CNN | Congested streets, dying batteries and fragile design: These are the problems e-bikes and scooters must overcome

October 15, 2019 Brad

By Brad Hunstable

Shared electric scooters and bikes seem to have popped up overnight in cities throughout the world. E-scooter brands, such as Bird and Lime, are now known from Paris to Los Angeles. They have become an easy and affordable way for people to get around, and will further reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions as more riders start using them.

Electric micromobility has already assured its place in the sharing economy. Future generations will visit a city and think nothing of zipping to their destination on shared transportation. The National Association of City Transportation Officials reported that people took 84 million trips using shared bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters in the United States in 2018, more than double the number of trips taken in 2017. And globally, e-bike sales are expected to reach $24.3 billion by 2025.

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