So there is a common myth going around.
The myth is that a clean vehicle, like an esk8 for example, or an euc (electric unicycle), ebike, emotorcycle, ecar, et cetera, are not clean, because pollution is generated to make the electricity that charges them.
This is a myth. (It’s also frequently cited by someone who wants an excuse to pollute, because it makes them feel better; it makes them feel like they aren’t fucking-up the children’s planet.)
Firstly, the electricity can, in fact, be made without polluting. But let’s imagine for a moment that it cannot, or that it isn’t in your location. …
Pollution is much easier to fix when it’s all consolidated to one place – like a power plant – than when it’s spread around everywhere and owned by broke/poor people – like car/vehicle ownership.
Powerplants can indeed be cleaned up, if desired. Can we recall every family’s car(s) and tell them to pay for repairs or buy a new one? No. At least, not without getting voted out of office. Can we make new vehicles pollute at the power plant instead of locally? Yes. Will that help us clean this shit up later? FUCK YES. Because now we, as a society, have a power plant to fix or upgrade and we have mechanisms in place to decide to do this and to pay for it. If you haven’t consolidated all the pollution, then you don’t even have that option on the table.
And the smaller and more efficient the vehicles are, the less energy they use, regardless of energy source. Esk8 are the most energy efficient [non-animal-powered] vehicles ever invented. It’s little more than one of the most efficient power sources available, plus one of the most efficient motors available controlled by one of the most efficient controllers available, with a few wheels and a piece of wood to stand on.
So, not only is the pollution consolidated at a plant, but it’s a smaller amount as well. So what if the electricity that’s charging your esk8 is generated by burning coal? Well, you should feel good because
A) you’re using less dirty energy than if you drive a gasoline automobile
B) you’re doing your part to consolidate the pollution, which itself makes the problem a fixable one
So go out and go skate, my friend. You are helping.