India is witnessing a rising trend of personal vehicle ownership, with the two-wheeler market size reaching a volume of 18 million units in 2022. We prefer to own two-wheelers for our everyday commute as it lessens our dependency on public transport and shortens travel time.
A new narrative is unfolding in our two-wheeler market with the entry of many e-scooter brands like SES introducing a wide variety of electric scooters at various ranges.
Parallelly, we are becoming aware that we leave behind a significant impact on the environment with every choice we make. This awakened awareness persuades us to act responsibly, going beyond convenience and style while choosing and purchasing. With sustainability becoming the need of the hour, electronic scooters are the best alternatives for everyday commutes.
Though we know e-scooters are the best sustainable alternative for a better-shared future, most of us are still implausible to choose them over conventional petrol vehicles. The familiarity we share with traditional two-wheelers and the lack of adequate knowledge and information about e-scooters add to the confusion.
Are you looking for a new scooter and deciding which type suits your needs? Stay through the article; it will compare electric and petrol scooters to help you choose the best two-wheeler!
What is an Electric Scooter?
An electric scooter is a two-wheeled vehicle powered by electricity. It uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery to propel an electric motor, allowing for quiet and emission-free transportation.
Lithium-ion batteries have the best energy retention rate, battery capacity and longevity. Electric scooters are becoming popular due to their eco-friendliness, ease of use, and affordable fuel (recharge) compared to traditional petrol-powered scooters.
Electric scooter benefits include lower operating and maintenance costs compared to gas-powered alternatives. Since they have fewer mechanical parts, electric scooters require less routine maintenance and have longer lifespans.
What is a Traditional Petrol Scooter?
A traditional petrol scooter is a motorised two-wheeled vehicle that runs on gasoline or petrol as its fuel source. It typically has an internal combustion engine that ignites petrol to generate power, propelling the scooter forward. As a result, they emit exhaust gases and pollutants into the air.
Widely available models at various ranges, easily accessible petrol (re-fuel) stations, capacity for long-distance travel, easy maintenance, and durability make petrol scooters the most preferred mode of transportation in India.
But which is Better?
Here’s a detailed comparison and analysis between electric scooters and petrol scooters.
The price of owning an electric scooter is likely higher than that of a petrol scooter. This is mainly due to the expensive manufacturing process of electric scooters. While, with inflation, the price of petrol scooters is also rising fast, with many scooters with better range touching lakh as their base cost.
Cost of Fuel/Power source
The primary difference lies in their energy sources and their cost. Electric scooters operate using rechargeable batteries and electricity, whereas petrol scooters are propelled by combustion engines that run on petrol.
The price of petrol increases constantly and is costlier compared to electricity cost. Moreover, an electric scooter comes with 75% higher efficiency, allowing you to travel 1km at only 15% of the cost compared to the expense of travelling the same distance via a petrol scooter.
Range refers to the distance a scooter can cover when fully fueled or charged. Electric scooters have a lesser operational range than petrol scooters, making them suitable only for short-distance travel.
The availability of plenty of petrol stations countrywide makes the range of petrol scooters limitless. Whenever the petrol gets emptied, you can refill the tank and keep moving longer.
Contrarily, improving charging infrastructure can solve the problem of electric scooters. Even after establishing many recharging points, the time taken to recharge a battery will be an issue. Usually, batteries take 3-5 hours to charge fully, while you need only a few minutes to refill petrol.
Similarly, petrol scooters can move faster, whereas high-speed electric scooters are rare in our market. Stay tuned, SES is coming with a top-speed electric scooter soon!
Electric scooters produce zero carbon emissions, making them the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation. They play a role in decreasing air pollution, aligning with the objectives of sustainable transportation. Also, electric scooters operate with minimum noise, significantly reducing noise pollution on the roads.
Petrol scooters, on the other hand, emit carbon and other harmful pollutants into the air, reducing air quality, causing air pollution and negatively impacting people’s health. And petrol scooters generate louder engine noise due to their combustion engines adding to the noise pollution along with the honking-filled Indian roads.
Petrol scooters, along with their engine, have many other moving parts, making it quite costly and time-consuming to maintain them. On the other hand, electric scooters have fewer components, reducing the need for regular maintenance.
With the climate crisis peaking, fossil fuels depleting rapidly, and air pollution badly impacting our lives, switching to sustainable transportation is necessary. So, without a doubt, electric scooters are the future. However, a complete transition in a go is not possible. Both electric scooters and petrol scooters have an equal amount of plus and minus.
Yet, you must decide the right time to switch to an electric scooter. But just remember, the beauty of this choice rests not just in its immediate impact but in the far-reaching implications it holds for our shared tomorrow.