The solution for EPZs is the electric car. But electric vehicles are expensive and mostly second vehicles. At a time when buying a liter of sunflower oil is an ordeal and the mustard jar is more desirable than an original Mazda MX5 NA, for many of us, getting an electric car is like a financial sacrifice. However, there are alternatives to the EV automobile, they say. We decided to make you a survival guide in ZFE on these machines. However, none of these will offer the comfort of an automobile. This article is economical and not ecological. Finally, note that these are suggestions and can be used occasionally, constantly, or not at all. Everyone is free to do what they want. Also note that the ranges considered are the actual ranges and not those advertised by the manufacturers. The price is based on a kWh of €0.19.
It has a bad image and yet the electric scooter offers the best balance of price, size, maintenance, ease of use and fuel consumption per kilometer. It overcomes rush hours on public transport and some models can travel 140 km on a single charge. Buying a model that can follow you every day and offers at least 40 km of autonomy will cost around €700.
With a 0.55 kWh battery, the 40 km will cost you €0.10. That’s €0.25/100 km. Charging at his workplace is possible. Some of these scooters survived the 15,000 km without any problems.
On the other hand, the battery is not easy to change (it lasts about 1,000 cycles or 40,000 km) and often costs 60% of the object price.
Electrically assisted bike
In the 1990s, the bicycle was the tool of freedom for children and young people. Today there’s electric assist, that handy little boost that keeps you from sweating. Prices for VAE have exploded, but at €2.30 per liter SP 95 it can quickly become profitable. There are all styles. It’s even possible to ride a bike that looks like a supermotard to become a kid again living an adult dream. The benefit is that once you get comfortable on a bike, you’ll appreciate the machine’s ease of use and you’ll always have a lot of fun with it. Only the checkout during the purchase will be painful. But at least the builder overhaul doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Easily count 70km of autonomy for a 750Wh battery that can easily handle 1,000 to 1,200 cycles.
Note that helmets are only compulsory outside of built-up areas. Still, when discussed among cyclists, it’s an excellent way to prevent a violent head-bang in the event of a serious fall.
At 70 km, the electrically assisted bicycle has the luxury of being the cheapest kilometer for €0.135 or €0.19/100 km, provided you always make maximum use of the assistance. The more you pedal, the less you pay. The power comes from the ability to exceed 25 km/h with the power of the thighs in order to shorten the travel time even further.
The Delivery Tricycle is a 3 wheel electric assisted bike with a tray that allows you to shop, take the kids for a walk and most importantly stop at a traffic light without putting your foot on the ground. It is very useful for people who have no sense of balance, safer than cycling. It’s very visible in the ZFE and cyclists and will bring you a smile, which is rather rare in mainland France. He has great greatness against him which forces him to stay out very often and expose him to theft as he is obviously very desirable. Because let’s not dream, the ZFEs will not ensure the safety of alternatives to the automobile. Prices range from €3,000 to €5,500. The 0.5 kWh battery offers approx. 40 km with maximum support. Count on €1.25/100km, making it the most profitable family vehicle on the market.
Let’s offer a beer to the person who developed this machine. It is true that by its concept we entrust our stability to the good will of an assembly of controller, battery, motor and energy manager whose aim is to exert a force opposite to that which we exert on it. Every ride becomes a pleasure reminiscent of a sporty holiday. You are literally one with the machine. The other advantage: no one will bother you. You are mistaken for a weirdo who realizes there aren’t enough ways to die. Indeed, well equipped, the risk of injury is reduced. The Gyroroue brings fun and spice to your life. The Gyroroues have developed well. Kingsong S18 features a 1.1kWh battery with LFP (Lithium, Iron, Phosphate) cells, which can support more than 2000 cycles. Count at least 50 km. That’s a cost of €0.44/100 km. Like pedelecs, unicycles are expensive to buy. Maintenance is rare but complex.
50cc small electric scooter
As a child you dreamed of a 103 SP moped, a Vespa or a Solex. You can ride an electric scooter for a sum between 3800 and 7200 euros. All the efficiency and responsiveness of electric power in ideal silence so as not to disturb passers-by in low-emission areas who won’t even hear you coming. It is clearly the most effective tool, the fastest, the most stable, but above all the most rational. Some models have a removable battery. A 3 kWh battery offers a minimum range of 80 km. This results in costs of €2.14/100 km.
Recently approved by law to measure cycle lanes, much to the chagrin of cyclists who see it as an anemic scooter, the electric balance bike combines the comfort of the small scooter and the speed offered by certain bicycle facilities. Speed, but in many cases also safety, especially in the suburbs where these lanes are sometimes separated from the road. While the 25km/h speed can be frustrating, the fewer stops on these routes make up for it. A sense of continuous rolling, which isn’t bad. It takes the eyes of annoyed cyclists to see you’re moving effortlessly, but is that really a problem? The 0.806 kWh battery offers at least 50 km of range on a single charge. These are costs of €0.30/100 km.
We might call this solution: healing evil with evil. Self-service rental has tarnished the image of electric scooters and self-service bike rentals.
However, it has advantages since it avoids the investment of a machine and its obsolescence. However, it is hoped that the service chosen will provide a minimum of vehicles and be based on a minimally functional application.
On average, a scooter costs one euro per service and 0.25 euros per minute. Assuming an average of 17 km/h, this works out to €93.20 / 100 km assuming you cover the 100 km in 5 rentals. We agree, this is the least profitable solution. Let’s say you can use it to break free from running occasionally to get somewhere in town faster.
Conventional rentals, such as the Veligo, allow us to test whether the means of transport suits us without obligation. For example, calculate €40/month for a 6-month subscription to Veligo. From an average of 10 km/day we get a price of €13.60/100 km if we include the cost of charging.
What is mortal about this story is that we are told that there are alternatives to using the automobile. This is entirely true, but not for all applications. Then it is neither one nor the other. Marrying one of these vehicles does not mean divorcing the car. Whether you prefer to use the bike only when the weather is nice or the scooter from time to time is up to you. After all, the savings are real. That’s more than obvious. With a fixed travel time and, if the infrastructure is right, a hell of a lot of fun. But nothing gives you the comfort of a car, automatic air conditioning, level autonomous driving, isolation. However, if it can be comfortable to be in traffic.
From there, it’s up to you to make your decisions. But whatever your preference, it must not create guilt. However, and contrary to many popular beliefs, keep in mind that these electrical devices do not last forever. They wear out like their components. But even when you factor the price of the replacement into the equation, they’re still inexpensive. We are then told that it is not ecological. Certainly. But as initially announced, this article was written for economic reasons.