Country Lore: Go Electric!

My neighbor saved money on transportation by using an electric scooter to drive to work.
By Clyde Schwanke
October/November 2008

Using an electric scooter can dramatically cut your carbon footprint.
COURTESY CURRIE TECHNOLOGY


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This is an example of how simple an electric vehicle (EV) solution can be: Bonnie, my 63-year-old neighbor, hates buying gasoline.

On her own, without any prior knowledge of electric vehicles, Bonnie went shopping for a small electric scooter with the intention of riding it for her one-mile commute to work. The salesman, hearing what she intended to do with it, advised her to buy a large model, a Razor E500S, which she purchased for $200.

Bonnie keeps a log book in her car and writes down the dollar amount when she refuels her car. I used this log to calculate that she averaged $15.75 a week for gas during the year prior to the scooter’s arrival. Since the scooter purchase, her weekly gas expense has dropped to $9.30. With a savings of $6.45 a week, she saved $258 on gas during the first 10 months.

Now for the bonus, her employer has a program in place that rewards employees $25 cash for each month they don’t drive a car to work. So, Bonnie is now getting $25 in cash each month just for riding her scooter, plus the big gas savings.

Clyde Schwanke
Topeka, Kansas

Razor is no longer making the 500 series, but the IZIP I-500 electric scooter, available at sporting goods stores, is an adequate substitute. — Mother Earth News








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