Hopper contributes to the reduction of the traffic load, noise pollution, particulate matter and CO₂ emissions.
Advantages of the Hopper listed:
- Better for the environment (green power, responsible production process and renewable).
- Electric scooters are clean and sustainable. Compared with the most modern and ‘cleanest’ four-stroke scooters, the electric scooter is 68% cleaner during its life span. (Source: TNO Delft and Milieucentrum 2009)
- Electric energy can nowadays be generated in a sustainable way. Renewable energy will always be available and can be generated endlessly. Petrol, on the other hand, is made from oil and the oil reserves are becoming depleted, the extraction of oil is labour-intensive and expensive, which is why Hopper has chosen for renewable energy from Greenchoice.
- Saving on maintenance.
- It can’t break if it’s not on the Hopper. In general, only 10% of a petrol scooter’s parts are on the electric scooter. For example, no gearbox, no cylinders, no chain, no carburettor, no exhaust pipe etc. This results in less maintenance and a longer life span.
- Clean, odourless and almost noiseless (no CO₂ emission or particulates, reduction of noise pollution).
- Per second, scooters emit more ultra-particulates than trucks do, and the closer to the exhaust, the higher the concentrations. As a bicyclist or pedestrian in the city, you inhale more ultra-particulates from a petrol scooter than from a driving truck.
- According to the applicable European emission standards (Euro 2), mopeds can emit six times more carbon monoxide (CO) than passenger cars. For hydrocarbons (HC) (evaporated petrol), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulates, the standards have not even been laid down.
- “A truck emits 30,000 particles per cubic centimetre per second, and a scooter 35,000 particles!”, says the spokesman of the Dutch Cyclists’ Union in a comment.
Source: ‘Pollution scooters continues’ – Milieucentrum Amsterdam.
Milieucentrum Amsterdam, the Cyclists’ Union, Foundation Doet and Vélo Mondial have launched a scooter petition to tackle the problems of unsafety, air pollution and noise. Think of a stricter law enforcement regarding speed limits, noise and antisocial behaviour, a ban on engines that pollute the most (two-stroke) and encouraging cleaner alternatives. Hopper addresses these issues with its electric service and by having an external agency certify its employees. The Hopper scooter cannot go faster than 25 km/h and is also noiseless.