Life cycle assessment of e-scooters in urban environment
Electric scooters have recently appeared on the streets of several major cities, including Lisbon, presenting itself as an environmentally friendly mode of transport that does not emit CO2 during its use. However, its production and collection through conventional vehicles originates environmental burdens and when the frequency of use and the lifetime are low, using this type of transport does not compensate.
The objective of this study is to perform a life cycle assessment in order to account all its environmental impacts, covering the production, use, maintenance and end of life of e-scooters, incorporating the materials component and the energy intensity of the processes used. In addition, it is important to know what type of trip the scooter has replaced for its users, thus realizing whether scooters replace pedestrian mobility, private vehicles or public transport, and whether they are only a first-/last-mile mobility option in urban areas.