Wind has welcomed confirmation by the UK Government that it will prioritise sustainability considerations when legislating for the possible roll out of e-scooters in the UK.

The Government was responding to a report by the Transport Select Committee, and confirmed that alongside safety and the avoidance of street cluttering, sustainability will be a major factor in determining the success of e-scooters following the trials taking place currently.

“If trials prove to be successful and the Government chooses to legalise e-scooters in the long run, then environmental sustainability will undoubtedly be a key consideration.”[1]

The government also confirmed that it would be looking to support a ‘modal shift’ in which e-scooters increasingly replace car journeys in urban areas.

Wind’s e-scooters are custom built at our own dedicated research and design facility with a lifespan of at least five years in mind. This longevity is a major factor in the overall sustainability of e-scooter operators, requiring significantly less resources than those promoting shorter life models. Furthermore, efficiencies like swappable batteries also contribute to making Wind one of the greenest e-scooter providers in operation.

Catriona Meehan, Head of Policy and Communications at Wind said

“The UK Government is absolutely right to prioritise the environmental impact of e-scooters in the broadest possible sense. This needs to be front and centre of any decision making process if the roll out is to achieve its sustainability objectives.

“E-scooters should be built to withstand the rigours of regular road usage for at least four to five years, whilst innovations like swappable batteries can also help ensure maximum overall benefit for the environment.  

“It is also positive that the Government supports a modal shift towards e-scooters replacing cars, something which is facilitated by Wind’s unique long-lease subscription option.

“We look forward to continuing to roll out our scooters across the UK, supporting Local Authorities to deliver safe, stable and sustainable riding experiences which are respectful of all road users and pedestrians.”