AutoWhen and how was the electric scooter invented?

When and how was the electric scooter invented?

Nobody can deny that the electric scooter has revolutionized the idea that we had, until now, of mobility, offering a real alternative to the more conventional modes of transport. The scooter was raised years ago as a toy for the smallest of the house. However, little by little, it has become a perfect means of transport for all those people who move daily through large cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. However, its history goes back a long way … And it is that, in 1915, the Krupp empire, a company dedicated to the manufacture of small arms during the 30 Years’ War, switched to the production of motorized skateboards – with a motorized motor. 155-cubic-centimeter gasoline – at its Long Island, New York, factory

It was from the 1930s that this type of vehicle began to evolve. Thus, the brakes, lights and suspension were improved, as well as the folding models. The first models were heavy and with a rather reduced maneuverability, but with the passage of time all these characteristics were improved, even models with a seat were manufactured. After World War II, the production of these motorized scooters increased, due in large part to the fact that some countries suffered from gasoline shortages, which ended up becoming the predecessors of the modern electric scooters that we know today.

60s – 80s

Although, during the 60s , scooters were still built with wood, they already began to undergo modifications, such as the vertical bar that was added to provide the user with greater support and stability. However, it took until the 1980s for scooters made with less heavy and more resistant materials, such as aluminum, to appear on the scene.

The wheels also evolved, as they began to be made with resistant polymeters, instead of rubber, thus achieving better grip and greater speed. In fact, the new scooters already featured a folding handlebar and a rear wheel brake system. It was then when, by transforming into lighter vehicles, they began to be seen more on the streets of some large cities, spreading the fever of scooters among children and adults, indistinctly.

90s – present

During the 90s , the use of the scooter, as well as that of the skateboard and skateboarding, was already standardized by society, so it was necessary to take a further step forward. Thus, it was possible to incorporate an electric motor to the scooter to avoid having to pedal continuously.

Currently, there are numerous manufacturers of scooters , who are constantly innovating and introducing new improvements and useful features, with the aim of satisfying the great demand that there is for electric scooters, and trying to meet the needs of the customer and the global market. Unlike the first models, the current electric scooters are much cheaper, lighter and, above all, sustainable; characteristics that, without a doubt, have helped make them another alternative to the most polluting means of transport.

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