Micromobility

Micromobility

Micromobility explores the disruption to urban transport that comes from new electric, lightweight utility vehicles. Using the history of computing as a framework, we unpack how e-bikes, scooters and more will change how people get around cities.

Hosted by Oliver Bruce and Horace Dediu.



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13: The environmental implications of micromobility with Dr Chris Cherry

November 28, 2018 at 10:00PM • 47 minutes • Wiki Entry

On today's episode, we're joined by Dr Chris Cherry (@drchrischerry), Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee and Director of Light Electric Vehicle Education and Research (LEVER) Initiative, an international academic/industry research consortium on lightweight and low speed EV's about the environmental and social implications of micromobility.

We discuss:
- How China's electric micromobility sector has grown to lead the world, and how Chris and his colleagues have worked to understand it.
- The framework that they use to understand the benefits that lightweight electric utility vehicles offer users - notably low cost, point to point, low emission transport.
- The emission and energy use of micromobility vehicles compared to other options.
- How to think about whether micromobility is additive or substitutive trips vs. incumbent modes of transport.
- What the role of fun plays in micromobility adoption.
- Which cities will benefit the most from the ride of micromobility and why.

Apologies for the slightly jerky editing - had a few audio editing issues.

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Show Notes & Links Presented by CacheFly

The article by David Banister that Chris referenced: New Sustainable Mobility Paradigm: http://www.civil.ist.utl.pt/~martinez/PDF/MobiCredit/Paper10.pdf