The scooter market is constantly expanding and the model that could revolutionize comes from China: will it reach Italy?
The need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in cities and in the environment in general also necessitates the need to make different kinds of choices for daily commuting. The automotive sector is strongly focused on the production of hybrids and electric cars, a compulsory choice that the state encourages here in Italy, for example, to encourage the transition to the use of eco-vehicles and to accelerate the complex and long process of change.
Another of the changes that are starting to become drastic within the Italian cities is the establishment ZTL zonesor limited traffic, where It is not possible to roam on certain cars or motorcycles. This is also a measure aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions into the air and making pedestrian movement in urban centers of historical and touristic importance more pleasant and safer. The enforcement of this access ban makes it necessary to use public transport such as the subway, trams and buses in historic centres, or to use electric scooters.
Simultaneously with the introduction of the ZTL, in fact, rental services and the supply of electric scooters are born, which tourists and residents use to move faster and with less effort from one point in the city to another. For those who live near or directly in the city center, therefore, the Owning an electric scooter can be a convenience Not of little importance, because it would also avoid daily rent and allow it to cover the distance between the house and the rental area.
Segway-Ninebot, the scooter of the future from China: but in Italy we will not be able to use it
Currently, scooters that can be rented or purchased are all seatless, however from China Pictures arrive of a model that not only has a comfortable seat for comfort, but even a front compartment for storing a suitcase, suitcase or shopping bag. The scooter model we are referring to is called Segway-Ninebot It costs 2999 yuan (about 400 euros). This exciting mode of transport is equipped with UIFI technology for recharging, but it can also be operated via NFC. Measuring just 1.2m long and weighing 33kg, the Segway-Ninebot has a top speed of 32kph and can travel up to 45km on a single charge. The car is also equipped with an e-ABS braking system and cruise control.
Too good to be true? Well, yes, not because the medium does not exist, but simply because Unbelievable in Italy. The rules for the approval of scooters are set by the European Union and state that scooters cannot have a seat, but also cannot exceed 500 watts of power and a speed of 20 kph. Moreover, Segway-Ninbot doesn’t even have side arrows that allow the user to indicate which direction they’re going. In short, this miniscooter, without the appropriate modifications for our market, could not be sold in Italy.
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