The message is loud and clear – if we are to do our bit when it comes to saving the planet, we need to reduce our carbon footprint and that means leaving the car at home whenever possible, but what alternative public transportation is available to us in 2022?
Check out these 5 alternative modes of transportation, which are all eco-friendly:
Electric bikes are an efficient and eco friendly way to get around, what’s more, you are allowed to ride them on UK roads and cycle lanes – unlike other electric personal transportation devices like hoverboards and e-scooters. You can opt for a fully electric powered bike, or a hybrid version, which still uses pedal power, but can switch into electronic mode if you have hills to tackle or are feeling tired.
The e-Scooter is fast becoming one of the UK’s most popular alternative transportation methods and there is currently a scheme running in London, which allows you to hire one to ride around the city. They look a bit like a traditional kick scooter, but are battery powered and often foldable, which makes them easy to carry around.
A hoverboard looks a bit like a skateboard, but it’s powered by a lithium-Ion battery, so no effort is required to ride one. They have two wheels, ranging in size from 6.5 to 10 inches and can move in all directions. The rider manoeuvres the board using their bodyweight. At the moment, it isn’t legal to ride a hoverboard on UK roads or pavements, but you can use them to your heart’s content on private land.
An e-foil is a board that flies over the surface of water, lifted by a mast and powered by a motor driven propeller. They can run for up to 90-minutes on a single charge and reach speeds of up to 45 km/h. Because it is powered by a motor, you can surf the water when there is no wind or waves. There is no paddling required either. E-Foils don’t come cheap though and you can expect to pay several thousand pounds for a good model.
Electric cars have been around for a while and you may have seen charging points springing up in towns and cities near you. Initially, the cost was prohibitively expensive for many of us, but prices have fallen sharply and continue to do so – you can now pick up an electric car for as little as £16,000. Electric cars are more energy efficient than those that run on petrol and battery technology has improved enormously in recent years. An electric car will cost you less to run than a conventional vehicle and thanks to Government incentives, you are exempt from vehicle excise and fuel duty. The Government is rolling out a network of fast charging ports meaning that in the future, nobody will be more than 30 miles away from a rapid charging station.