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Beyond EV: Magnetic gears and micromobility

02 June 2023

The transport landscape is ever evolving, with auto manufacturers making significant progress in advancing electric vehicles (EVs). However, it’s not just cars driving the EV revolution. David Latimer, Deputy Chair of Magnomatics, looks at alternative mobility options and how they are impacted by magnetically geared motors.

The micromobility movement is growing rapidly. Over the past few years, electric two- and three-wheelers have exploded onto the scene, with people increasingly choosing lightweight electric vehicles (LEVs) as a quick, convenient, and affordable way to move around urban areas. These alternative mobility solutions are gaining favour worldwide because they offer significant opportunities to reduce congestion and improve accessibility. 

Additionally, they have great potential significantly to reduce CO2 emissions from the transport sector, as their increased adoption means that fewer vehicles emit smoke, carbon, and other harmful gases. This is promising because road transport is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions in cities. 

A study by scooter operator TIER found that, in London alone, e scooters could reduce daily car trips by over 1.2 million, for journeys of a mile or less. This would reduce daily CO2 emissions by up to 233 tons – the equivalent of 240 return flights from London to New York. Similarly, Singapore-based e-scooter rental firm Neuron Mobility, which runs schemes in three UK regions, announced that it replaced three million car journeys globally in 2021, saving 844 tonnes of carbon emissions.


Read the full article in DPA's June issue



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