When we think about electric means of transport, hybrid or electric cars tend to spring to mind, even though two-wheeled vehicles can also be electrically operated.
In a city like Barcelona, electric scooters or electric bikes can solve the problem of day-to-day travel when there is no need to travel long distances. They are swift, comfortable means of transport and they can be parked anywhere. Additionally, Barcelona has good weather most of the year. We believe that these are solid reasons for many of Barcelona’s residents to regard two-wheeled electric vehicles as ideal forms of transport. We will now summarize the five main alternatives:
1. Electric scooters. They need far less maintenance than petrol-driven scooters and there are many charge points in Barcelona’s municipal car parks and some in the street. An electric scooter consumes up to 80% less than one with a combustion engine, which has petrol costs of about 800 euros per year, travelling some 40 km a day five days a week (i.e. about 10,400 kilometres a year). Travelling the same distance on an electric scooter of the same cubic capacity barely costs 50 euros. This represents savings of 750 euros a year. What is more, electric engines are noiseless and non-pollutant. Some Catalan manufacturers have brought out electric scooters, like the MUVI by Torrot or Mius 4.0 by Riueju. On the other hand, the top four Catalan brand names have also joined forces to develop a joint model, the Scutum.
2. Electric Motosharing (Electric motorbike sharing scheme). This is the equivalent of the Bicing bike sharing scheme. Motorbikes are available to users in different points of Barcelona, which they can use for a certain period of time and leave in another part of the city. Once you have parked the vehicle at the drop-off point, the helmet is stored in its compartment, and that is it! It costs 0.27 euros a minute, with no initial registration fee or monthly payments. This is a brilliant option for short, quick trips in the city. Click here for a link to the website of the eCooltra Motosharing.
3. Hiring an electric scooter. If you just need a vehicle for a few days or if you want one for an indefinite length of time but do not wish to buy a new one, Cooltra is again the company to contact. The motorbikes that can be hired from Cooltra include electric scooters. They can also be rented at two possible rates: the usual day-based rate or a long-term rental fee. The latter is ideal if you want to have a scooter for an indefinite length of time in exchange for a monthly fee. In this way, you do not have to bother about road tax or maintenance. When you get tired of the vehicle or no longer need it, you can simply return it. Click here for the link.
4. Electric bikes. As the latest slogan by Barcelona City Council says, “The bicycle, the world’s best invention”. A wide variety of electric bikes are available on the market, including folding, modern, plug-in and self-charging ones. AMB (Greater Barcelona Public Authorities) regularly announces financial aid for the purchase of this type of bicycle.
5. Bicing (Electric bike sharing scheme). For some time now, registered users of the Bicing scheme (promoted by Barcelona City Council) have had pedal-assisted bikes at their disposal. This means that they are equipped with an electric motor that helps you pedal and thus reduce the effort you have to make. The motor gives you an extra boost when you start pedalling, something that is ideal when you push off on a hill, and it stops working when you reach a speed of 20 km per hour. There are currently 41 Bicing stations with electric bikes, which you can see here. The Bicing scheme costs 47.16 euros per year, which is almost the same as what you pay for five T-10, just a month of public transport.
With all these different alternatives, you will be using a noiseless zero-emission vehicle that is incredibly easy to park, as well as saving on petrol.