Electric transportation, good or bad for the environment?

As a promoter for the arctic animals, polar bears first and foremost, we are always happy to hear about new climate-friendly transportation vehicles that emerge. Like the hoverboard for example. An electric transportation vehicle that has since it first got introduced spread like a wild-fire. Sadly, things ended pretty bad for some of those who jumped the gun on this new trend straight away.

We’ve taken a look at the effect these products may have on our planet and arctic wildlife.

What are the effects on our climate for using electric transportation

Perhaps you’ve read earlier in one of our articles about the small things and lifestyle changes you can do in order to lower your carbon footprint. If enough of us took the time to do at least one thing on our list the combined effect of everyone doing one small change to their lives would be huge. Not only for you but also for those with whom we share this planet, the animals.

The United States has done a great job cleaning up carbon dioxide outlets from power plants in order to generate natural and climate-friendly electricity. According to studies made,  for the first time since 1979, cars, truck and airplanes emits more carbon dioxide than power plants do.

This is a huge step forward and a more than enough reason for us to start using different types of electric transportation.

We researched that even though there are different types of hoverboards with different battery sizes, the most standard one is 4400mAh. They are said to take you anywhere between 8-12 miles on a full charge which could easily translate into a store-run, going to school/work or the gym, there and back again.

A 4400mAh battery would consume ~125Wh of electricity in order to get from 0% to a 100% charge. At a cost of $0.14kWh it would cost no more than $0.14 x 0.125(kWh) = $0.0175.

For less than 10 cents per charge you can transport yourself + a backpack or 50lbs of groceries (depending on your weight) up to 8-12 miles. With the chart above in mind, we can draw to the conclusion that small electric vehicles like scooters, hoverboards or bikes used as substitutes for taking your car can have a very beneficial impact on today’s pollution of our planet.

Even though hoverboards target audience is kids, that could be you not having to take the car to pick them up or leave them at school. And considering these have the strongest batteries among the simple electric transportation vehicles, then using transportation for adults like scooters and bikes would end up consuming even less electricity. They often tend to go further on a full charge than hoverboards too. That due to the technology involved with balancing a humans total weight without making them fall off consumes more electricity.


For first-world countries across the world, using electronic vehicles can very much be a great but small investment for reducing the pollution of our planet. As long as there are things being done in order to ensure more natural and clean electricity. The impact will not only keep some of your hard-earned money in your pockets. It greatly affects the climate of our planet in a positive way.

Electric vs fueled transportation

Setting these two against each other to us feels meaningless, but we hope to be able to open your eyes to exactly what the differences between

With the above as an example. We estimate that a fully charged hoverboard can take you 10 miles (16 kilometers) and uses 0.125kWh of electricity per full charge.

We also estimate that a car uses about 1 liter of gas per 6 miles.

Hoverboard co2 outlet

Generating 1kWh with coal emits approximately 2 pounds of co2.

1kHw is equal to 80 miles of hoverboard-riding or 8 full charges.

A hoverboard passively emits 0.25 pounds of co2 per 10 miles or charge. (2 divided by 8 is equal to 0.25 pounds of co2 per charge.)

Car co2 outlet

Fuel used to take a car 10 miles (16 kilometers) are approximately  1.6 liters of gas.

1 liter of gas used by a car emits around 5.3 pounds of co2.

A car emits 8.48 pounds of co2 per 10 miles of driving. ( 5.3 times 1.6 equals 8.48 of co2 per 10 miles of usage.)


Next time you need to go somewhere close to home. If you have something that goes on batteries, plug it in and use that instead. Taking the car for shorter errands might even end up emitting more than the above-calculated co2 due to the fact that starting/stopping, traffic, and weather can have a negative effect on your car’s gas usage.

So for the love of all animals, our planet, and our kids. Seek to do the small things that add up to a huge difference.


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