concept that was born in California, which quickly spread across the US and is now further expanding.

Do be careful though: in most European countries, traffic regulations do not yet contain specific provisions for these electric “vehicles”. In France, legislation will soon put them in a new category of vehicles that will be authorised on bike paths and roadways in areas limited to 30 km/h. In Switzerland, models that go less than 20 km/h are already allowed on bike paths, but are prohibited on sidewalks. Wherever they ride them, enthusiasts for these new machines are being asked to exercise caution while waiting for more precise regulations to emerge.

An electric scooter from Renault

You can buy your “Z.E.” scooter from the Renault dealer network! Available in a dozen countries including France, Germany, Belgium and Ukraine, this folding electric scooter weighs only 7 kg, offers a range of 13 km, recharges in 3 to 4 hours and allows for a top speed of 24 km/h with a carrying capacity of 125 kg.

Copyright : Jean-Marie HEIDINGER