Electric Scooters, or e scooters, are starting to become one of the most popular ways of getting around in Canada during COVID-19, especially in cities like Toronto. Popular brands like the Xiaomi M365 Pro from Xiaomi Canada or the Ninebot ES4 or Ninebot Max from Segway Canada are the most popular electric scooters in 2020.
As more people look to alternative ways of transportation in Toronto and Canada, we believe electric scooters will eventually be one of the main ways people get around in the future.
Why? First, electric scooters help save time, save money and make travelling more fun while being hassle-free. Second, looking at the popularity of e scooters in the United States and Europe, we’d expect a similar trend here in Canada, especially as Ontario announced a 5-year pilot project for electric scooters at the beginning of this year. (Please check with your local laws and regulation) Lastly, electric scooters are great for all audiences, especially for college students, young professionals, families and outdoor enthusiasts.
The Benefits of Having An Electric Scooter in Toronto
When people ask us what an electric scooter is all about, we say this: Imagine a way of travelling that comes with the best elements of a car (fast, easy to use and you won't sweat using it), a bike (maneuverability and avoiding traffic) and walking (helps to clear your mind and get some fresh air!).
They have amazing benefits that can help improve your lifestyle and they fit a wide range of different audiences so everyone can benefit from having one.
When we asked our users how they felt when they got their first electric scooter, many of them had a similar experience - They thought it wasn’t for them initially, they wouldn’t see a use for it, it was too expensive, etc. But if you ask people who've used electric scooters, they will tell you a different story - Electric Scooters just became something they couldn’t live without after trying it! We like to think of e scooters as the next Airpods for the personal mobility market - a trend that seemed weird at first but later became a commonplace item everywhere you go.
Now, as a Torontonian, you may be curious as a Torontonian what an electric scooter can do for you? Easy… It’ll help you save money, save time & hassle and make your life much more fun.
1. Helps You Save Money
As someone who lives in Toronto, I’m sure you’d agree with us in saying that while I love this city, it sure is expensive...
Getting a house anywhere in Toronto is extremely pricey. Renting a space anywhere close to Downtown Toronto costs an arm and a leg. And don’t get me started on the commute. Using TTC or Go Train costs an average of $10 a day to and from work or school which is made even worse by the constant delays, such as TTC delay, Go Bus delay or Go Train delay. And if you have to pay for parking or invest in a bike rack, is it even possible to save money in Toronto?
One of the reasons we always get so excited about introducing electric scooters to people in Toronto is the amount of money you can save. Let’s do the math quickly:
An average electric scooter costs around $1,000 and will last you generally between 3 to 5 years with proper use. A daily commute is roughly $10 a day, meaning after 100 days or so, you’ve already made your money back... how great is that?! Similarly, when we also compared the cost savings from an electric scooter to driving, we found users could save a large amount of money every year just by switching how they commute!
Still, hesitating? Compare buying a scooter to buying a Canada Goose jacket ($1000+) or an iPhone ($1500+). Sure it has a lot of great features, but it’s likely to keep costing you more and more money each time you have to fix something, buy more apps or upgrade to the latest version.
Another way electric scooters can help you save is by cutting back on your Uber or Lyft expenses. A study in the US found that for Uber rides, 46% of them are generally under 3 miles (and 21% under 1 mile). By using an e scooter instead, you save money on ridesharing, it’s more convenient and in a lot of times, even faster, especially if there is traffic.
Overall, electric scooters have a lot of great uses for the everyday commute (5-30km), which means more money in your pocket! Plus, if you use a scooter instead of public transportation every day for a year, you’ll be able to afford a new iPhone and Canada Goose jacket at the end of the year with all your savings!
2. Helps You Save Time
Most of our customers living in downtown, midtown or North York were able to cut their commute down drastically. According to the Government of Canada, People generally are living further and further away from the city center. But no matter where you live, close or far, electric scooters can be extremely beneficial in simplifying your travel and helping you to cut downtime.
If you live further away, many of our customers happily use their scooter to commute to the nearest TTC or Go Train station, carry it in then use it for the final stretch to work. In fact, as Toronto reopens, electric scooters are the perfect transportation alternative to public transport.
If you live close, it’s a fun and refreshing way to commute to work while also practicing safe social distancing at the same time.
Ultimately, electric scooters have great maneuverability and flexibility, meaning you can set and dictate your own schedule, instead of having to follow the public transportation schedules.
Additionally, you can carry or roll around your scooter as you are shopping (now what other methods of transportation allow this?) - imagine how much time and money you can save by avoiding parking fees? And in case you picked up a big item or lots of items, call an Uber on your way back and put your scooter in the trunk, it’s that easy!]
3. Makes Getting Around Fun and Exciting
Electric Scooters are a great way to spice up the way you commute in Toronto while looking great doing so. We have a lot of commuter customers and they always say how much they are refreshed and ready to tackle the day as soon as they started using electric scooters. Why? It’s simple. You can change up the routes you take so you can see more of the city and explore a cool neighbourhood without spending that much extra time. You also get to enjoy the fresh air, get some important sunlight exposure and look at some beautiful sights such as travelling along the harbourfront bike lanes.
All of our electric scooters are also designed with a minimalistic framework so they also look great when you are travelling with them. You can also customize many features of our scooter, such as cruise control, light patterns as well as purchasing some amazing TekTrendy accessories so you can truly make your scooter best reflect yourself!
4. Make Your Life Hassle-Free
If you’re ever concerned about safety or durability, let me be the first to say… don’t worry! All of the scooters we offer are long-lasting, durable and built from reliable brands, and like our Nineobt ES4 and Max for example, is UL 2272 certified, meaning it has undergone rigorous tests with proper care. And instead of a lot of other devices, electric scooters are generally low to medium maintenance and the battery charge lasts 500 to 1000 charge cycles, which is about 3-5 years of regular use.