This article first appeared in our Consumer Revolution issue of My Green Pod Magazine, released on 19 Dec 2019. Click here to subscribe to our digital edition and get each issue delivered straight to your inbox
More people than ever before want to act for the climate – and switching to clean transportation could be the simplest way for an individual to make a big difference.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the transport sector as ‘the fastest growing contributor to climate emissions’, yet there have never been more clean and affordable ways to get around.
When John Dorman and Teddy Thompson founded EcoMove they brought a bit of fun to a serious subject; their electric mopeds look great, are perfect for commuting and are so affordable (starting at just over £1,300) that they can help anyone to reduce the impact of their travel.
The ‘e-mopeds’ have no engine, no poisonous emissions, cost less than 1p per mile and have a range of up to 80 miles from a single charge from a household three-pin plug. The absence of an engine makes electric mopeds totally silent and 40% lighter than their petrol counterparts, so they’re much easier to handle and manoeuvre.
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EcoMove’s e-mopeds are manufactured by NIU, the global leader. They’re designed for safety and many of the features – such as GPS, ride history and battery usage – can be fed back to an app on your phone.
John and Teddy are working with some of the many businesses looking to implement ‘green policies’ and improve their corporate social responsibility. ‘We don’t just sell e-mopeds’, Teddy tells us. ‘We can also advise businesses on how to implement a low-carbon transport solution and what changes are required – from policy and procedures to finance and tax breaks.’
EcoMove is also helping councils step up to the challenge of creating Clean Air Zones; Bristol was the first council to ban diesel cars by 2021, but many people will now need to find a new way to get to work, see friends and family and do the shopping.
As with the climate emergency there is no single solution to the issues of air pollution and transport emissions, but a joined-up approach that involves individuals, business and local government can help everyone do what they can where they can.