Traditional transportation methods add up to a substantial portion of the CO2 emissions around the world. Driving a car, traveling by plane, or taking a cruise cause some of the highest carbon emissions.
The role of ride-hailing & ride-sharing
Since the past couple of years, car sharing was introduced into the transportation mix. In the beginning, the inefficiently used ride-hailing and ride-sharing services did nothing to reduce the pollution, or even they further increased it. Fleet operators quickly understood that if vehicles are adjusted to electric ones, they can contribute to a positive change instead of further polluting the planet. Secondly, with the use of booking platforms, these companies can oversee, manage, and predict the most efficient solutions. When travelers are booking their rides, they are paired with the closest and most convenient vehicle options. Ride-sharing services are booked according to the most efficient route so that cars are not on the road unnecessarily. Ride-sharing also enables fewer cars on the roads, and when electric ones replace traditional cars, it is more sustainable for the future.
The role of micro-mobility vehicles
Electric scooter companies and private operators tirelessly work on a modern mobility infrastructure that enables them to share transportation data, user interfaces with transit riders, and learn as much as possible about travel patterns, congested locations, and areas that are most affected by the lack of public transportation.
Going electric in the transportation industry is one robust way to fight climate change. What local and national governments can do to support the industry's growth is to offer tax rebates, reduce purchase pricing, and implement or even just enable the supporting infrastructure. These include bike lanes, camera systems, artificial intelligence, and sensors.
By regulating the service providers, ensuring that bikes are appropriately parked instead of left in piles on the side of the roads (as it was at the start of the appearance of the first micromobility fleets), and people are given healthier and greener opportunities to commute. The key in fighting climate change within the transportation industry is to systematically replace the traditional vehicles with electric ones and facilitate the change by creating the supply chain and the infrastructure for the new operators.