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Using a Motorbike or Scooter Instead of a Car

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 7 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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As the cost of motoring continues to rise, the motorbike and scooter are stepping forward as alternative options to the car. Contrary to popular opinion, using a petrol-powered motorbike or scooter is at least on a par with cars in terms of co2 emissions, and in some cases, they are actually less eco friendly than driving a car. If you want to switch to a more eco friendly form of motoring, driving a hybrid car will result in lower co2 emissions. If you have your heart set on riding a scooter, you can buy an electric scooter with no co2 emissions.

Why are Petrol Motorbikes and Scooters Less Green than Cars?

One of the biggest reasons why motorbikes and scooters put out similar pollution than cars is the fact that there is less regulation concerning them. Given their smaller size, it is also more difficult to fit the necessary systems to reduce c02 emissions as this would significantly increase the overall weight of the vehicles.

Many motorbikes and scooters have a two-stroke engine, which runs on oil and gas and effectively doubles the fuel emissions. Although some manufacturers are intending to move away from two-stroke engines indefinitely, this will not happen across the board unless they are banned as they are currently the far cheaper option.

The engines of motorbikes and scooters are also designed to get rid of excess fuel through the exhaust pipe if it hasn't been burnt. The combination of all of these factors mean that motorbikes and scooters are can sometimes pollute more than most cars, and are a lot less eco friendly than hybrid cars.

Electric Scooters

If you are concerned that petrol scooters are having a negative impact on both the environment and your motoring budget, an electric scooter may be your best option. Like the electric car, it is battery powered and has no co2 emissions. As you do not need to keep its fuel tank topped up with petrol, it can save you money on running costs.

As a general rule of thumb, an electric scooter will need to be charged after every 25-35 miles that you ride, although this varies quite dramatically between electric scooters (and is also dependent on the speed at which you are travelling – the faster you travel, the more quickly you will need to recharge the battery). The initial buying cost of an electric scooter is currently around £6,000, but this is at least partially cancelled out by the fact that you will not need to spend money on fuel.

Using a scooter or motorbike instead of a car is actually less eco friendly than using a car. For a greener type of motoring, consider buying yourself a more eco friendly hybrid car with lower co2 emissions. As well as being better for the environment, this is also better for your bank balance as you can save money on road tax and company car tax (both of which are dependent on how high your car's co2 emissions are). Alternatively, you can ride a battery-powered electric scooter.

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