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November 4, 2015

Are hoverboards eco-friendly?

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Hoverboads, airboards, airwheels, Swegways, balance scooters – there’s a lot of different names going around for these products but, although different people call them different things one thing is not in dispute: how environmentally friendly they are.

At first a lot of people saw hoverboards as just gimmicks, but it is slowly becoming clear that they could well be the start of a new personal transport revolution – one that moves us away from fossil-fuel reliant vehicles, especially for short and simple journeys.

The Segway was originally meant to do this of course, but then everyone saw it! It was big, awkward, cumbersome and, most damaging, it was expensive.

The new breed of hoverbaords, like the Monorover R2, Debonair Air Board and RioRand scooters are much nicer looking, have better in-built features and, above all, they are much more affordable.

On a full charge, today’s hoverboards can go as far as 65km (just over 40 miles) and they can offer a lovely change for people running short errands – nipping to the shops, popping round a friends house etc…

40% of all journeys under two miles that people make everyday are still made by car – and as we all know engines are at their most inefficient during short journeys. Why not swap the polluting car and get some fresh air by making some of these journeys on a hoverboard?

The downside is of course that hoverboards are charged via the mains – which carries its own carbon burden. But that is nowhere near as high as the damage caused by all those cars on the road.

A study carried out by Segway back in 2001 found the original Segway to be 4.5 times more energy efficient that the Toyota Prius, and 3.6 times more efficient that the most efficient petrol scooter.